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Addiction can be difficult to overcome, especially without the right support. If left untreated, prescription drug addiction – including pregabalin addiction – can take over your life.

It can impact your relationships, finances, career, and general well-being. Likewise, it can impact your mental and physical health.

This is why it’s so important that you receive the right treatment for your addiction. Rehab is often the best option when it comes to overcoming drug addiction. However, it can be difficult to determine the right rehab for you and your circumstances.

This is something our friendly team at Help4Addiction can help with. We can source the right rehab plan at the right rehab clinic for you and your circumstances.

Read on for everything you need to know about pregabalin rehab, including information about pregabalin addiction, pregabalin abuse, pregabalin withdrawal and of course, the pregabalin addiction treatment process.

What is Pregabalin?

Pregabalin is a form of prescription medication that may be prescribed for a range of medical conditions. For example, nerve pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, epilepsy, as well as anxiety. It is sold under the brand name Lyrica.

Like with any prescription drug, it’s important to check that you can mix it with other prescribed medication. Lyrica may cause adverse effects if mixed with drugs used to treat high blood pressure among other medications.

Pregabalin is classified as a Class C drug in the UK, which makes it a controlled substance. It is only available on prescription – however, people find a way to use the drug recreationally. This is a form of drug abuse – see ‘Pregabalin Abuse’ for more on this topic.

The prescription drug works to treat nerve pain by affecting the pain messages travelling through your central nervous system, which makes pregabalin an effective form of pain relief medication.

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Pregabalin Addiction Explained

Although pregabalin isn’t considered a highly addictive substance, it is possible to develop a tolerance to the drug over time. This means you’ll need to take a higher dose to feel the same effects of the drug.

Over time, this can lead to you developing a psychological Lyrica addiction. However, it’s unlikely to cause physical dependence. Prescription drug addiction can be debilitating and can affect all areas of your life.

It can impact your friendships, relationships, family, finances, and general well-being. Also, drug addiction can impact your physical health and mental health.

Some signs of pregabalin addiction include a lack of control over taking the drug, experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when you stop taking it, and trying to source prescription medication through illicit means.

If you think you have an addiction to Lyrica, we can help at Help4Addiction. See ‘Pregabalin Addiction Treatment’ to learn more about the rehab process, and how we can help you overcome your addiction to prescription drugs.

Pregabalin Abuse

Just like you can abuse alcohol and other drugs, it’s possible to abuse prescription medication too. Pregabalin abuse ultimately refers to taking Lyrica in any way other than prescribed.

One of the main forms of pregabalin abuse is taking a higher dose than recommended. It’s important to take your medication as prescribed. If you’re taking the drug for central neuropathic pain or peripheral pain, the maximum recommended dosage is 600mg per day (in two to three doses).

When taking for seizures, you may begin taking the drug at 25mg, moving up to 50mg daily. Again, the maximum recommendation is 600mg daily. For anxiety, you may be prescribed 150 mg of Lyrica daily, moving up to 300mg – with a maximum dose of 600mg per day.

Another form of prescription drug abuse is taking your prescribed medication when it’s not needed – for example, to feel ‘high’. Mixing pregabalin with other drugs or alcohol can also be classified as drug abuse.

Abusing pregabalin, among other prescription medications can be dangerous, and can increase the risk of developing a tolerance to the drug, which can lead to addiction and dependence.

Drug abuse and drug addiction are both forms of substance use disorder – with dependence being the more severe form of the disorder. It is a chronic and relapsing brain disorder that can impact your life.

If you have pregabalin dependence, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it or drastically lower the dose. Read on to learn more about pregabalin withdrawal symptoms.

Pregabalin Withdrawal Symptoms

If you stop taking pregabalin suddenly after taking it for a long time, or if you’re used to a high dose, then you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Likewise, if you go from a high dose to a low dose, you may also experience symptoms of withdrawal.

Pregabalin withdrawal can take its toll on your mental and physical health. Read on to learn more about Lyrica withdrawal symptoms – specifically what symptoms of pregabalin withdrawal to expect.

Physical Symptoms

Pregabalin withdrawal symptoms aren’t usually severe – most people only experience mild withdrawal symptoms. Some physical withdrawal symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, and increased heart rate.

However, some people may experience more severe withdrawal symptoms such as seizures. If you have a more severe addiction, we recommend that you consider a medical detox. See ‘Pregabalin Detoxification’ to learn more.

Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms

As well as experiencing physical symptoms of withdrawal, you may also experience a range of psychological and behavioural withdrawal symptoms.

Although these can ease with time, addiction therapy can help to address these symptoms. Some behavioural and psychological pregabalin withdrawal symptoms may include:

Pregabalin Addiction Treatment: The Process

Addiction treatment can vary from person to person and from clinic to clinic. However, the process for treating pregabalin addiction often remains the same. You will begin your rehab journey with detoxification, move on to therapy, and then finish with secondary treatment.

With so many treatment options, it can be tough to find the right rehab plan and rehab clinic to treat your pregabalin addiction.

For example, there is inpatient rehab/ residential rehab, outpatient rehab, quasi-residential rehab, private rehab, rehab for NHS patients, luxury rehab centres, and many more.

At Help4Addiction, we can guide you through the process. On top of that, we can source the best rehab clinic for you to overcome your addiction to Lyrica.

We’ll take into account your personal circumstances, preferences and requirements and discuss your treatment options to determine the right addiction treatment services for you.

Pregabalin Detoxification

Whether you are in rehab for pregabalin addiction, cocaine addiction, codeine addiction, alcohol addiction or more, the first thing you will need to overcome is the physical addiction.

In drug rehab, this is achieved by completing a drug detox. Detoxification is the process of cleansing your body of the substance you’re addicted to.

During this stage of rehab, you may experience Lyrica withdrawal symptoms. These can be uncomfortable, which is why many people prefer to undergo a medical detox.

During medical detox, you will detox from drugs under medical supervision. In some cases, medical professionals may administer detox medication to ease the process.

The length of time that the pregabalin detox process takes can vary depending on a range of factors. For example, your medical history, height, weight, age, as well as your addiction history.

The general rule of thumb is that the longer you’ve been addicted to pregabalin, the longer it will take to cleanse your body of the substance. Likewise, the higher the dose you’re used to, the longer it will take to detox.

Pregabalin Addiction Therapy

Because detoxification only addresses the physical aspect of addiction, you’re sure to benefit from additional treatment upon completing a detox. Therapy has numerous benefits for those in pregabalin addiction recovery.

There are many different forms of therapy – however, one of the most common therapies used to treat pregabalin addiction, along with other drug addictions and alcohol addiction, is CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). Some other therapies include:

Therapy aims at improving your strength, which is essential to combat pregabalin cravings. Counselling and other therapies can help you to gain an understanding of yourself and your addiction – for example, what decisions or factors may have contributed to your addiction, or what may trigger your addiction. This can be helpful when overcoming your addiction.

Other talking therapies such as CBT can teach you valuable and effective coping strategies that are useful in times of crisis and stress. You can implement these strategies in all areas of your life, and they can be used to help prevent a pregabalin relapse.

Secondary Treatment

Secondary treatment (also referred to as aftercare) has the purpose of supporting you along your recovery journey. Leaving rehab and returning to your everyday life can be difficult, and you must have a solid support system in place.

If you’re looking for secondary addiction treatment services, our team at Help4Addiction can find the best one for you. Most rehab plans include secondary services – however, if you’re looking for something different, contact us to learn more.

Aftercare has many forms; telephone support/ helpline, online support, ongoing counselling or therapy, and more.

Secondary care is administered on an outpatient basis. Ultimately, secondary treatment can streamline the transition from rehab to everyday life and can help to prevent relapse.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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