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Trazodone Withdrawal: Signs, Timeline & Detox Process

Authored by Granite Recovery Centers    Reviewed by James Gamache    Last Updated: January 20th, 2022


James Gamache Medical Reviewer
Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Masters Level Addictions Counselor (MLADC). He has been working in the field of mental health/addiction treatment since 1995. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University in 2002. In 2002 Jim was hired by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester holding the position of Clinical Case Manager. From 2004-2019, Jim was employed at WestBridge Inc. During his time at WestBridge, Jim held the following positions; Clinician, Team Leader, Director, & Chief Operations Officer. In 2019 Jim transitioned employment to GateHouse Treatment Center as the Clinical Director for 10 months. In October of 2020 Jim transitioned to Granite Recovery Centers and is currently serving as the Senior VP of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance.

Trazodone is a non-regulated serotonin reuptake inhibitor used to treat anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) worldwide. People can become addicted to this drug if they take it regularly.

Anxiety is exacerbated by isolation, lack of livelihood and uncertainty. Panic, fatigue, exhaustion and insomnia gradually creep in and increase the symptoms. Some people who suffer from anxiety seek medical treatment for their issues.

The following are some of the common signs of addiction:

  • Seeking multiple doctors aka “doctor shopping”
  • Excessively ingesting even when it is not necessary
  • Showing extreme neglect of duties and responsibilities
  • Faking symptoms to procure prescriptions or, in extreme cases, buying from drug dealers

 

Trazodone Withdrawal Symptoms

The withdrawal signs for Trazodone can be categorized as mild or chronic. Due to their similarity with other withdrawal symptoms, the onset signs may pass the patient or those close to them unnoticed. Expert medical examination offered at Granite Recovery Centers aids in identifying the early, mild symptoms.

The addictive effects of Trazodone may cause users to exhibit nausea, sedation and dizziness immediately upon withdrawal. Unsupervised Trazodone withdrawal often leads to performance impairment, irritability and overall lethargy in the first days.

Drowsiness tops the list of common symptoms with some cases exhibiting extreme levels. Tightness in the chest, stomach aches, headaches and profuse sweating are also predominant. A combination of early signs may easily escape the untrained eye, and many caregivers treat them as a new condition altogether. This is why it’s important to seek help from a drug rehab facility.

 

Implications of Trazodone Withdrawal

When you stop taking Trazodone cold turkey, withdrawal signs can come fast. This leaves the user a soft target for relapse. Trazodone withdrawal symptoms only get solved by an addicted individual ingesting another dose of this medication. The dosage often goes higher than prescribed for the patient to attain normalcy. Chronic withdrawal symptoms lead a user back into abusing the drug, but this can continue to have a negative effect on their health. When Trazodone is ingested with alcohol or other drugs, the net effect poses a potential risk to life.

At this stage, medical professionals consider the person addicted and therefore in urgent need of a detox. Detoxing services remain the key to preventing relapse. Institutions such as Granite Recovery Centers offer much-needed health care services and a serene, sober environment for wholesome recovery.

 

Trazodone Withdrawal Timeline

The severity and length of Trazodone withdrawal signs vary from one person to the other. There is no definite timeline that a person can expect for withdrawal as symptoms can persist from a few weeks to many months after a person stops using Trazodone. Many people still exhibit psychological withdrawal symptoms and cravings even after a detox program, which makes continuing therapy important.

Trazodone, unlike some substances, does not come with extreme euphoric feelings. Its addiction is mostly psychological, making it hard for a person who is addicted to manage sustained sobriety without professional help. At Granite Recovery Centers, we offer a comprehensive, 12-step curriculum that digs out the root cause of addiction to help treat it. We recommend a three-month treatment program coupled with a thorough post-care schedule.

At Granite Recovery Centers, we help people taper off antidepressants and other drugs following a customized, supervised schedule. With time, the patient goes back to their daily life without the need to ingest Trazodone. It is important to note that underlying mental health issues may need additional counseling sessions, a different medication or therapy to be completely addressed.

 

Factors Affecting Timeline

The half-life of Trazodone is five to nine hours, so it may take a day or more before a person starts feeling withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal timeline largely depends on the following factors:

  • The dosage amount before the subject experiences withdrawal
  • The length of time the subject used Trazodone
  • Physiological and other individual characteristics of the subject
  • Method of detoxification, such as medical tapering vs. the cold turkey approach

 

The 12-Step Approach

Granite Recovery Centers staff recognizes the 12-Step Program as advanced by Bill Wilson. We adapted the curriculum and introduced slight variations to customize our treatment program. We offer both inpatient and outpatient services, and a thorough after-care program completes the healing process.

The 12 steps present effective addiction treatment with a sharp focus on sequentially addressing addictive behavior. The ultimate aim of the program is to achieve overall happiness, wellness and growth. The steps are as follows:

  • Powerlessness, or admitting that you are powerless over Trazodone and that your life is unmanageable
  • Belief, or the conviction that a power obtuse than yourself can restore you to normalcy
  • Surrender, which is making a convincing decision to turn all care to the greater power
  • Self-examination by writing a fearless and honest inventory of yourself
  • Confession, which is admitting to yourself, those close to you and to the greater power all your wrongs
  • Willingness to receive aid in erasing character faults
  • Humility, by which you request help for the removal of all inventoried shortcomings
  • Restitution, which involves making a list of all those harmed by your acts and becoming available to make amends with them
  • Self-discipline via making the requisite amends to those you have wronged without harming them or others in the process
  • Steadfastness, which is a continuous inventory of your wrongs and your commitment to prompt admission of the faults
  • Spiritual growth that you seek, through serenity and conscious contact with your spirituality
  • Service, whereby you practice the principles and pass on knowledge of sobriety

 

Withdrawal and Detox Process

Withdrawal is the malfunction of the body and brain due to the discontinued use of Trazodone. Granite Recovery Centers offers a care program with several features to make your detox as sustainable and positive an experience as possible. We offer a holistic approach to medical detox, so you have the best chance to stay clean and sober for the rest of your life. Granite Recovery Centers provides medical detoxification for people who do not need immediate medical intervention, are not a danger to themselves, and are capable of self-evacuation in the event of an emergency.

Our structured environment will help keep you on a recovery trajectory. House rules on general conduct and sanitation help you and your peers increase your discipline, and the serene surroundings encourage continued abstinence.

Our facilities offer an infrastructure that enhances the 12-step environment. Every step in the curriculum gets an evaluation from our clinicians to help you continue to improve. We emphasize the curriculum to ensure that you leave our facilities a completely changed person.

In follow-up therapy, we help you build such skills as managing finances, finding gainful employment, staying healthy, keeping fit and other invaluable life skills. Meditation and physical exercise are vital to your healthy recovery. We put facilities in place to create a safe, adequate environment for engaging in these core activities. Sober living means a healthy and fit body. With this understanding, we incorporate meditation, stress-reducing physical exercise and therapeutic writing in our schedule.

 

What We Offer

Granite Recovery Centers offers many resources as a detox facility. We can help establish the presence or lack of co-occurring disorders such as bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder that affect addiction treatment. Our expert clinicians understand the best strategies to deal with Trazodone withdrawal when there are other mental health issues to treat.

We understand addiction is a disease, and we engage high-level professionals to walk with you the journey of full recovery. Empathy, patience, flexibility and compassion are our key pillars as we help you develop a resilient inner character that resists later lapses.

Granite Recovery Centers can help transform the lives of drug-dependent individuals. We offer evidence-based psychotherapies using a comprehensive curriculum to treat addiction to Trazodone and other substances. Our services range from medication-assisted treatment to medical detox, outpatient counseling, primary residential treatment, and sober living.

Contact us for personalized care for yourself or a loved one. We are available for you 24/7.

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