What is Soma Addiction and How Does Treatment Work?

Addiction treatment and recovery is hard work, no matter what the substance the person needs help with. Soma is known by many street names, but is basically a Schedule IV controlled substance with low potential for abuse but seems to have seen a rise in cases of people becoming dependent lately. Addiction and dependence are individual, meaning there is no telling how or why some people become addicted to a drug others do not struggle with. Learn more about Soma and how to seek treatment if dependence is an issue.

Sedative Addiction

As a relaxant, Soma can be used in combination with other drugs to enhance the effects. Severe side effects can pop up for people who use the drug alone or in tandem with other medications, including:

  • Hard time breathing
  • Weakness
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Seizures

Long-term use has not been researched that much but overall consequences can lead to respiratory distress, coma, even death. Dependence typically happens when the neurons in the brain crave the substance so the person seeks after it all the time. The body also gets used to it, so the entire system from head to toe is off balance.

How it Starts

When a person becomes addicted to Soma, they typically look for the drug all the time and seek to use it nonstop. They may use it without worrying about the consequences to family, life, work, or other things. They may experience some challenges they cannot get out of including legal ramifications. If they are needing a higher dose of Soma to keep existing at the same pace and achieve the same effects, they may have dependence. Soma addiction can become difficult to shake once the brain is addicted.


Treatment for Soma addiction is likely to include the same as any other type of substance abuse addiction treatment that has similar properties. Although every situation is unique, there is a similar process to help walk people through the challenges, including:

  • Detox: getting the drugs out of the system
  • Evaluation: testing the person, checking their system for drugs, and looking into mental health evaluations
  • Treatment protocols get set up to help them engage with the process even further including multiple therapeutic modalities, alternative and holistic therapies, and aftercare planning when ready

The main goal is to place people in a situation where they can advocate and choose to negotiate recovery on their terms. Medical personnel and staff can help the person seek out support wherever needed to continue the journey of recovery. Treatment is usually helpful inpatient but outpatient may also be an option for certain people. The goal is to build a space where the person feels safe growing and learning about their own recovery and increase the chance of success to stay clean. Staying healthy in recovery requires a desire to stay the course and keep working at it for the rest of their life.

The Last Resort is a safe space to dive into recovery with tailored programs to suit your needs. We focus on nature as an important part of healing from addiction. You will receive the most professional treatment with our therapists and mental health specialists who can focus on your needs. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.