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Treatment Options for Remeron Addiction

Treatment for Remeron addiction includes inpatient care, intensive outpatient treatment, and family therapy. Recovery support is provided through SMART Recovery, SAMHSA online support groups, and the Herren Project. Tailored treatment and ongoing support are key to successful recovery.

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Remeron addiction isn’t very common, but if it occurs, it requires addiction treatment. It’s more common for Remeron abuse to occur alongside other forms of substance abuse.

Treatment comes in many forms, including inpatient care, outpatient treatment, and supportive aftercare. With the right treatment and ongoing support, you can begin to build a better life in recovery.

What Is Remeron?

Remeron is the brand name for the prescription medication mirtazapine. It’s a medication in the tetracyclic antidepressant class. It works by increasing serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain, and it can also boost the appetite and sedate the person.

Doctors typically use Remeron to treat major depression. It might also be used for conditions such as the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

In research published in the journal Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, researchers said that people abuse tricyclic antidepressants because the drugs make people feel euphoric and sociable. The drug also distorted their sense of time and space, and some felt a numbness set in. 

Only high doses bring about these results, so some people take more and more to get this result. In time, an addiction can develop.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Addiction to Remeron?

If you have an addiction to Remeron, treatment can help you identify issues that led to your substance abuse and give you skills to avoid relapse. There are three broad categories most forms of addiction treatment fall under. No treatment works best for everyone. It’s key that care is individualized to each person. 

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient addiction treatment usually involves staying for about a month at a specialized care facility. At that facility, your care and recreation will be fairly regimented. You’ll have a schedule of therapy and activities meant to help you focus on your recovery and build the skills needed so you can eventually transfer to an outpatient program without a severe risk of relapse. 

This type of treatment is the most expensive and time-consuming, but it is helpful for people in crisis, those with co-occurring disorders, and those with severe addictions. Since antidepressant addiction isn’t common, people who have abusing Remeron generally seek inpatient treatment if they have also been abusing other substances, such as alcohol, opioids, or stimulants. 

When people use the term rehab, they are often specifically discussing this type of addiction rehabilitation. 

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Intensive outpatient treatment could be said to be in between inpatient treatment and standard outpatient treatment. In an intensive outpatient treatment program, you’ll have some autonomy and can generally sleep in your own home, but much of your time is still dedicated to addiction treatment and controlled by treatment professionals. 

Intensive outpatient treatment is often used to help people coming out of inpatient treatment transition back into everyday life. This can slowly give them back the personal autonomy they didn’t necessarily have in inpatient treatment rather than suddenly putting them in a situation where accessing drugs is much easier and treatment sessions are much less frequent.

It can also be the first form of treatment for people who require more intensive care than a standard outpatient treatment program can provide.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient addiction treatment is the most common form of addiction treatment, and it’s likely the course of action for Remeron addiction. You’ll attend regular treatment sessions that may include both individual and group therapy, and you’ll continue to live at home (or in a sober living facility) throughout the course of your treatment.

Outpatient treatment is usually much easier to schedule and afford compared to inpatient treatment. 

Therapy Options Used in Treatment

Several therapy options are relatively commonly used in the treatment of addiction, including these:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that focuses on identifying the thoughts and feelings that may lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as Remeron abuse. 

In the case of any addiction, there will be a heavy focus on working with a client to see what may trigger powerful drug cravings and episodes of drug abuse. Then, the therapist will work with the individual to help them reconfigure how they think, avoiding those triggers more effectively. When the triggers are present, the client can learn to better resist the urge to engage in drug use and instead channel those feelings in healthier ways.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a treatment that is traditionally used to help clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but it has also been shown to help with substance use disorder (SUD) and some other mental health conditions. 

DBT shares many similarities to CBT, but it has a greater focus on what are called the “five functions of treatment.” They include the following:

  1. Enhancing patient capabilities
  2. Making those capabilities generalizable, so they can transfer over into their daily life
  3. Improving a client’s motivation and reducing dysfunctional behaviors
  4. Enhancing and maintaining a therapist’s capabilities and motivation
  5. Effectively structuring the treatment environment used to help with recovery

Family Therapy

Family therapy is a broad term that refers to therapy where a client attends with members of their close family, such a spouse and potentially their children. While it isn’t ideal for everyone, it can help in situations where a person’s addiction may have strained important relationships with those they loved and/or when a person’s family wants to help in their recovery but doesn’t understand the best way to do so. 

Family can be an excellent source of recovery support. This type of therapy can help heal the damage addiction may have brought on a family unit.

Questions to Ask About Remeron Addiction Treatment

If you’re looking for Remeron addiction treatment, it’s critical to ask questions of each provider you’re considering.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends asking each provider questions about the following five topics:

  • Evidence: Does the provider use treatments that are backed by scientific evidence?
  • Customization: Does the provider tailor the treatment approach and methods to the needs of each client?
  • Progress: Does the program change as the person’s needs shift?
  • Duration: Does the treatment last long enough to make a difference?
  • Additions: How do 12-step or other support groups fit into this program?

What’s the Cost of Remeron Addiction Treatment?

Treatment costs can vary widely depending on the program’s length, location, staff involvement, and more. Without insurance, a program like this could cost thousands. However, insurance can put the price well within reach.

Most insurance companies have at least some coverage for addiction treatment, but the plan may come with rules about the following:

  • Whether the program is inpatient (you move in) or outpatient (you live at home)
  • How long you can stay enrolled
  • What company you can use for care
  • How much the company will pay

Contact a representative at your insurance company and ask about your options. Find out how much your plan will cover, and see if the program you’re considering accepts your insurance plan.

Some private Remeron addiction treatment programs offer scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for people who have insurance or can’t pay. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if the cost of care is too high for your budget.

Life After Addiction Treatment

After treatment, you have built up skills to reliably maintain your sobriety for an extended period, it’s important to remember that your Remeron addiction isn’t cured. Addiction recovery is a lifelong process, and there is no cure for addiction.

The following strategies can help you preserve your long-term sobriety:

Maintain Contact With Treatment

At the end of your inpatient treatment program, you may still have appointments with a counselor to keep. Never skip those opportunities to hone your skills and learn more about your recovery.

When treatment is over, you may encounter new challenges and triggers. Your counselor can help you to build new coping skills to handle those issues and deal with recovery in a healthy way.

Create a Healthy Lifestyle

Caring for your mind and body can help you stay on the right path. Your doctor can help you create a routine that’s right for you. Factors to consider include the following:

  • Sleep: Create a healthy schedule that allows you to go to bed and get up at the same times every day.
  • Nutrition: Fill your plate with delicious and nutritious foods that you’re happy to eat.
  • Exercise: Find a physical activity that you enjoy, such as walking, running, or participating in a structured fitness class.

Understand Relapse

In the event of a slip or relapse, don’t think of it as all your addiction progress being “reset.” That isn’t how recovery works. You have been working with professionals to better understand what draws you to abuse drugs and how to avoid that abuse, and that work is not lost.

If you slip, stop and talk to a professional about the experience. Together, you can work to understand how it happened and ways you may be able to avoid similar relapses in the future.

Connect With the Right People

While you were in Remeron addiction treatment, your drug dealer and friends may have been looking for you. Don’t allow these people to become part of your social circle in recovery.

Spend time with friends and family who don’t use drugs. If you don’t have many healthy people in your life, consider joining a support group for addiction. There, you’ll meet other people who are also working toward a different life, and they might be willing to help you make changes too.

Support Groups for Remeron Addiction Treatment

Support groups can be a valuable resource for individuals recovering from addiction to Remeron. Here are some options that may help in your recovery:

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a science-based program that helps individuals develop skills and tools for managing addictive behaviors. It focuses on self-empowerment and self-reliance. The group makes it easy to find support groups in your area and learn about when they meet and where you can start building these helpful addiction recovery skills.

SAMHSA Online Support Groups

Online support groups, such as those offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can provide a convenient and accessible way for individuals to connect with others in recovery. 

Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357. This is a free and confidential helpline where you can learn about addiction recovery resources relevant to you. You learn about online support groups that may benefit you as well as in-person groups in your area.

Herren Support Groups

The Herren Project is a non-profit that focuses on helping family members of those struggling with addiction work through their own struggles. Addiction in a loved one can be a difficult situation to understand and experience. 

This is a resource worth talking about with your family members if you struggle with an addiction, as it may help them connect with people in similar situations. Support groups can help them to learn from the experiences of others and better understand you and your experiences.

Updated May 10, 2024
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