Trazodone is an antidepressant medication that is commonly used by Americans to treat major depressive disorders and mood disorders. While it does not carry highly addictive properties like other prescription narcotics, when an individual abuses trazodone outside of the prescribed, recommended doses, it can lead an individual to develop a substance abuse problem with trazodone. If you are concerned about your use of trazodone and are wanting to seek treatment for your substance abuse, Resurgence Behavioral Health provides patients with a comprehensive approach to addiction treatment.
What is Trazodone?
Trazodone is an antidepressant medication that is classified as a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitors (SARI’s). Trazodone is also known under the brand names:
Trazodone is made available in tablet formats in doses of
Individuals will often start at a 150mg dose to begin with and will be gradually increased by 50mg if needed and recommended to do so by your physician.
Trazodone and other SARI’s work to target serotonin receptors and block the reuptake of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. This process works to stabilize and increase your serotonin levels allowing for balanced brain functions. Individuals with increased serotonin levels will be able to regulate your emotions, feelings of depression, anxiety, and correct any difficulties sleeping. Patients taking Trazodone have seen an increase in appetite, energy levels, and moods. Trazodone has been known to decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Signs of Trazodone Abuse and Addiction
Trazodone addiction will impact each person differently and individuals will demonstrate different signs and symptoms of trazodone abuse. There are certain factors that will increase the severity of your drug addiction including how long you have been using trazodone, how much you take in one time, if you consume other substances while abusing trazodone, and your overall physical health and wellbeing. Individuals that may be living with a severe trazodone addiction will often show the following signs:
- Rapid changes in mood
- Increased moods
- Going to multiple doctors to receive prescriptions for trazodone
Trazodone Withdrawal Symptoms
When you abruptly quit your use of trazodone, you become at risk for developing an antidepressant discontinuation syndrome that can produce severely uncomfortable and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Common withdrawal symptoms that individuals will experience are:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Difficulty walking
- Irritability or agitation
Long-Term Side Effects of Trazodone Abuse
Trazodone use is generally safe, however, if you engage in substance abuse there can be long term side effects that can impact your physical, emotional, and mental health. Common long term side effects are:
- Serotonin syndrome
- Angle closure glaucoma
- Difficulty with coordination
- Blurred vision
- Heart rhythm abnormalities
- Gastrointestinal concerns
Trazodone Addiction Treatment
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we offer a personalized approach to addiction treatment that will support you in gaining perspective on what has been fueling your drug addiction and engaging in evidence based therapy methods that will help you safely overcome the physical addiction to trazodone along with healing from the root causes of your substance abuse. Our team is dedicated to supporting you to find your way in a life of sober living by developing the tools and foundation for managing triggers, maintaining symptoms of mental health disorders, and living a balanced, happy life in addiction recovery. Throughout the various levels of care offered within our addiction treatment program, you will be able to overcome your addiction to drugs and alcohol and get on the road to recovery.