Gabapentin: A Comprehensive Guide

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Clinically Reviewed by: Brittany Astrom - LMFT

Are you or someone you care about grappling with substance abuse issues in Orange County, particularly in the serene Lake Forest, CA area? At OC Revive, our mission is to provide unwavering support and professional treatment for teens and adults facing the challenges of addiction. In this comprehensive guide, we will embark on an in-depth journey into the world of Gabapentin, an intriguing medication that has garnered attention for its diverse applications and potential risks. Whether you are a concerned family member or an individual seeking knowledge, this article will offer valuable insights to help you make informed decisions.

What Is Gabapentin?

Gabapentin, a derivative of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is an anticonvulsant medication primarily designed to treat seizures and neuropathic pain. This medication is commonly available under brand names such as Neurontin and Gralise.

Medical Uses of Gabapentin

  • Seizure Control: Gabapentin has earned its place as a cornerstone in epilepsy treatment, effectively reducing the frequency and severity of seizures.
  • Nerve Pain Relief: It is frequently prescribed to alleviate nerve pain caused by conditions like diabetic neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), and trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Mood Disorders: In certain cases, Gabapentin is employed to manage symptoms associated with mood disorders, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, and even restless leg syndrome.

Misuse and Addiction Potential

  • While Gabapentin is generally considered safe when taken as prescribed, it has garnered attention for its potential for misuse and addiction, particularly when combined with other substances.
  • Some individuals misuse Gabapentin for its sedative effects, which can be dangerous when not used according to a healthcare provider’s instructions.

Side Effects and Risks

  • Common side effects of Gabapentin use include dizziness, drowsiness, and coordination problems.
  • In rare instances, Gabapentin may lead to more severe side effects, including suicidal thoughts, particularly in individuals with a history of depression or suicidal ideation.
  • A critical concern is the potential for respiratory depression when Gabapentin is combined with other central nervous system depressants, such as opioids. This combination can significantly increase the risk of overdose.

Gabapentin: The DEA Designation

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified Gabapentin as a Schedule V controlled substance in some states, such as Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee.

This classification is aimed at regulating the distribution of Gabapentin and mitigating its potential for misuse, particularly in regions where it has become a concerning issue.

Contact OC Revive Today!

If you or a loved one is grappling with Gabapentin misuse or addiction, OC Revive is dedicated to providing expert guidance and comprehensive support. Our rehab programs in Lake Forest, CA are tailored to meet your individual needs, offering a holistic approach to recovery. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at 844-954-3890 for immediate assistance and to take the first step towards healing and wellness. Check out our blogs posted weekly on Medium.

FAQs

Gabapentin is generally considered safe when taken as prescribed by a healthcare professional. It is essential to follow your doctor’s instructions closely and report any adverse effects promptly.

While Gabapentin has a lower potential for addiction compared to some other drugs, misuse and dependency can still occur, especially when used inappropriately.

Signs of Gabapentin misuse may include drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech, an increasing need for the medication, and an inability to control its use.

Treatment for Gabapentin misuse typically involves a multifaceted approach, including medical detoxification, counseling, therapy, and addressing the underlying causes of misuse.

If you suspect someone is misusing Gabapentin or struggling with addiction, it is crucial to encourage them to seek professional help from a healthcare provider or addiction specialist. Early intervention can make a significant difference in their recovery journey.

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April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families

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I first opened an adult treatment center, California Prime Recovery(CPR) as a way to work with those struggling on a daily basis. Over the last 3 years, CPR has evolved into someting much more impactful and beautiful than i could’ve ever imagined. I have come to realize that my own happiness and growth depends on being involved in the lives of others in recovery. Helping people through recovery is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, and it has become the most important aspect of personal life. Giving back to those still suffering is the only way not to lose what you have gained.

Throughout this journey, and by mentoring many adolescents, I realized i wanted to offer more to teens who were struggling just as i was. This is when i decided to start OC Revive. I had built many wonderful relationships throughout my professional journey and found two others who shared the same vision, and passion that i had for the youth. It didn’t take long for myself, Tyler Michaelis, and Derek Walsh to turn our dream into a reality. We are committed to providing the best possible treatment for adolescents and truly believe “their future is our collective responsibility”.

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Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families