Are You Addicted to Ambien? Addiction Treatment Can Help You Recover

A growing number of people in the United States complain of having difficulty with either falling asleep at night, or staying asleep.

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Some people even experience both. It should come as no surprise that sleeping medications have grown in popularity, and prescription medications that aid with sleep are among the most prescribed drugs by doctors. Even so, these medications are often very addictive, and though they’re not intended to be used for a long period of time, they often are, either because they’re deemed to be medically necessary, or because of abuse.

Ambien is one of the most commonly prescribed sleeping medications in the country, and while its name sounds pleasant and soothing, becoming addicted to it can become a real problem. It’s often sold under the generic name of Zolpidem, and it’s been available in our country for only a few short years.

If you’ve become addicted to Ambien, it may have happened to you accidentally. When this occurs, sometimes people panic because they don’t want to be addicted to anything, so they stop their medications abruptly. The best thing you can do is to learn more about what to for in cases of Ambien abuse and addiction. Also, please know that if you’re addicted to Ambien, help is available for you.

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Understanding Ambien Abuse

Ambien is a quick acting, hypnotic drug that allows patients to sleep very well. Some people actually require the CR (controlled release) version of this medication because they tend to wake up after only a few hours on the original. Either one can potentially be dangerous if it’s taken for too long.

Ambien abuse can occur when the drug is taken for a long time, or when its dosages are increased. It might seem surprising, but people will often take Ambien, and fight through the urge to go to sleep because of the high they are able to experience afterwards. Doing so is likely to result in:

  • Vivid visual effects
  • Hallucinations or distortion of reality
  • A euphoric feeling of being high
  • Changes in your perception
  • Frequent delusions

Once Ambien is abused just one time, it is very likely that this abuse will lead to an Ambien addiction. When that occurs, the best way to stop the drug is by getting Ambien addiction treatment.

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Is There a Risk of Ambien Withdrawal?

Ambien is only recommended for about twelve weeks of continual use, and even when that goal is met, and not exceeded, there is still a chance that you might develop Ambien withdrawal when you stop the medication abruptly. For those who have been abusing the drug, their Ambien withdrawal symptoms are sure to be much more pronounced. These might include:

  • A sudden onset of seizures
  • Rebound insomnia
  • Intense stomach cramps
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Irritability, anger and even rage

The risks of experiencing Ambien withdrawal are great, and it’s important to get professional help if you want to stop using it; especially considering the probability of having seizures and other potential medical complications. It may be recommended for your dosage to be tapered down slowly as a way to prepare your body for stopping it eventually. Once you’re able to stop it, you’ll be able to start drug detox, which will help you through any residual withdrawal symptoms that might occur. Stopping Ambien under the care and supervision of professional addition specialists will ensure that you receive the right amount of medical treatment and intervention if it becomes necessary.

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Family Help: Recognizing Ambien Addiction Symptoms and Behaviors

If you’re a family member of someone who has been taking Ambien for a while, you might be wondering if he or she has become addicted to it. Maybe you’ve read about how addictive it can be, and you need to know what symptoms you should be looking for. There are a variety of short term and long term Ambien addiction behaviors and symptoms, and these might include:

  • Complaining of frequent headaches
  • Sleep walking at night
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Strange thought patterns
  • A change in libido
  • Difficulty with reasoning or judgment
  • Increased levels of impulsivity
  • Bouts of amnesia
  • Rebounding insomnia

If your loved one tries to stop taking Ambien, it’s common for them to experience physical or mental pain when going through withdrawal as well. Help is available to you if you need assistance with communicating a need for Ambien addiction treatment.

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The Top Ambien Rehab Treatment Centers: Help for Your Addiction

It’s not easy to admit that you need help for a prescription drug addiction, and in some cases, getting help for an Ambien addiction might be even harder because you’ve become so dependent on it for sleep. Even so, here at Northpoint Recovery we offer some of the best Ambien rehab treatment options in the Pacific Northwest. We have methods that can help you come off this dangerous drug successfully, and we can even help you find ways to fall asleep naturally and effectively.

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