Lexapro Addiction Treatment Center

Lexapro is an antidepressant medication that has helped millions of people manage depression and anxiety. However, like many medications, Lexapro does come with the risk of dependence and addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with Lexapro addiction, know that recovery is possible with the right treatment plan and support system. In this guide, we'll provide an overview of Lexapro addiction causes, symptoms, risks and how to create an effective treatment program for overcoming dependence on this medication.

Understanding Lexapro Addiction

Lexapro belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. While very effective when taken as prescribed, long-term Lexapro use can lead some people to develop a psychological and physical dependence on the drug.

Signs of Lexapro addiction may include:

  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Inability to stop taking Lexapro even when wanting to quit
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not taking the medication
  • Continuing use despite negative consequences
  • Strong cravings for Lexapro
  • Building up a tolerance and needing more to get the same effect

Lexapro affects brain chemistry with continued use, so stopping abruptly can be very dangerous. It's critical to wean off slowly under medical supervision to avoid risks like seizures, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, nausea, insomnia and more. A comprehensive treatment program is needed to safely overcome both the physical and psychological aspects of Lexapro addiction.

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Dangers of Lexapro Addiction and Withdrawal

Lexapro withdrawal syndrome can begin within just a day or two of the last dose. Symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness, vertigo, loss of coordination
  • Fatigue, lethargy, weakness
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Muscle aches, chills, tremors
  • Sleep disturbances, nightmares
  • Irritability, agitation, mood swings
  • Crying spells, depression, suicidal thoughts
  • Headache, confusion, memory issues
  • Hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli
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These effects can range from mild to severe depending on the length and dose of Lexapro use. More extended, high-dose use increases the risk of dangerous withdrawal effects. Lexapro addiction also often leads to mounting mental health issues as underlying conditions are no longer properly managed.

It's critical to never attempt to stop Lexapro cold turkey on your own. Medical detox provides monitoring and medications to help ease the process. Psychological counseling and aftercare are also important to address the root causes of addiction and maintain long-term recovery.

Creating an Effective Lexapro Addiction Treatment Plan

Overcoming Lexapro addiction requires a multi-faceted treatment approach tailored to the individual. Key components often include:

Medically-Supervised Detox

Detox under the care of doctors and nurses ensures safe 24/7 monitoring and medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. Supportive care and IV fluids help stabilize the body and mind during this difficult process. The detox period usually lasts 5-7 days but may be longer depending on the severity of dependence.

Therapy and Behavioral Counseling

Individual and group therapy help address underlying mental health disorders that may have contributed to addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy and motivational enhancement therapy are often utilized. Support groups also provide understanding from others going through the recovery process.

Aftercare Planning

A comprehensive aftercare plan can help sustain sobriety after treatment. This may involve ongoing counseling, support groups, medication management, lifestyle changes and social support. Managing cravings and triggers and creating a fulfilling, meaningful life are essential factors for lasting recovery.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Around 40% of those misusing Lexapro have an underlying psychiatric disorder like depression, anxiety, PTSD or bipolar disorder. Integrated dual diagnosis treatment that addresses addiction and mental illness together has the best outcomes for long-term wellness.

With professional treatment tailored to specific needs and strong social support, those dependent on Lexapro can end the vicious cycle of addiction and reclaim their health and wellbeing. While challenging, overcoming this addiction is absolutely possible with a customized treatment plan and dedication to the recovery process.

Our Lexapro Addiction Treatment Programs

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The detoxification process takes place in one of our high end residential treatment centers with 24/7 medical supervision by state-certified addiction practitioners.
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Participants stay within the same facility that they completed detox in, partaking in various therapeutic treatment modalities and have access to all amenities offered.
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This is typically a 30 day stay within a beautiful residential center in Orange County, with access to a variety of therapies, case management, and psychiatry.
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PHP offers 30 clinical hours over a 5 day week and can last for 4-8 weeks. Participants can commute from home or live in one of our gorgeous sober lives here in Orange County.

WARNING Signs of Lexapro Addiction

How can you tell if your or someone else's Lexapro use has gone from therapeutic to addictive? Some key warning signs include:

  • Taking higher doses than prescribed without consulting a doctor
  • Inability to quit Lexapro despite repeated attempts to stop
  • Significant side effects like weight changes, sleep disturbances, fatigue but continuing to use
  • Doctor shopping to obtain more Lexapro prescriptions
  • Isolation from loved ones, giving up activities due to Lexapro use
  • Hiding Lexapro use from others
  • Experiencing strong drug cravings and taking Lexapro to avoid withdrawal
  • Combining Lexapro with other substances like alcohol or opioids

Seeking help at the first signs of a problem provides the best chance of successfully overcoming Lexapro dependence before it takes over your life. Consulting an addiction specialist can determine if drug dependence exists and if professional treatment is warranted. Catching addiction early makes recovery much more achievable in the long run.

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MAT involves using FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to help individuals overcome substance use disorders.
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Half the clinical hours of PHP & more flexible schedule. As clients accrue sobriety time, hours are tapered down, while maintaining therapeutic support.
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This program offers greater flexibility to continue your daily schedule during treatment. This program meets twice per week in the evenings.
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Our sober living homes are residential facilities that provide a structured and supportive environment for individuals in addiction recovery.

Crescent Moon Recovery Offers Hope For Overcoming Lexapro Addiction

Lexapro addiction can make you feel trapped and like sobriety is impossible. But there is always hope for escaping dependency's grasp with comprehensive treatment tailored to your needs. Millions have overcome addictions as serious as yours and gone on to live happy, fulfilling lives in recovery. With the right professional help and social support system, you too can get your health and quality of life back. It starts by taking the courageous first step of reaching out for support. A brighter future free of Lexapro addiction is within your grasp - start your recovery journey today.

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