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Pregabalin Addiction

Pregabalin Addiction: Signs, Help & Therapy

If you know anyone suffering from epilepsy or anxiety, Pregabalin could be a familiar topic. At the Executive Rehab Guide, we are aware of just how dangerous and addictive this common prescription drug can be.

As with all drugs that adjust the brain’s reward system, Pregabalin can become addictive.

Unfortunately, Pregabalin, being a Gabapentinoid, is both chemically and psychologically addictive, meaning that there is both a mental and physical element to the addiction that makes this drug especially hard to quit.

Pregabalin addiction overview

How to spot a Pregabalin addiction?

  • Using alone without other people knowing
  • Hiding your usage
  • Memory loss
  • Lying about the amount you take
  • Using it to shut out negative thoughts
  • Trying to forget memories or traumas
  • Trying to numb any pain – physical or psychological
  • Using it to turn down thoughts of guilt and shame
  • Others being concerned about your behaviour
  • Turning into a different person

Treatment: Pregabalin rehab

  • Treatment programmes that last from 28-90 days
  • 1-3 week detoxes
  • Identifies any co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Outpatient sessions
  • Inpatient “life-changing” programmes

Like any addiction, dependency on Pregabalin is treatable, but the devastating effects of the drug mean that it is one of the most difficult substances to successfully withdraw from and stay off permanently.

If you are addicted to Pregabalin and struggling to give it up, or you’re concerned about a friend or loved one, don’t delay and take the first step towards effective treatment and recovery as soon as possible.

Explore the options of treatment for Pregabalin addiction at a residential rehab, with medical staff on hand to help you every step of the way.

Some rehab choices in the UK

Types of therapy for Pregabalin addiction

Like addiction to any substance, the long-term treatment pathway involves physical detox and withdrawal, followed by a recovery that can include group therapy and psychological treatments undertaken in a residential rehab facility, like Castle Craig, for example.

The journey will require patience, effort, understanding and vulnerability. 

Therapy is going to aim at helping you build a better, stronger relationship with yourself so that you can cope with whatever life throws at you reasonably.

Detox and therapy benefits

  1. Be in a secure and safe environment
  2. Medically managed detoxes with round the clock, 24/7 care and support
  3. Opens you up to a life-changing diagnosis that ensures you receive the correct help
  4. Experienced team of doctors, nurses and therapists (note, not all facilities will have onsite medical staff – ask us to see who does)
  5. Personalised rehabilitation and aftercare programmes (some facilities)
  6. Work on strategies to prevent relapse

Getting professional help

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Treating addiction to any substance is a complex process that takes time and is always best done under the guidance of medical experts.

Because of the physical symptoms of withdrawal, as well as the physical and psychological conditions of dependency, treatment for Pregabalin addiction is always best in a residential setting, under the careful supervision of medical experts.

At the Executive Rehab Guide, we use our years of experience in understanding prescription drug addiction to help you find the right place to recover.

Call 0808 1150 446 today to speak to one of our experts to discuss your path to health and life beyond Pregabalin addiction.

Danger of death

In recent years, the UK government has reclassified Pregabalin as a controlled substance because of the increased use of it as an illicit street drug, beyond the relative safety of a doctor’s prescription.

In Northern Ireland, for example, the danger is especially visible, with a skyrocketing increase in the number of deaths associated with the drug of 980% in just four years.

The long-term impact

The good and bad news regarding the long-term effects of Pregabalin abuse is that so far, not enough is known about the effects over an extended period of time.

Unlike many other addictive prescription drugs, there is not sufficient evidence at this stage to suggest there are any long-term serious neurological consequences to being addicted to Pregabalin.

However, this does not mean that addiction is without some serious negative effects, or that overcoming addiction to Pregabalin will be easy.

Call 0808 1150 446 today to speak to one of our experts to discuss your path to health and life beyond Pregabalin addiction.

"I knew in my heart that this would be a place of hope, for people and families whose lives are ravaged by addiction who are hopeless and helpless, even though they don't realise it sometimes, and that this place would be a sanctuary for them to find the help and healing that they needed."

Dr Anne McCann
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