Soma Detox Centers
Soma, generically marketed as carisoprodol, is used to lessen pain from muscle spasms and to relax muscles. Therefore, it is categorized as a muscle relaxant. But, it is a scheduled drug because it has a high potential for abuse and subsequent dependence. In fact, it has the highest risk of dependence in its class of drugs.
Some people report taking it in conjunction with hydrocodone and Xanax in order to get high. This combo is referred to as “The Trinity” or “The Holy Cocktail.”
If you have been using your Soma non-medically, especially in conjunction with other medications, you have likely developed a dependence or addiction. According to an article in Current Drug Abuse Review, “diversion and abuse of carisoprodol and its adverse health effects appear to have dramatically increased over the last several years” You run a true risk; it is possible to overdose and for that to lead to death. Just because Soma is prescribed by a doctor and made in a professional laboratory setting doesn’t make it safe.
If you feel ready for treatment, you need to prepare yourself to stop using the Soma and to get clean. But, this can feel impossible to do on your own, especially when withdrawal symptoms set in. But, you don’t have to do it alone. You can find support and management of your symptoms by attending professional, structured detox.
To find a program that can help you cut-off your Soma use and prepare for proper rehab, call 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?). Our advisors are ready to answer all of your questions, including ones about funding, and to direct you to facilities that meet your specific need. Don’t wait to get help; call now.
Detoxification is the process that transitions you from acutely intoxicated to a drug- and alcohol-free state. The goal of detox is to help you manage the discomfort of this period, limiting the negative effects of the process.
Soma withdrawal can be life-threatening (especially in cases where you use high doses), particularly if you try to quit “cold turkey.” When you attend professional detox, the staff has a number of interventions they can use to limit and treat the symptoms of Soma withdrawal, as well as the ancillary health problems this process creates.
When you begin using Soma with regularity, you will develop a tolerance, which means that the drugs will have less effect on you as time goes on. You will require more and more Soma to get the results that you originally experienced. This is because your brain and body have begun compensating for the Soma in your system.
But, this also means that the compensation functioning requires the presence of Soma. You are dependent upon it. When you cease taking it, your body will object and register the negative withdrawal symptoms.
Because Soma causes both relaxation and sleepiness, its withdrawal symptoms are actually rather close to those experienced when people stop taking barbiturates, a class of drugs that also cause those effects. According to an article on barbiturate withdrawal syndrome, the symptoms begin on the second to fourth day after use and include:
If left untreated, the following may occur:
- Circulatory failure
Further, as Soma is so often mixed with other drugs and/or alcohol, withdrawal symptoms may also include those of other substances of abuse.
When you stop using Soma, you may also experience numerous cognitive changes that extend onward for months. These can include:
- Increased depression
- Increased anxiety
- Sudden onset of severe aggression
- New or aggravated phobias
- Long- and short-term memory loss
- Reduced IQ
How Detox Can Help
Detox will treat the physical symptoms of withdrawal, they psychological symptoms of withdrawal, and any co-occurring disorders that accompany your addiction. If you choose to go cold turkey and independently treat yourself during detox, you won’t be able to provide such comprehensive care.
Because Soma withdrawal can be life threatening, doctors will put a titration plan in place. A titration plan will involve replacing the Soma with another drug and slowly weaning the patient off of it. Although not all detox centers will do this, most of them follow this plan as it limits withdrawal symptoms and allows patients to remain in detox without relapsing.
Soma withdrawal also causes extreme anxiety and psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, may be used to help you cope with these symptoms.
If you want to make the detox process a successful first step in your recovery, contact us at 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?). You can get the help that you need as soon as possible.