In the U.S. right now, there’s a lot of focus on opioid misuse. Opioids are prescription painkillers, and this drug class also includes heroin. These drugs are very addictive, and as a result, people are dying of overdoses. While opioids may be the focus, other prescription drugs can cause addiction problems as well. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs involved in a significant portion of ER visits and overdose cases. Benzodiazepines, like opioids, depress the central nervous system. These drugs can also alter brain wiring and lead to addiction and physical dependence.
Dalmane is a prescription benzo given to patients as a short-term insomnia treatment. When someone uses this medicine, it increases the effectiveness of GABA in their brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter responsible for calming overactivity in the brain. By artificially stimulating this relaxing effect, Dalmane can calm people down and lead to sedation. It can also trigger pleasant feelings or a sense of euphoria. When a drug does this, there is an addiction potential. Dalmane misuse can include taking it for too long, taking too much of it or taking it recreationally.
So how does someone know if they have a Dalmane addiction? Abusing a prescription drug doesn’t necessarily mean addiction. There are specific symptoms of addiction that can occur. Addiction is more likely to happen when people have been abusing Dalmane for a prolonged period. Signs of Dalmane or drug addiction, in general, can include:
- Being unable to control the use of the medication
- Taking larger doses or developing a tolerance
- Trying to stop using Dalmane and being unsuccessful
- Dalmane becomes a priority over everything else
- Declining performance at school or work
- Social and relationship problems because of substance misuse
- Doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions
- Continuing to take Dalmane even when there are negative consequences
- Buying Dalmane illegally
- Engaging in dangerous or risky situations
- Intense cravings
Along with psychological addiction, Dalmane can also cause physical dependence. Physical dependence occurs when someone’s brain and central nervous system are repeatedly exposed to a substance. The brain no longer functions in the same way because of the presence of that substance. In the case of Dalmane, a person’s brain may stop producing enough of its own GABA because the drug does it instead. When someone is dependent and tries to stop using a drug suddenly, they may go through withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can be especially severe.
There can be varying degrees of addiction, and they may require different treatment approaches. If someone has only been taking Dalmane for a short period of time, outpatient rehab may be appropriate for them. However, with benzodiazepines like Dalmane, there are often a few situations that can complicate the addiction and make more intensive treatment necessary. First, there is the issue of physical dependence that may require a medical detox before a person can start Dalmane rehab. Also, benzodiazepine addiction rarely occurs on its own. Instead, it’s more often part of a polysubstance misuse issue, which requires intensive addiction treatment. Also, there may be co-occurring mental health issues that existed before the use of Dalmane or were triggered as the result of addiction. This has to be treated during rehab as well. It’s only by addressing all of these elements of addiction and dependence that a person has a chance for a long-term recovery.
A successful Dalmane addiction treatment and recovery program will often include multiple different forms of therapy, occurring in both group and individual settings. There has to be work done to address the behavioral issues related to addiction. People who successfully recover from Dalmane addiction and drug addiction, in general, usually participate in programs where they have treatments that help them change their thinking, feelings and behaviors.
If you’re struggling with Dalmane, another benzodiazepine or any substance, The Recovery Village is here. Reach out and learn more. We can also answer questions you may have about a loved one who’s dealing with addiction and how recovery is possible.
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