If you or a loved one is addicted to Ambien, addiction treatment needs to be closely monitored by a medical professional – because that’s the safest and most correct way to do it. Safe detox is overseen by a medical professional in a treatment center, where they’ll have access to all of the tools needed for a speedy recovery. The good news is, recovery from Ambien addiction is possible. Just follow the steps laid out by your treatment professional and don’t give up. But, what is Ambien, and why is it so addictive?
Ambien, also known by the name Zolpidem, is a drug prescribed by doctors to treat insomnia. It fits under the category of sedative-hypnotics. It works by actually slowing the brain’s essential functions. The problem is, drugs within this category often cause users to develop psychological dependence, which can lead to addiction. Addiction to Ambien works similarly to any other addiction. A person takes Ambien night after night to go to sleep, becoming reliant on it to get to bed. This is how addiction starts out psychologically.. As the person continues to take it, tolerance sets in. Soon, they’re dependent on the drug and literally cannot get to sleep without it. Addiction sets in when larger and larger doses are needed to get the same effects as the beginning.
By itself, Ambien addiction can be pretty dangerous – but when Ambien is combined with other drugs, the result could be devastating. Taking Ambien with alcohol or other substances like prescription painkillers or street-level opiates could be fatal. Some of the worst results come when a person uses a stimulant and then takes Ambien to try and “come down” in order to fall asleep. The person may be lulled into a false sense of security, thinking they’ve taken an adequate amount of the drug when in fact, they’ve just accidentally overdosed. Alcohol and Ambien is another losing combination. Alcohol brings out the dangerous side effects and enhances the overall potency of the drug. People taking Ambien and other drugs are also at increased risk of getting into an accident. Never operate a motor vehicle on either substance.
Ambien dependence is serious – and it needs to be treated that way. Dependence leads to addiction as tolerance increases. Ambien use has certain signs and symptoms that you should look out for. These symptoms of use are similar to other sedative-hypnotic drugs, like Benzodiazepine. For example, Ambien users have many of the same addiction characteristics as Xanax users. Here they are:
An individual currently using and/or abusing Ambien may show the following physical signs of use:
An individual currently using and/or abusing Ambien may show the following mental signs of use:
An individual using and/or abusing Ambien over a period of time may show the following signs of use:
Withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and painful. That’s why it’s always suggested to go to an addiction treatment center. Detoxing from Ambien is similar to detoxing from other sedative-hypnotic drugs like Benzodiazepines. Therefore, withdrawal symptoms are similar to what you see with Xanax, Valium or Klonopin users. Withdrawal may begin in as little as one day after the last use, though it can take a few days. Symptoms can last for around a week to 10 days, usually. Lingering effects can occur, especially in people who used Ambien extensively.
In cases of extended use, Ambien withdrawal can cause hallucinations, psychosis, and even seizures. That’s why it’s always recommended to detox under the care of a trained medical professional.
Treatment for Ambien addiction follows the following phases:
Treating addiction to Ambien is similar to treating other sedative-hypnotics. The process usually begins with a medically assisted detox. Then the person in need of treatment will go for individual counseling, behavioral therapy, and training. Therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and group counseling are also used. While in treatment, the person will learn important skills, like mindfulness, how to cope with trauma, relapse prevention, and stress management.
At Virtual Treatment Center, we believe quality addiction recovery and mental health services should be easily accessible to those that want or need them, because ease of accessibility is what most often leads to success. That’s why we’re committed to providing top-tier virtual mental health teletherapy and addiction recovery services to all residents of California. Although we’re located in Orange County, our online teletherapy can be accessed throughout the state. In addition to providing addiction recovery services, we treat a variety of mental health issues and offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Our teletherapy sessions are done via two-way, live interactive video or by telephone. Therapeutic visits are conducted on Zoom most often, or on other virtual platforms that adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements.
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