lyrica addiction treatment
What are Lyrica pills?
Lyrica is an analgesic that contains pregabalin, which is an antiepileptic and nerve pain reliever. Lyrica pills are used as a treatment for people with partial epilepsy so that it does not expand and become scattered throughout the body and is confined to one area. Lyrica is also used to treat pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes, a spinal cord injury, or a shingles infection known as shingles.
Therefore, Lyrica pills are originally a therapeutic drug that stabilizes the electrical activity of the brain, as the brain contains many neurons connected to each other through electrical signals, and these signals must be in a stable state as when these signals exceed their limits normal brain cells turn into a state of stimulation caused by epileptic seizures. Therefore, Lyrica helps prevent the occurrence of those epileptic seizures by regulating the electrical activity of the brain.
But Lyrica is like other analgesic drugs, if it’s consumed in large doses without supervision and follow-up by the doctor, the abusers will fall prey to addiction and its deadly damage.
The Lyrica pills’ addiction
The main reason for Lyrica addiction is due to its relationship with Tramadol, as it has become an alternative to Tramadol addicts. In fact, the Lyrica addiction has competed with Tramadol addiction in many societies due to it being easier to get access to and its low price compared to Tramadol’s price, although Lyrica capsules are completely different from Tramadol tablets. As it’s different in the chemical structure, Tramadol acts on one of the receptors of the central nervous system, while Lyrica capsules help relieve nervous inflammation resulting from the withdrawal of Tramadol from the body. But after abusing Lyrica pills regularly without medical supervision to determine the permissible doses, a person becomes addicted to them.
The Lyrica addiction falls under the name of drug addiction or drug and stimulant addiction, and therefore Lyrica addiction is considered one of the most dangerous types of addiction that is destructive to society because it is easy to obtain compared to other types of drugs, and the risk may double if there remains to be no clear legal legislation governing the circulation of Lyrica pills and its damages.
The use of Lyrica pills is widespread among young people in the Arab world, especially during exams time, thinking that it helps to increase focus and attention and reduce stress and anxiety, unaware of the dire consequences and that it’s an addiction that is difficult to treat.
Another category of users of Lyrica pills believe that it is a somewhat sexual tonic, but this belief is completely wrong, as Lyrica capsules have no effect on the sexual process, but on the contrary, there are many damages caused by Lyrica on the nerves in general, which affects the sexual process by default.
The Lyrica addiction’s side effects
On the long run, the Lyrica pills abuse causes many serious health, psychological and social problems, some of the most remarkable are:
- Constant feeling of dizziness and inability to focus.
- Severe swelling in the legs.
- A noticeable increase in weight gain that may reach the point of obesity.
- Lyrica addicts get repetitive daydreaming.
- The addict experiences constant imbalance due to malfunctioning in his brain and the inability of the addict’s brain to control other organs in the body.
- Lyrica addiction causes impotence of the addict.
- Women addicted to Lyrica may experience menstrual disorders, and it also reduces the percentage of testosterone secretion and increases the rate of sperm deformation in male addicts.
- An increase in the heart rate 4 times the normal rate, which increases the chance of a heart attack and sudden death.
- Lyrica stimulates all the psychological and neurological factors that lead to chronic depression and suicidal thoughts.
- A Lyrica addict may develop a severe behavioral disorder, contrary to his nature, which leads him to harm himself, his family, or his friends.
- Uncontrolled urination is a common Lyrica addiction risk.
- Severe drop in blood platelets and being at the risk of suffering from kidney stones.
- Addiction to Lyrica or addiction in general is often accompanied by abnormal behaviors that may lead to the transmission of dangerous types of infections such as AIDS, hepatitis C and B.
Lyrica addiction treatment at Dar El-Taafy for addiction treatment and psychiatry
Treatment of Lyrica addiction begins with the withdrawal of the drug from the body and treating withdrawal symptoms. What is meant by withdrawal symptoms in addiction is a group of physiological symptoms that affect the addict when he stops using the narcotic or stimulant substance that he is accustomed to using regularly.
Withdrawal symptoms of Lyrica addiction include many physical and psychological signs ranging from severe lethargy, digestive disorders and severe insomnia, as well as severe bone and muscle pain, chronic depression and suicidal tendencies, excessive nervousness and irritability and persistent headaches.
Therefore, the sudden cessation of the use of Lyrica pills must be under medical supervision and in a specialized place to work to remove toxins from the body and treat withdrawal symptoms.
When treating Lyrica addiction patients, doctors and addiction treatment experts rely on an integrated pharmacological, psychological and behavioral program, and the most prominent of its components are:
- Assessment of the addict’s health, psychological and social condition, and based on it the other points of the treatment program are modified and allocated.
- Reducing the doses taken by the addict until it reaches the zero stage, where the stage of withdrawing the drug from the body takes a period ranging from 4 to 15 days, according to the amount that the addict was abusing.
- A medical plan that helps counteract the withdrawal symptoms of Lyrica addiction and reduce its severity, such as antidepressants, medicines for digestive disorders and anti-insomnia.
- A healthy diet program to cleanse the body of toxins, developed by our nutritionist.
- Engaging in sports and recreational activities daily, which stimulates blood circulation and helps drive the toxins out of the addict’s body faster, in addition to improving the mental health of the patient.
- Programs and sessions for behavioral modifications for the addict.
- A special health education and awareness program targeting the family of the addict and those around him.
- Individual counseling for the addict as needed.
- Using the twelve-step program to support the addict.
- Periodically testing the levels of the drug in the patient’s blood.
- Encouraging and prompting the addict to engage in activities far from the environment that led him to addiction.
- Urging the addict’s family, friends, or life partner to provide him with continuous emotional and moral support.
- Ensure that the addict is kept away from the bad company that is associated with abusing Lyrica.
- Periodic follow-up of the patient after the end of treatment to ensure that there are no relapses that lead to his return to addiction.