Ambien is a prescription medication. It is a sedative utilized to increase inhibitory brain activity. This makes it possible for some people who have insomnia to sleep. Ambien was promoted as a sleep aid that had less risk for addiction. It has been proven there are serious health risks with using Ambien for an extended time. Using Ambien could cause a person to experience infections, respiratory issues as well as reflux. Some people do become addicted to Ambien.
Risks And Addiction
The potential for physiological dependence, misuse, as well as withdrawal with Ambien is significant. There are various types of side effects.
- Suicidal thoughts
- Slowed reaction time
- Lack of coordination
- Unable to remember things
- Impaired driving
Withdrawal And Treatment
When individuals have been taking high doses of Ambien for a long time, they could experience severe withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it. Withdrawal systems may start within 48 hours after a person eliminates or decreases their use of Ambien. There are certain common withdrawal symptoms people experience.
- Panic attacks or anxiety
- Abdominal discomfort or stomach cramps
- Vomiting or Nausea
- Increased body temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, and pulse
When individuals are recovering from Ambien addiction, they will have to learn to live sober. They will need to practice techniques that will enable them to manage their symptoms and help them avoid using sleeping pills. This will require them to learn how to live with unmanaged insomnia. Their recovery will involve learning the reason for their diagnosis. They also need to become aware of what triggers their symptoms as well as develop coping skills, so they can deal with their triggers. When some people have to learn to live without using Ambien, it can be frustrating and difficult for them. It is common for them to have a strong desire for Ambien and struggle with sleeping.
There are certain coping skills a person can develop that have been proven to be effective.
- Relaxation techniques
- Avoidance of exercise, electronics, and caffeine prior to bed
- Going to bed at the same time nightly
- Maintaining a bedroom dark and cool
- Practicing meditation
This provides an environment where it is easier to stop using drugs. It is common for those who are addicted to Ambien to relapse during the early stages of their withdrawal. This is often when they experience significant insomnia. When an addict does not have the option to take Ambien and hide their problems, they must then focus on achieving sobriety and completing treatment.
Once a person has finished detox, they can start their treatment. This is something that an addict needs to talk about with their treatment team. It is important to choose the best possible treatment options.
Outpatient Treatment – This is a facility where an addict will go several times a week. They could participate in individual or group sessions. They can participate in psychiatrist sessions on a monthly basis as they live in their home. This is a way they can experience the benefits of similar care that is provided by an inpatient environment. It is less restrictive and less intensive when compared to inpatient treatment. This will work well for addicts who have a strong supportive home environment and social network. It is also a good option for those who have completed inpatient treatment.
Inpatient Treatment – Those who enter inpatient rehab will be in an environment that is focused on a strict routine. This is done to help provide balance in the life of an addict who is recovering. A schedule is provided for daily activities. This often involves spending time in support groups, counseling, free time, and other activities. It is a structure that provides successful inpatient treatment for individuals addicted to Ambien. This gives them a chance to reestablish healthy sleeping habits. Their bedtime and waking time is done consistently every day.
One of the first steps for getting help with Ambien addiction is for an addict to determine their individual needs. This is what should be addressed during their rehabilitation. Every outpatient clinic, as well as inpatient rehab, will have its differences. Some may provide treatment involving 12 steps, some will focus on cognitive behavioral therapy and more. An addict needs to determine if a particular inpatient or outpatient treatment will meet their individual needs.
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