Soma is the US trade name for carisoprodol and is a central acting skeletal muscle relaxant often prescribed for the relief of acute painful musculoskeletal conditions in adults. It has a potential for addiction when taken as prescribed or when abused, especially if taken for over 2 to 3 weeks. Soma treatment is possible throughout America in a number of different treatment centers.
Addiction to Soma can cause severe post-acute withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Abdominal cramps
- Craving cycles
- Increased stress
- Mood Swings
- Memory problems
These withdrawal symptoms are at both a physiological and psychological level. Because of this the user will frequently engage in drug-seeking behaviors such as lying to doctors in order to obtain another prescription which may not be needed for medical purposes.
Due to the potential for addictive behavior experienced by addicts new in abstinence, treatment for soma addiction is typically recommended to be in a drug rehab. In rehab the patient can be monitored effectively and, if deemed necessary by a doctor, given medication in order to prevent any permanent neurological side-effects caused by abstinence. While in rehab the addict will also have the chance to utilize therapy where the addict can deal with the underlying issues which are normally present in addiction such as depression or anxiety issues. By tackling both the physical addiction and the mental disorder which triggered the use, the addict will be in a better place to lead a life of recovery when leaving the rehabilitation facility.
It is also possible to check into a 24/7 detox center when attempting to quit soma. Detox from Soma normally takes a few weeks in which the user will be monitored closely. Due to the withdrawal symptoms mentioned detoxification of soma should always be under the care of an experienced addiction physician.
Outpatient therapy can be utilized when quitting soma. Outpatient treatment centers allow the user to tackle the underlying issues behind their addiction while at the same time being able to fulfill their normal obligations, such as work or school. Since users do not reside at an outpatient facility Doctors will not be able to monitor the user completely while withdrawing from Soma. However Doctors are able to prescribe non-addictive medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and prevent any permanent neurological damage.
Quitting Soma cold turkey without the assistance of medical professionals is not recommended. Reducing dosage slowly until finally assistant is a way to try to alleviate or prevent serious health problems that can be caused by Soma withdrawal. Using this method will reduce the withdrawal symptoms significantly and reduce the risk of potential harm from rapid abstinence.
Alongside the methods above there are support groups which can be helpful for drug addicts. Narcotics Anonymous and other 12 step programs are support groups in which addicts congregate in order to support and advise one another on how to lead a life abstinent of mind-altering substances. These support groups are useful to build a network of like-minded people with similar issues whom the addict can call upon when requiring help in their abstinence from soma and other drugs.