Sedatives Addiction Treatment

Central Nervous System depressants are substances that slow down communication in the brain and brain activity. These sedative drugs can cause drowsiness and a calming effect, giving the feeling of intense relaxation. These feelings make it more appealing to continue taking the drug to experience calmness and happiness.

Other types of sedative drugs include hypnotics and anti-anxiety medications. This category of medications are usually prescribed by medical physicians to individuals suffering from sleep and anxiety disorders. While they can be very effective for both conditions, they can become highly addictive. 


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In 2020, studies found an estimated 6 million people reported having misused these types of medications to get high. Common examples of these prescription medications include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan and Ambien, which is one of the most popular.

Signs you might be struggling with Sedative medication Addiction: 

  • Taking pills in a higher quantity or more often than prescribed 
  • Feeling like you “need” more pills to achieve the same effect (tolerance)  
  • Using the medication outside its prescribed purpose (sleep medication when you already feel tired enough to sleep, anxiety medication when you already feel calm, etc.)  
  • Using the medication to make yourself feel better or different  
  • Feeling irritable or ill when you don’t take your medication  
  • Continuing to take the medication despite the threat of serious consequences   
  • Engaging in high-risk behaviors such as mixing medication with alcohol 
  • Taking so much medication that it becomes a medical emergency (overdose)  
  • Hiding medications or using them in private so that loved ones don’t see  
  • Stashing medication in several places so you never find yourself without  
  • Obtaining medication illicitly (online, from friends, from drug dealers) 
  • Getting prescriptions from multiple doctors simultaneously (doctor shopping) 
  • Ingesting medication in a non-prescribed way (e.g. crushing and snorting)

Behavioral side effects of a Sedative Addiction

Abusing sedative medications can deplete your emotional health and worsen any co-occurring mental health disorders you might already have. Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and extreme mood swings can occur. Ideations of suicide, psychosis, insomnia and are also common side effects of sedative drug addiction. 

Over time, the following basic cognitive functions take a significant hit when you are constantly abusing sedative prescription medications: 

  • memory
  • word recognition 
  • response time
  • ability to concentrate 
  • clarity of speech

Risky behaviors such as driving while under the influence of mind-altering substances lead to a destructive path caused by addiction. Other behaviors such as lying and stealing from loved ones can cause damage to important social relationships. Individuals can also experience withdrawal symptoms when they suddenly stop or decrease the number of drugs they are taking. 

Physical side effects of Sedative Abuse

These depressant drugs slow down your mind and body making reactions times slower and inhibitions lowered. At high doses mixed with alcohol, sedatives could cause permanent damage to logic and memory. An individual’s health is vulnerable at any age and at any stage of a sedative addiction. 

Some of the most common side effects sedatives abusers experience are:

  • dizziness 
  • blurred vision 
  • impaired visual perception 
  • slower breathing 
  • liver dysfunction and damage

Once a person becomes physically dependent on the drug, they will be unable to function normally without it. This leads to both an emotional and physical addiction to mind-altering substances.

Some people may find that quitting drugs or reducing their drug use has its own risks for their physical health. It can be especially dangerous for those who have a severe addiction. Common withdrawal symptoms include slowed heart rate, extreme fatigue and vomiting. Nausea, tremors and even risks of seizures are symptoms of a sedative addiction.

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Ambien Addiction Treatment in California

At Hotel California by the Sea, the Ambien addiction treatment program in California focuses on treating clients both physically and emotionally. The range in level of care includes medically managed detox, residential services, PHP and IOP intensive treatments.

Abusing Ambien is not a new trend. Prescribed by medical professionals to treat insomnia, Ambien can become highly addictive. 

Treatment for Ambien consists of treating every aspect of substance addiction. Clients within our treatment programs who are addicted to Ambien, will have a better understanding of their addiction. Within our inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment programs, clients learn effective coping techniques. These necessary skills help them rebuild a better future free from the dependence of prescription sedatives.

Treatment for those addicted to Ambien in Washington

The Ambien addiction treatment at Hotel California by the Sea provides clients with all the necessary tools to heal from their addiction. Unique therapeutic methods such as CBT, DBT and EMDR therapy are vital in helping clients with co-occurring mental health conditions. These contributing disorders often accompany a sedative addiction. When treated simultaneously, clients have a greater chance of maintaining long-term sobriety. 

Rehab for Ambien Addiction in Ohio

Ambien addiction treatment programs in Ohio offer clients personalized treatment to overcome their addiction. Treatment options including individual, group and family therapy help clients better understand the complexities of their addiction.

Rehab for Ambien addiction in Ohio offers unique treatment methods proven to help clients in their recovery. Specialty services such as marriage and family therapy, help clients address co-occurring mental health conditions. Oftentimes it may be worsening their sedative prescription drug addiction. Family social support services provide the necessary tools and resources to assist with addiction treatment and healing as a family.

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Get Help at Hotel California by the Sea

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to sedative drugs, reach out to our admissions team today. Learn more about the rigorous and intensive rehab programs within Hotel California by the Sea. Our evidence-based treatment methods tackle all aspects of a client’s addiction. We focus on creating an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan for all men, women and young adults. 

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