Just because it is prescribed doesn't mean it isn't abused. Soma is a muscle relaxer, and for those who have muscle injuries or spasms, it can provide significant relief. Unfortunately, it can also be addictive. The generic name is Carisoprodol and it works by sedating the central nervous system. The sedation is what makes it a popular drug to abuse.
How Soma is Abused
According to the US National Drug Intelligence Center, Soma presents the biggest threat for abuse among muscle relaxants. Those who have substance abuse disorders use it in several ways. For some, the sedative effect is the goal, while for others, a “Las Vegas Cocktail” involves mixing Soma with opioids which increases the effect of the opioid.
Another method of substance abuse with Soma is to mix it with an opiate, such as Lortab or Vicodin and a benzodiazepine such as Xanax. Commonly, referred to as the “Houston Cocktail” it provides a high similar to using heroin.
Soma can cause confusion, slower than normal reaction times, drowsiness and loss of coordination. For these reasons, driving while taking it, prescribed or not, can be dangerous.
Overdosing on Soma is becoming a problem in the US. For those who have substance abuse disorders, they have to take increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the same high and at some point, the needed amount can be lethal.
Physical Dependence Issues
Withdrawing from Soma can cause:
- In rare instances, it can also cause seizures and hallucinations
The signs of Soma abuse are similar to the abuse of other drugs and can include:
- Low blood pressure
- Easy to anger
- Increased heart rate
- Double vision
Severe weakness of the limbs is a rare but possible effect of taking too much Soma.
For those with substance abuse disorders, it is not just a physical dependency that can occur, but also a psychological dependence. The drug becomes a way for them to cope with life stress by numbing or sedating feelings.
At some point, it becomes a vicious cycle because the addict numbs feelings with the drug, and those feelings continue to build inside. Then when he or she decides to stop using the drug all of those previously squashed feelings come to the surface and the addict wants to reach for the drug to stop them.
Residential treatment and transitional living are tools that help a recovering addict work through those feelings while providing a sober living environment for continued support. The addict is surrounded by others in recovery who encourage each other to make the right choices.
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