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Learn More About Ambien Addiction
Recovery from substance abuse takes time and effort. For Ambien abuse, this also involves learning how to manage insomnia or sleep issues without turning to medications. In the short term, learning to live without Ambien can be difficult and frustrating. For example, you may experience intense cravings for Ambien and struggle to sleep.
How Ambien use can lead to addiction
Ambien is a brand-name prescription medication used to treat individuals who have difficulty sleeping or who have a diagnosis of insomnia. Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotic medication and requires a prescription.
The generic name for Ambien is zolpidem tartrate. Taking Ambien can stabilize an individual’s sleeping patterns; however, it can become addictive if relied on too often. In addition, Ambien produces a calming effect for the body that can impair an individual’s motor functions and reactions.
While Ambien effectively treats insomnia for short periods, it carries significant risks as individuals engage in activities and behaviors with no recollection or memory of doing so.
Ambien is meant for short-term use (no longer than two weeks) as the body develops a tolerance to this drug quickly. As an individual’s tolerance to Ambien develops, the medication becomes less effective. It may result in someone misusing the medication or taking it with other drugs such as marijuana, Xanax, Ativan, or alcohol, which increases the likelihood of addiction. When someone develops an Ambien addiction, the most effective response is to begin Ambien addiction treatment.
Signs of Ambien addiction
Ambien becomes less effective in long-term use and may result in someone experiencing a worsening of initial symptoms when they stop taking Ambien. Additionally, an overdose is concerning as symptoms of an overdose may appear as usual effects of taking the drug itself. Finally, Ambien’s nature of being a depressant can result in someone’s heart rate, or breathing can slow down to the point of failure.
Symptoms of Ambien abuse may include the following: weakness, overwhelming drowsiness, confusion, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleepwalking, memory loss, hallucinations, delusions, vomiting and nausea, coordination problems, slowed heartbeat or breathing, altered reasoning or judgment, impairment in functioning the next day, and uncontrollable shaking. In addition, in those with co-occurring disorders, Ambien can worsen depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
Risks of Ambien abuse
If an individual has developed a dependence or addiction to Ambien, the individual mustn’t attempt to detox independently as withdrawal symptoms are severe and require medical monitoring. Ambien withdrawal symptoms may begin as soon as 48 hours following the last dose and may last for approximately two weeks. Individuals experiencing withdrawal may present with the following symptoms: cravings, irritability, agitation, nervousness, delirium, panic attacks, anxiety, mood swings, seizures, fatigue, sweating, tremors, uncontrollable depression or tearfulness, abdominal discomfort, rebound insomnia, rapid breathing, and rapid heart rate.
If someone develops a tolerance to Ambien, there is a high likelihood that they may begin mixing Ambien with other similar drugs and alcohol to achieve the same effect. This euphoric feeling places the individual at much higher risks for addiction, overdose, and potentially fatal health complications. A typical mixture is Ambien and alcohol, which can worsen side effects such as drowsiness and abnormal thoughts or behaviors.
Even if they try to quit Ambien, they’re likely to experience withdrawal symptoms that can include:
- Panic attacks
- Increased blood pressure
- Stomach Cramps
What does Ambien look like?
Ambien comes in a capsule shape and may vary in size depending on the dose. Usually, it comes as a slight pink/peach-colored tablet available in strengths of 5mg and 10mg.
Extended-release tablets are also standard and occur in strengths of 6.25mg and 12.5mg for individuals who have difficulty remaining asleep. These extended-release tablets are usually circular. A generic version of Zolpidem may appear different and come in varying methods of ingestion. However, Ambien is only available in pill form.
Are there flexible rehab programs?
Is family involved in treatment?
If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process.
We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy.
Do you use medications?
If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and make the recovery process easier on those in treatment.
How long is the treatment?
It depends. Our rehab programs are personalized to address your needs. However, most of our programs range from 60- to 90-day, with many choosing continuum care after leaving rehab.
Ambien Treatment and Rehab
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat addiction with individual and group therapy combined with medical and holistic approaches, working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team and working alongside the individual to accomplish goals and objectives in recovery.
Patients can address core issues with their therapist, build support networks with peers, discuss medical conditions with our staff doctor, and work with our staff psychiatrist to treat any mental health conditions and identify an effective medication regimen.
Frequently, underlying issues with therapy and non-addictive medications are vital for a successful recovery from dependence on Ambien or other sedative-hypnotic drugs, especially for individuals who developed an addiction due to prescription medications.
Will Insurance Cover Treatment?
Insurance plans often cover the cost of Ambien addiction treatment. While each insurance company has different criteria, we work with patients and their medical plans to cover expenses.
In addition, for self-pay clients, we have flexible financing plans. If you are considering treatment and would like more information about your specific benefits, please call one of our staff members today. We are committed to assisting you in accessing the treatment necessary to recover from addiction.
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