I. The Basics of Flexeril Rehabilitation

This guide was written to provide an overview of the Flexeril rehabilitation process as well as to offer helpful resources for persons recovering from Flexeril addiction.

The Flexeril rehabilitation process typically begins with intake, which is when the individual arrives at the treatment center, meets some of the staff members and learns more about the resources available to help overcome a substance-use disorder. During intake, the individual usually meets with a treatment professional to discuss their medical history, psychological history, and history of substance use. Staff members use this information to develop a treatment plan that can help the individual stop using Flexeril.

After completing the intake process, the individual may go through a supervised medical detoxification period, which helps manage withdrawal symptoms while Flexeril leaves the body. Tapering Flexeril use rather than stopping “cold turkey” can make the withdrawal effects more tolerable for the individual. Once the detoxification process is complete, the individual attends therapy sessions and participates in activities designed to help users improve their coping skills and learn how to live their lives without Flexeril.

Description of the Four Steps of the Rehab Process

For more information, read our guide to the rehab process.

What Makes Flexeril Rehabilitation Difficult?

Although Flexeril isn’t listed as a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, which means it’s not a Schedule I-IV drug, it can still be habit-forming due to the effects it has on neurotransmitters in the brain. Researchers believe that Flexeril works on GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the individual. This calming effect can be rather pleasant, causing some users to misuse Flexeril to experience the sensation more often.

Recovery from Flexeril addiction can be difficult because users come to rely on the calming effects of the drug. They may use Flexeril to cope with stress or forget about financial problems, difficulty fitting in at school, career-related frustration or problems maintaining healthy relationships. When someone uses Flexeril as a coping mechanism, it can be difficult to stop using, especially without learning better coping skills.

The Unique Struggle of Flexeril Addicts
Flexeril…
  • may work on a neurotransmitter known as GABA, producing a pleasant calming effect
  • has been known to create a sense of euphoria, especially when combined with other substances
  • produces uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when an individual attempts to stop taking it
  • dependence can be difficult to overcome due to an inability to handle stressful circumstances without the aid of substances

Prescription Rehabilitation Statistics

Reports published by government agencies and researchers at leading medical institutions indicate that the abuse of prescription drugs, including Flexeril and other medications that depress the activity of the central nervous system, is a serious problem in the United States. These reports show the following:

  • In 2018, approximately 18 million people reported that they had misused a prescription drug within the previous year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Misuse of prescription medications is most common among young adults (ages 18 to 25); 4% of individuals in this age group reported misuse of at least one prescription drug within the previous year.
  • Nearly 5% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 reported the non-medical use of prescription drugs like Flexeril.
  • Prescription misuse is most prevalent in the United States, but it is also a serious concern for governments in South Asia, Southern Africa and Europe.

Treatment Admissions by Gender for Unspecified/Other Substances

59.1% Male
40.9% Female

Reports published by government agencies and researchers at leading medical institutions indicate that the abuse of prescription drugs, including Flexeril and other medications that depress the activity of the central nervous system, is a serious problem in the United States. These reports show the following:

  • In 2018, approximately 18 million people reported that they had misused a prescription drug within the previous year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Misuse of prescription medications is most common among young adults (ages 18 to 25); 4% of individuals in this age group reported misuse of at least one prescription drug within the previous year.
  • Nearly 5% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 reported the non-medical use of prescription drugs like Flexeril.
  • Prescription misuse is most prevalent in the United States, but it is also a serious concern for governments in South Asia, Southern Africa and Europe.

Demographics of Individuals Seeking Treatment for Prescription Addiction

According to a 2017 SAMHSA report that charts admissions to and discharges from publicly funded substance use treatment facilities, men are considerably more likely to seek treatment for the abuse of unspecified substances, which includes Flexeril. The gender breakdown of treatment admissions for other/unspecified substances was 59.1% male and 40.9% female. While Flexeril addiction occurs in all age groups, the most common age group admitted to a treatment facility for the use of unspecified substances was individuals aged 25 to 34, with 35 being the average age of all individuals from all age groups who are seeking rehabilitation.

Treatment Admissions Percentages by Age Group, 2017
Age at the Time of Treatment Admission Percentage of Treatment Admissions
12-17 6.9%
18-24 14.3%
25-34 33.9%
35-44 20.7%
45-54 15.0%
55-64 8.0%
65+ 1.4%

II. Flexeril Detoxification and Withdrawal Process

The first step in the Flexeril rehabilitation process is detoxification — when the user stops taking Flexeril and allows it to exit his or her bloodstream completely. Flexeril has a half-life of eight to 37 hours, which means about half the substance is removed from the body within this amount of time. As a result, it typically takes three to four days for the detoxification process to conclude. In some users, the withdrawal process may take several weeks, especially after years of chronic abuse.

The amount of time it takes to detoxify completely depends on many factors, including how long the individual has been using, how often the individual was taking the drug and whether the individual was combining Flexeril with alcohol or other substances. The presence of chronic medical conditions can also influence the amount of time it takes to withdraw from Flexeril completely.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Body Mind
Short-Term Symptoms Fatigue
Sweating
Agitation
Restlessness
Aggressive behavior
Long-Term Symptoms Headache
Malaise
Lethargy
Malaise

Flexeril withdrawal may make it difficult to get a restful night's sleep

In some users, withdrawing from Flexeril may cause insomnia, making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. This can be especially dangerous for individuals employed in safety-sensitive positions, such as truck drivers and machinists, as the lack of sleep may increase the risk of accidents and injuries.

Some users report a general sense of malaise that lasts for several weeks

Malaise is a general feeling of illness that doesn’t have an obvious cause. In some users, withdrawing from Flexeril may cause a sense of malaise that persists for several days or weeks; however, this is a rare side effect of Flexeril withdrawal.

Flexeril withdrawal may lead to nausea and headaches that can interfere with an individual's ability to maintain employment or go to school

Nausea and headache are some of the most common effects of Flexeril withdrawal. For some users, they pass within a few days of detoxification; other users, however, may experience nausea and headache for several weeks after complete withdrawal from the substance.

Flexeril Detoxification Medications

No medications have been approved specifically to treat Flexeril withdrawal; however, a treatment facility may provide supportive medicines to help ease symptoms such as headache and nausea. For example, over-the-counter acetaminophen helps relieve headaches, and ondansetron can be used to relieve nausea and prevent vomiting.

 

For more information about withdrawal, read our guide on Flexeril Addiction.

III. Treatment for Flexeril Addiction

Although supportive medications are available to relieve the symptoms associated with Flexeril withdrawal, no prescription medications have been approved specifically for the treatment of Flexeril addiction. The most effective treatments are behavioral therapies aimed at helping the individual develop better coping skills and learn how to handle stress without the use of substances.

Rehabilitation Settings

Within either an inpatient or outpatient setting, treatments such as detoxification services, behavioral therapies, and medication-assisted treatments are offered for varying lengths of time.

Inpatient treatment involves living full-time (including overnight) at a treatment facility for a set period of time. Outpatient treatment involves scheduled appointments at a facility in which you are free to come and go. Within each category, there are several distinctions.

Tramadol Treatment Programs
Setting Type of Treatment Description Duration Time Commitment
Inpatient Short-Term Residential Intensive treatment, sometimes in a hospital setting. Therapies offered are extensive. Medication-assisted treatment is available to those who qualify. 14-30 days Hours Per Day:
24
Days Per Week:
7
Long-Term Residential Intensive treatment in a non-hospital setting, most often a therapeutic community with other patients. Therapies offered are extensive. Medication-assisted treatment is available to those who qualify. 3-12 months Hours Per Day:
24
Days Per Week:
7
Partial Hospitalization Intensive treatment in a hospital setting. Patients do not stay overnight. Considered inpatient due to the hospital setting. Extensive services are provided and require a near full-time commitment every week. Medication-assisted treatment is available to those who qualify. 14-30 days Hours Per Day:
6-8
Days Per Week:
5
Outpatient Intensive Day Treatment Extensive services of an inpatient program but patients return home each day following treatment. After completion, patients often transition to less intensive counseling. Therapies offered are extensive. Medication-assisted treatment is available to those who qualify. 3-4 months Hours Per Day:
2-4
Days Per Week:
3
Counseling Both individual counseling and group counseling focus on short-term behavioral goals to develop coping strategies. Therapies offered are moderate. Medication-assisted treatment is not available. As long as desired Hours Per Day:
1-2
Days Per Week:
1-3
Support Groups Self-help groups center on maintaining abstinence after another form of treatment. Typically meet one day a week for 1-2 hours. As long as desired Hours Per Day:
1-2
Days Per Week:
1

Behavioral and Medication-Assisted Therapies

Behavioral therapy for substance addiction seeks to identify and manage addictive behaviors that lead to use and prevent relapse. Behavioral therapy is based on the concept that all behavior is learned, and thus, unhealthy behavior can be changed through learning coping skills and increasing awareness of negative thoughts and beliefs that contribute to substance abuse.

Behavioral Therapies for Peyote Addiction
Type of Therapy Definition
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 

Further reading:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a structured approach to help individuals with substance-use disorders overcome their addictions.

The focus of CBT is developing better coping skills and learning how to identify triggers that may lead to substance use. Over time, the individual learns how to manage stress without taking Flexeril or other psychoactive substances.

Contingency Management

 

Further reading:

 

Contingency management is often used in the treatment of substance use disorders. It is a type of therapy in which an individual is rewarded for making good choices, such as abstaining from Flexeril.

Individuals enrolled in contingency-management programs may be given vouchers for clothing, electronics and other items when they meet certain goals. These goals are established during sessions with a qualified therapist who has been trained in applying contingency-management interventions in a rehabilitation environment.

IV. How to Find Help

Finding a Rehabilitation Center for Flexeril Addiction

When searching for a rehabilitation center for Flexeril addiction, it’s important to look for a facility with trained staff available to supervise the detoxification process. A tapered detoxification process can make rehabilitation safer and more comfortable for the individual.

It’s also important to look for a facility that offers proven treatments for substance use, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management interventions.

For long-term Flexeril users, an inpatient rehabilitation center may provide the structure and support the individual needs to develop improved coping strategies and learn how to abstain from Flexeril when facing the many challenges of life.

Our Directory

Our directory of rehab programs includes a comprehensive list of available treatment centers and programs as provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In the directory, you will find tools to filter the programs by setting, price, and location.