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Ambien Addiction Treatment

Find an Ambien addiction treatment and rehab program that matches your recovery goals.

What is Ambien?

Ambien is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia. The drug is considered to be a sedative, or hypnotic, that is available in 2 forms. Immediate release Ambian can help someone fall asleep quickly, but Ambien CR is an extended-release medication that helps the individual fall asleep and stays asleep for several hours. The generic name for Ambien is zolpidem. Abuse of Ambien and its generic equivalent does occur, and sometimes Ambien addiction treatment is required.


Our Ambien Treatment Center at Lighthouse Recovery Institute

In all our Ambien addiction treatment programs, patients meet with therapists weekly for individual sessions to process the underlying issues they have been struggling with. There is also access to group therapy each week with their recovering peers.

Patients learn a variety of skills in groups and sessions, ranging from emotional regulation, life, and vocational skills, relapse prevention, coping skills, and effective interpersonal communication strategies.

Patients additionally can engage in a variety of clinical modalities to uncover the underlying issues resulting in their continuous, chronic use of drugs and alcohol. Patients address a range of concerns, from grief and loss to medication management, with our experienced addiction staff.

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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. Ambien produces a calming effect for the body that can impair an individual’s motor functions and reactions. While Ambien is effective in treating 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, that increase 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. 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 those with co-occurring disorders, Ambien can worsen symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

Risks of Ambien abuse

If an individual has developed a dependence or addiction to Ambien, it is imperative that the individual does not attempt to detox on their own as withdrawal symptoms are severe and require medical monitoring. Symptoms of Ambien withdrawal 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.

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 small 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.

Inpatient rehab for Ambien abuse

With Inpatient/PHP Treatments, patients, have a structured and supervised routine with regular clinical sessions and auxiliary services. Patients generally enroll in these programs following medical detox to begin their recovery.

Intensive outpatient rehab option

After completing PHP or inpatient drug rehab, patients can continue Ambien addiction treatment in IOP. This program allows patients to work, attend school, participate in community events and meetings, and enjoy some independence while still attending treatment sessions.


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 the use of 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. 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 to access the treatment necessary to recover from addiction.


We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.