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Addiction Treatment

Find a Pseudoephedrine addiction treatment and rehab program that matches your recovery goals.

What is Pseudoephedrine?

Pseudoephedrine is the active ingredient in the cold and sinus medication, Sudafed. Sudafed is used to relieve cold symptoms including nasal congestion and sinus pressure. It works by shrinking mucous membranes and decreasing inflammation in the nasal passage ways. You will most commonly find Sudafed as small, round tablets with a red coating. Pseudoephedrine is also sometimes used as an ingredient in cold in flu medications that also treat fever, sore throat, or other cold symptoms. In this case, you may find the medication in a gel capsule or syrup form.


Another common reason that pseudoephedrine is abused is in hopes of it helping with weight loss. Many people believe that it can be used for this reason, but this is not a healthy way to control one’s weight. The use of Sudafed or any other drug containing pseudoephedrine for weight loss is a sign of a potential eating disorder or body dysphoria and professional treatment may be needed.

Some forms of Sudafed are sold over the counter, but others are only available behind the counter. You will have to present your identification anytime you purchase Sudafed and are limited to a certain number of boxes within a set amount of time.

Although pseudoephedrine is not a highly addictive substance, it is not difficult to find ways to use the drug to get high. Most commonly, pseudoephedrine based medications are purchased to be used to create crystal meth or methamphetamine. In this form, the drug is extremely addictive and harmful to a person’s health.

Pseudoephedrine Addiction Treatment Programs at Lighthouse Recovery Institute

Pseudoephedrine Inpatient Treatment

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Following detox, if necessary, patients can enter pseudoephedrine addiction treatment and live at the addiction rehab facility while they complete our recovery program for drug addiction or eating disorders. Learn more about our pseudoephedrine addiction rehab center.

Pseudoephedrine IOP Treatment

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Following residential or inpatient treatment, patients often benefit from enrolling in an intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) program for continuing care. In IOP, patients continue addiction treatment for pseudoephedrine. However, they have the flexibility to return to work, school, or transition to sober living while continuing to dedicate time to treatment programming. Learn more about our pseudoephedrine intensive outpatient treatment program.

Pseudoephedrine Aftercare Treatment

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Aftercare services for pseudoephedrine addiction, or eating disorders, are available through outpatient treatment. Once a patient completes a higher level of treatment, they can continue to receive individual and group therapy services on an ongoing basis while residing in sober or independent living. Learn more about our addiction rehab aftercare program.

Is Pseudoephedrine Addictive?

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Although pseudoephedrine is not physically addictive, it can be used to create crystal meth and other drugs that are highly addictive. When someone becomes addicted to Sudafed or any variations of drugs whose active ingredient is pseudoephedrine, they are often also abusing other drugs or they are using them in an attempt to lose weight. With that, it is possible to develop an addiction to pseudoephedrine.

Signs of Pseudoephedrine Abuse

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Since pseudoephedrine is not as easy to purchase as it once was, one major sign that someone is addicted to Sudafed or crystal meth is if they are asking others to purchase Sudafed for them. Another sign would be if you do see them with large amounts of Sudafed. Pseudoephedrine is widely used in pill form and if you come across unidentified pills, checking online at “Pill Identifier” or another prescription identification service can help you determine whether the drugs are pseudoephedrine or not.

Signs that someone may have a problem with crystal meth made from pseudoephedrine are aggression, extreme changes in personality or habits, insomnia and lack of appetite, financial issues, hyperactivity, mania, and secretive behavior. If you think your loved one is abusing pseudoephedrine or suffering from an eating disorder, contact our staff today for a free and confidential assessment.

How to Seek Help

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If you believe that you or someone you care about is struggling with pseudoephedrine or a related addiction, then getting help from a professional addiction treatment team is critical. Depending on any other substances being used, the first step for treatment may be a medical detox program. Depending on the exact substances being abused, detox symptoms may vary. Detox is followed by an array of different possible treatment options. Personalized treatment plans help give each individual the best chance at recovery.

Pseudoephedrine Treatment & Rehab

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If someone is addicted to pseudoephedrine, it is likely that they are either using other substances as well or that they are struggling with another related health issue. Any addiction or mental health issue associated with pseudoephedrine abuse can be treated with the help of a professionally trained and experienced team. Some might have developed a dependence on crystal meth or prescription drugs bought on the street whereas others may be abusing Sudafed purchased or stolen from pharmacies. Regardless of the method by which someone becomes addicted, quitting pseudoephedrine related addiction and seeking ongoing treatment is important for an individual’s long-term physical and mental health. Pseudoephedrine addiction treatment includes a range of different therapies and treatment approached to meet each individual’s needs. In treatment, clients develop life skills to avoid relapse and to rebuild relationships and any damage that may have resulted from their addiction.


Our Pseudoephedrine Addiction Treatment Center

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat dependence and addiction to pseudoephedrine with individual and group therapy combined with medication-assisted treatment and holistic approaches. Each client can meet with a therapist on a one-on-one basis to work on mental health struggles, join group therapy sessions to meet peers and develop a support network, and address medical conditions with our staff doctor. Our doctor will also help identify an effective medication regimen for each individual patient.

Does Insurance Cover Pseudoephedrine Addiction Rehab?

Insurance policies typically provide some level of coverage for addiction recovery and treatment options. In many cases, insurance companies may approve a certain level of care or length of care that they will pay for depending on the doctor’s recommendations, the client’s medical status, and several other factors. The criteria for coverage can vary from one insurance company to another. If you or a loved one needs rehab for a pseudoephedrine-related addiction, our admissions office can answer any questions you have about insurance coverage and payment options. Call our office to talk with a compassionate admissions coordinator who can help verify your insurance benefits and direct you on how to get the help you need.

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