Central Nervous System depressants, also known as sedatives, are substances that slow down communication in the brain and also slowing down brain activity. Sedative drugs can cause drowsiness and a calming effect, giving the feeling of intense relaxation. Because these feelings are very rewarding, it only makes it more appealing to individuals to continue taking the drug chasing the feelings of calmness and happiness.

Other types of sedative drugs include hypnotics and anxiolytics, which are medications prescribed by doctors usually for sleep and anxiety disorders. While they can be very effective for both, they are highly addictive. In 2020, an estimated 6 million people were reported to have 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 Sedatives

Abusing sedative medications can deplete your emotional health and exacerbate any co-occurring mental health disorders you might already have. Depression, anxiety, extreme mood swings, ideations of suicide, psychosis, insomnia, shame and traumatic experiences are common side effects of a sedative drug addiction. Over the progression of the addiction, individuals will start to damage the most critical relationships, create financial instability, and even go as far as endangering others as well as themselves. Your cognitive functioning memory, word recognition, response time, ability to concentrate and clarity of speech, can take a significant hit when you are constantly abusing sedative prescription medications. Other risky behaviors such as driving while under the influences of mind-altering substances, stealing and lying from loved ones, as well as experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you suddenly stop or decrease the amount of the drugs you are taking can also be a huge factor in your emotional health.

Physical Effects of Sedatives

These depressant drugs slow down your mind and your body making reactions times slower, inhibitions lowered and at high doses mixed with alcohol, logic and memory could permanently fade. Your health is vulnerable at any age and at any stage of a sedative addiction. Some of the most common side effects many individuals abusing sedatives 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 the drugs.

Some individuals may also find that reducing the amount of drugs or even trying to quit altogether could have its own physical health risks. It can be especially dangerous for those who have a severe addiction. Common withdrawal symptoms include slowed heart rate, extreme fatigue, small pupil, vomiting, nausea as well as tremors and even risks of seizures.

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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. By treating every aspect of the addiction, clients who are addicted to Ambien will have a better understanding of their addiction, strategies on how to cope and how to rebuild toward a better future free from the dependence of prescription sedatives.

Treatment for those addicted to Ambien in Washington

The specialization in Ambien addiction treatment at Hotel California by the Sea’s Washington location allows clients all the necessary tools to heal from their addiction to Ambien. Unique therapeutic methods such as CBT, DBT and EMDR therapy are vital in helping clients with any contributing co-occurring mental health conditions that often accompany a sedative addiction.

Rehab for Ambien Addiction in Ohio

Ambien addiction treatment programs such as the one at Hotel California by the Sea in Ohio, offer clients personalized treatment to overcome their addiction. Treatment options that include individual, group and family therapy allow clients to dive into a deeper understanding of the complexities of their addiction. Rehab for Ambien addiction at our Ohio location offers intensive family therapies and other social services to help clients address co-occurring mental health conditions that may be exacerbating their sedative prescription drug addiction.

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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 to learn more about the rigorous and intensive rehab programs within Hotel California by the Sea. Our evidenced-based treatment methods tackle all aspects of a client’s addiction with a focus on creating an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan for all men, women and young adults.

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