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Is Lyrica Addictive?

Is Lyrica addictive? Many prescription drugs have the potential to lead to addiction, and Lyrica is one of them. At Washburn House, we offer help for Lyrica addiction at our drug addiction treatment centers. Call us today at 855.298.3104 to learn more about our compassionate substance abuse treatment.

Is Lyrica Addictive?

Lyrica is an anticonvulsant that treats diabetic nerve pain, fibromyalgia, and anxiety disorders. Its active ingredient is pregabalin, which reduces abnormal brain activity, therefore helping prevent seizures and decrease anxiety while at the same time blocking nerve pain by interfering with pain receptors.  

Lyrica is a Schedule V drug because some people experience euphoria when taking it, even if taking it as prescribed. It can increase feelings of calm, functioning a bit like Valium or alcohol. In fact, the feeling is so similar to being drunk that Lyrica has the nickname “Budweiser.” 

Why Is Lyrica Addictive? Understanding Its Effects 

Lyrica can be dangerous when combined with opioids, which is what people tend to do because it heightens the sense of euphoria. An overdose can easily happen, causing symptoms like: 

  • Sweating  
  • Confusion 
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Agitation 
  • Breathing problems 
  • Extreme drowsiness  
  • Mood swings 
  • Irregular heart rate and blood pressure 

If you find you can’t stop using Lyrica or you suffer from withdrawal symptoms if you try, you likely have a Lyrica addiction.  

Treating Lyrica Addiction: Choosing the Right Treatment Option 

At Washburn House, we offer many treatment programs to help you break away from addiction and get sober.  

Avoiding Withdrawal Symptoms With Medical Detox 

One of the challenges of beginning treatment for any addiction is the detox process. You need to get rid of the substance, but your body has become used to functioning with the drug, so when it’s gone, you experience withdrawal symptoms.  

Lyrica withdrawal symptoms include: 

  • Nausea 
  • Headaches 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Anxiety 
  • Sleeping problems 
  • Aggressive behavior 
  • Rapid heart rate 

To help you avoid these symptoms, which can be uncomfortable and even dangerous, we offer medical detox services. Medical detox provides medications that minimize or eliminate withdrawal symptoms so you can begin treatment correctly.  

Get Intensive Care With Residential Treatment 

For those just starting their journey toward sobriety, we recommend residential treatment. It allows you to remove yourself from your regular environment and focus on therapy.  

We provide individual and group therapy sessions, using many different types of treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help you understand the cause of the addiction.  

You also receive family therapy sessions to help you heal the relationships that may have been damaged during your active Lyrica addiction.  

Achieve More Freedom With Outpatient Care 

For those who complete residential treatment or cannot take the time to enter treatment full-time, we offer outpatient care.  

Our partial hospitalization program provides hours of treatment most days of the week, while our intensive-outpatient program helps you begin making the transition to daily life by offering fewer hours but a high level of support when you need it.  

We also provide standard outpatient services, including relapse prevention sessions, to help you maintain your sobriety as you return to your regular environment.  

You can participate in alumni programs and aftercare services, as well, to keep yourself on track once you leave structured treatment.   

Call Washburn House Now

At our treatment centers, you can get the help you need when battling addiction and mental health conditions. We provide treatment programs to suit all levels of care so that you don’t have to compromise on the treatment you receive.  

Don’t go through another day battling an addiction when help is available. Contact Washburn House today at 855.298.3104 to speak with our admissions team about starting an addiction treatment program in one of our drug addiction treatment centers.  

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