Ambien Addiction

At PVRC’s Ambien Addiction Rehab, we like to educate our clients about the substances that are causing such damage in their lives.  Ambien is a sedative, also called a hypnotic, that is used to treat insomnia.  Because it affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems, the Food and Drug Administration took the unusual step in January of 2013 of lowering the recommended dose for Ambien. Ambien may impair your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking this medicine, especially if you take the extended-release tablet, or if you are a woman. Even when used in prescribed dosages, Ambien can be habit forming if used for a prolonged period of time. Ambien is infamous for causing people to sleepwalk, raid their refrigerators, or even go for a drive without remembering any of it the following morning.

 

Ambien Addiction Symptoms

A person who has become addicted to Ambien may feel that he/she has no choice but to continue to use it, no matter what he has to do to get it. This is the most significant effect of Ambien addiction. There are people who take Ambien at higher-than-recommended doses, or for long periods of time who may be unaware that they are boosting its addictive potential. Dependence, which is different from abuse, is defined as a maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment. Dependence is further indicated by such signs as tolerance, withdrawal, a persistent desire to use Ambien, and unsuccessful efforts to stop using the drug, accompanied by an undue amount of time spent acquiring the drug.  The effects of Ambien use include Nausea and vomiting, Delusions or hallucinations, Euphoria, Amnesia or short-term memory loss, Coordination problems, and Fatigue. If you abruptly stop taking Ambien, it can cause withdrawal symptoms, especially after using the drug for a prolonged period of time and at high dosages. Withdrawal symptoms may last for weeks depending on the degree of use. Withdrawal symptoms include Agitation and irritability, Insomnia, Cravings, Nervousness, Delirium, and Convulsions or seizures. Although its effect is milder, Ambien targets the same brain networks as drugs such as Xanax and Valium, potent anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines that can cause dependence when taken for long periods of time. The misuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing problem in the U.S. Many people don’t think twice about sharing drugs they’ve been prescribed with friends or family members.

 

Ambien Addiction Rehab at PVRC

While Ambien abuse can quickly evolve into an addiction if left untreated, alternatively, it can be overcome with the administration of proper addiction treatment.  In most cases, this requires admission into a residential drug rehab center, preferably one with an on-site detox program like our California Ambien rehab program at PVRC. The key to a successful recovery from Ambien abuse is to find the treatment program that best fits your needs. To help maximize this potential, there are many different types of programs available, some offering specialized care for dual diagnosis patients. Although there are many types of Ambien rehab programs available, it is important that the Ambien addict take the time necessary to properly figure out all his or her options. It is important for a person to be in a supervised medical setting during Ambien detoxification, as the process can produce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Treatment settings vary, as do the type of interventions, services and amenities provided. At PVRC, our facility has been designed to promote a comfortable, healing experience, managed in a soothing atmosphere.  We know that if the recovering addict is not comfortable with their environment, the chances of achieving sustainable sobriety are considerably smaller. If you or someone you love is suffering from Ambien abuse, it is critical that professional treatment be sought immediately. (Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k13/DAWN079/sr079-Zolpidem.htm)

If you or a loved one is suffering from Ambien addiction, please don’t let another day go by without getting help.  Contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s Ambien rehab is the right program for you.