Ambien Addiction Treatment
The sleep aid Zolpidem (Ambien) can be very successful when used to help insomnia sufferers get a much needed night sleep but the problem of an addiction associated with the popular sleep aid is quickly growing. When the intended sleep is fought, Ambien creates a hallucinogenic effect and users feel euphoric, this can lead to abuse.
Zolpidem acts directly on your brain in order to give you a calming effect. However, the effect of this drug may last even after you wake up the next day. Sometimes, despite getting a full 7 or 8 hours of sleep, you may feel alert but not be able to think properly. It is available as a tablet and sublingual tablets are also offered, called Intermezzo, to help you go back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night. Then there are the extended release tablets that have 2 layers; one to put you to sleep and one to keep you asleep.
What Do Ambien Addicts Feel?
Many addicts use Ambien to get a strong feeling of euphoria. Sometimes, just taking it with water doesn’t help and many users might take it with alcohol to intensify the effect. Crushing it and snorting it is also a common habit amongst many addicts. What does it feel like? Just like taking in a lot of alcohol and feeling light-headed. The calmness of this drug has made it popular amongst many addicts.
Addiction Side Effects of Ambien Abuse
It’s not long before you start experiencing the short term side effects; weakness in the body, slow breathing and the inability to stand upright. Paradoxical excitation is a term given by doctors to addicts who go about performing unusual behavior without their mind knowing what they’re doing. It is uncommon, but “sleep-driving” can occur where an Ambien addict can go out for a drive after taking the tablet, without his or her mind knowing. You may also experience an appetite loss or change in appetite, causing disruption in your daily routine.
Long term effects of Ambien addiction include a decrease in libido, increased delusions and loss of short term memory. For example, users may not remember the last time they took a dose.
Ambien dependence is very common for those who begin to rely heavily on the drug. What an increase in regular dosage does is convince the brain that the only way he or she can function throughout the day is by taking the drug. This is how many regular users of Ambien turn into addicts, the feeling of getting a high off of it gradually forces people to make it part of their daily habits.
The Treatment for Ambien Addiction
A medically supervised detoxification is the best way to go for an Ambien addict. There are two ways to treat an Ambien addict: initially it’s a gradual drug detox or drug replacement therapy. Gradual drug detox involves carefully tapering the drug from the system. In some cases, gradual drug detox may not help the addict and drug replacement therapy must be implemented. It substitutes the addicting drug with a similar drug that has a longer half-life. Typically, Flumanzenil is used to substitute a strong benzodiazepine for Ambien. Remember, the entire process should always be supervised by a group of nurses, who are specialized, at all times for the withdrawal process to take place quickly and efficiently.
Careful, you are bound to experience withdrawal symptoms a while after you stop using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms may include fatigue, sweating and stomach cramps.
At Meridian Treatment Solutions they help addicts overcome drug abuse; as stated before, it is extremely important for withdrawal to take place under careful supervision of experienced physicians and specialized nurses.
There Is Help for Ambien addiction
What do you do if you find that you or a loved one has crossed the line from intended use to abuse? At the Meridian Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we use a combination approach to treating substance abuse. An approach that focuses on healing not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. If the addiction isn’t very ingrained into the daily habits and routines of the user, an outpatient approach could be the best option, but for the user that has made abusing Ambien a part of their daily routines, breaking the addiction could require a stay at an inpatient facility such as the Meridian Treatment Solutions.