Scopolamine is a sedative and hallucinogen made from nightshade, a poisonous plant that grows in many parts of the northern hemisphere. It is used to treat postoperative nausea, clozapine-induced drooling, vomiting, and motion sickness. Long-term use of scopolamine may result in physiological dependency and require tapering.
However, a scopolamine addiction treatment program, such as the one offered at Crestview Recovery, can give people the skills and strategies they need to avoid scopolamine use altogether. If you or someone you care about is struggling with scopolamine addiction, our Crestview Recovery team has the knowledge and experience to help. Contact us today by calling 866.262.0531 or reach out to us online.
Scopolamine is a prescription drug that reduces the secretions of certain organs in the body, such as the stomach and intestines. This drug also decreases nerve signals that trigger your stomach to vomit. Scopolamine is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness or from anesthesia given during surgery. Scopolamine is also used to treat certain stomach or intestinal problems, muscle spasms, and Parkinson-like conditions.
Side Effects of Scopolamine Use
Scopolamine isn’t a pleasant drug. Typically, its side effects deter people from using it a second time. Some of the side-effects are:
- Blurry vision
- Memory loss
- Dry mouth
Scopolamine also has psychoactive effects. You may use it to experience a feeling of euphoria or revel in hallucinations. Some of the undesirable symptoms of using the drug include:
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Trouble urinating
- Extreme weariness
- Shortness of breath
Furthermore, scopolamine is notorious for causing users to experience a zombie-like state. This is why the drug is also known as a mind-control drug. It’s common for users to wake up with no recollection of events that happened after using the drug.
Unpleasant side effects aren’t the only reason to seek substance abuse treatment. If you use scopolamine simultaneously with alcohol or painkillers such as methadone, you may suffer serious health setbacks. Mixing such dangerous substances in large doses can cause respiratory failure and even death.
For pregnant women, scopolamine can also endanger the fetus. Although there aren’t enough studies indicating the specific adverse effects, medical research points towards potential risks. If you are pregnant or know a mother-to-be, it’s in your and their best interest to stay away from narcotics and risky medication.
Breaking Scopolamine Dependency at Crestview Recovery
Many users experience withdrawal symptoms after they stop using the drug. If you experience depression or psychotic episodes, comprehensive drug addiction treatment can also help you get your life back on track.
You will first undergo detox at a trusted partner facility and then embark on a personalized treatment journey. During this journey, you will uncover the roots of your addiction. Professional staff members will help you understand how your addiction developed, your triggers, and how you can prevent relapse.
Only a few people abuse these drugs just for the high and altered state. This is also why scopolamine addiction treatment first identifies the underlying cause for dependency. In treatment, we then curate a program of the most effective therapies for your individual case.
You benefit from a range of carefully planned and expertly executed therapies at Crestview Recovery, such as:
We do everything in our power to make the addiction recovery journey comfortable and pleasant for you. Our clients are amazed at how openly they are able to discuss their problems, frustrations, and fears with our master therapists. They also appreciate the opportunity to interact with fellow scopolamine users seeking recovery.
Addiction & Mental Health Counseling
Mental health counseling is an integral part of treating people with substance use disorder. Our counselors at Paramount offer the skills people need to identify their destructive thoughts and behaviors. We teach clients to use mindfulness to make thoughtful choices instead of impulsive ones. As people learn valuable tools to help them maintain healthy, appropriate boundaries, their self-esteem, relationships, and ability to function improves.
Treatment options sometimes include stress reduction therapy, breathing techniques, and prescription medication. Learning to manage substance use disorder takes a great deal of time, energy, and therapy, but the results are worth it. Remember that mental health is not just a conversation to be navigated. It is important to follow through when you know someone needs help. Taking responsibility for your care supports your family, your community, and your individual success.
Begin Your Scopolamine Addiction Treatment Today
Take a bold step towards a healthier life at Crestview Recovery. We provide a wide array of therapeutic approaches to help you or someone you care about end a scopolamine addiction for good. Learn more from our Crestview Recovery team today by calling 866.262.0531. Don’t wait another day to retake control of your life. Reach out to our team today.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.