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The Harsh Reality of Flexeril Abuse: Addiction Recovery

 In Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Flexeril is a prescription muscle relaxer prescribed to help reduce pain and stress from muscle injuries; however, when abused, Flexeril can enhance motor skills, increase energy levels, and induces sleep. While it does have positive benefits, abusing this drug can harm the mind and body. Some of the street names for Flexeril include Flexies, Cyclone, and Mellow Yellow. According to addictioncenter.com, “Within the last five years, emergency room department visits related to muscle relaxant abuse almost doubled; they increased from 15,830 to 31,763 visits.” If you are abusing Flexeril, seek help. Many addiction treatment centers are available to help you begin your recovery journey. 

Flexeril Side Effects and Signs of Use

Misusing muscle relaxers like Flexeril can dramatically impact the user. It affects the person mentally and physically, and addiction can disrupt the addict’s life. Some of the side effects and signs of a Flexeril addiction include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headaches 
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Constipation 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Confusion
  • Acid reflux 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Fever
  • Slurred speech 
  • Nervousness 
  • Urination issues 
  • Constantly thinking about Flexeril
  • Feeling unable to stop using 
  • Faking symptoms to obtain more Flexeril
  • Taking Flexeril longer than prescribed 
  • Sudden changes in appearance or behavior 
  • Overdose 

If you are struggling with a Flexeril addiction, reach out. Recovery may be challenging, but sober living is possible. 

Flexeril Treatment Options 

Drug detox is typically the first step in treating drug addiction, where the patient undergoes medically supervised detox to avoid complications during the withdrawal process. After detox, inpatient rehabilitation is the next step of an inpatient rehabilitation program. There, the person can continue treatment and learn relapse prevention skills once back on their own. They will also learn life skills and coping mechanisms while under the care of 24-hour medical staff. Other treatment options include intensive outpatient rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step programs, support groups, and sober living homes. If you are battling Flexeril addiction, talk to a behavioral health professional and see the best treatment plan. 

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