Drug addiction can happen to anyone, and today, more people than ever are finding themselves addicted to prescription medications — often taken to relieve them of pain or other symptoms, such as insomnia. Ambien addiction is becoming more and more common as people are relying on this medication to help them sleep. Todays stressful, fast-paced society often results in problems with anxiety and sleeplessness. The medications that are frequently used to combat these problems can be effective and safe in the short term, but unfortunately, they are not a long-term solution.
Is Ambien use taking over your life?
Ambien is the brand name for the sedative medication Zolpidem. This type of drug is classified as a sedative-hypnotic. It is meant to be taken as needed for sleep and comes in the form of tablets, extended-release tablets, sublingual’s and a liquid mist.
In addition to taking it to help promote sleep, many people also take Ambien recreationally, for the euphoric effects that can occur.
Ambien is habit-forming. If you find that you are relying on Ambien to get through your life, then a Stuart, Florida Ambien detox center is right for you. It doesnt matter if you began taking Ambien to help you sleep, or if you started taking it to help you relax or have fun. While not everyone who takes Ambien will become addicted, it is always a risk with any drug.
Ambien Abuse And Addiction
Ambien is meant to be a short-term solution for sleep problems. These problems may be a result of temporary issues such as jet lag or stress. It is not intended for long-term use. Unfortunately, it doesnt take long to become addicted to Ambien. In addition to the psychological addiction that Ambien can produce, a person taking it regularly can develop tolerance and dependence on the drug.
Although Ambien is not a benzodiazepine, it has a similar result when it comes to dependence. If you have been taking Ambien for a while and notice that it seems to not be working as well, and you feel as though you must take more of the drug in order for it to work, then you have developed a tolerance to the drug. Not only that, but you have likely also developed a dependence on it. This means that if you stop taking it, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are not only unpleasant, they can also be dangerous. In some cases, these withdrawal effects can result in seizures, and in extreme cases, death.
This is why it is so important to enlist the help of a Stuart, Florida Ambien detox center. A detox center can help you detox from Ambien safely, and comfortably.
How Do You Know You Need An Ambien Detox?
If you are experiencing any of the signs of Ambien dependence or addiction, you should seek help from an Ambien detox center. The following are some signs that indicate you need help:
- You are abusing Ambien: This means you are getting Ambien without a prescription, you are taking more than is prescribed, you are not using it as directed, you are taking it recreationally.
- When you go too long without taking an Ambien, you start to experience withdrawal symptoms.
- When you run out or run low on Ambien, you become nervous, anxious or agitated.
- You have tried to stop taking Ambien, but you cant.
- You avoid hobbies, activities and people you normally enjoy since you began taking Ambien.
- When people question your Ambien use, you justify it, you defend it and you avoid people who express concern or objections to your use of Ambien.
- You find that you are spending money to get Ambien, or purchasing it illegally. This means buying it from individuals, buying it without a prescription or trading other medications or items for Ambien.
- You find that your thoughts are preoccupied with obtaining more Ambien, or you find that you are looking forward to your next dose of Ambien.
How An Ambien Detox In Florida Can Help
If you are ready to be free from Ambien addiction, there is help from an Ambien detox center in Stuart, Florida. Coastal Detox Center offers services to those suffering from Ambien addiction, as well as addiction to other substances.
Detoxing from Ambien is problematic for two reasons: First off, it can be dangerous to quit Ambien abruptly. For a regular user of Ambien, withdrawal can cause severe symptoms including seizures and in some cases, death. It should never be attempted without the help of a physician. Even when withdrawals are more mild, they are still highly unpleasant physically, mentally and emotionally. You need support, and you need a safe, comfortable environment to detox from this highly addictive drug.
Medical detox enables you to withdraw from Ambien safely, and without the most severe side effects so you can be more comfortable. But effective detox also helps you through the process in other ways. Specialized treatments such as vitamin and mineral therapy and massage therapy soothe your body and mind while helping to speed the detox process.
Some other common side effects you may possibly experience during detox from Ambien include:
- New or worsening anxiety
- Mood swings/Irritability
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rebound insomnia
- Increased heart rate
All of these side effects can be lessened when under proper medical supervision. This also isn’t something you want to experience on your own anyway. No matter how strong you are as a person, detoxing from your addiction is an incredibly trying experience and the right people being there for you through it can make all the difference.
Compassionate, experienced counselors are on hand to help you through the process, and you will feel welcomed and cared for by staff who are there to see that you get the best in care.
Although every person is different, you can typically expect your withdrawal symptoms to begin improving within 1 – 2 weeks, with the most severe of the symptoms occurring within the first 3-5 days. However, this mostly applies to the physical symptoms only. Even after your body has adjusted to being without Ambien, your mind may still be trying to recover.
Psychological withdrawal symptoms may persist for weeks or even months after you’ve detoxed from Ambien. In extreme cases, some people may have panic attacks and other acute anxiety symptoms for a longer period of time.
Factors That Influence Withdrawal Symptoms
There are a few factors that may determine the amount, time, and extent of symptoms in a person detoxing from Ambien. One of the biggest factors is how long the individual was abusing Ambien. When someone uses Ambien much longer than they’re supposed to, they will become tolerant and even dependent upon it. Symptoms will be worse for a person whose body relies upon daily use of Ambien.
Another factor that’s important is how high the dosage of Ambien was that the person was using. Again, the dosage will probably be higher for a person who was using it for a longer period of time. Withdrawing from a higher dose of Ambien will produce more severe symptoms as compared to withdrawing from a lower dose.
A person may have worse withdrawal symptoms if they took Ambien in conjunction with other substances such as alcohol, opiates, or some other drug. When Ambien is used in conjunction with one of these substances, the high that the person experiences is enhanced. This is very dangerous however, because it can increase the risk of overdose as well as make symptoms worse when going through withdrawals.
One last factor that determines the severity of withdrawal symptoms is whether the Ambien was an extended-release version or not. Extended-release versions of Ambien allow people to take much larger doses of the drug since it’s not all released at once. This results in a person forming a tolerance much more easily, making the withdrawal symptoms much worse.
After completing detox, you don’t want to stop with your treatment there. Although we stress that detox is one of the most important steps you can take, there are others that usually follow afterward as well.
Sail Through Detox At Coastal Detox
Coastal Detox is an Ambien detox center in Stuart, Florida. Located on the beautiful Treasure Coast, our 12,000 square foot facility includes serene, well-maintained grounds, a pool, flat screen televisions in all rooms, chef-prepared meals and a host of treatments to help you heal, recover and put your Ambien addiction behind you for good.
If you are ready to get the help and treatment you deserve, call Coastal Detox Center today.