Halcion (triazolam) is a prescription drug intended as a short-term treatment for insomnia. Along with its sedative properties, Halcion has amnesiac, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, hypnotic and muscle relaxant properties. Triazolam has a very short half-life, so it’s not usually given to patients who have problems staying asleep or with waking up early. Instead, it’s good for situations where people need help falling asleep, especially for short periods, such as on a brief flight or before a procedure.
With any benzodiazepine, there are certain mechanisms of action that occur. A benzodiazepine binds to the brain’s GABA receptors. In doing so, benzos can increase the effects of the GABA neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter is responsible for calming overactivity in the brain. With a benzodiazepine, brain activity can be slowed down, and a person can fall sleep or symptoms of anxiety can be relieved. While there are benefits to using benzos in the short term, long-term use can be problematic. Benzodiazepines are potentially addictive, and it’s possible to form a physical dependence to this drug class.
Addiction is a disease with symptoms that can be used to make a diagnosis. With addiction, drugs that affect the brain can alter functionality and change the wiring of the brain. When this happens, a person’s use of a drug like Halcion can become compulsive, meaning it’s no longer in their control. There are certain risk factors for addiction including a personal or family history of substance misuse, using Halcion other than what’s directed by a doctor or using it with other substances to get high. Symptoms of addiction to Halcion or another prescription drug can include:
- Use of Halcion is compulsive or out of the control of the person taking it
- If someone stops using Halcion suddenly, they may experience withdrawal
- Even when there are negative consequences, a person continues using
- There are social side effects, such as broken relationships
- People with drug addictions will put a huge priority on making sure they have a large supply of the substance
- Risk-taking to obtain more of the substance
- Taking risks because of being under the influence
- Preoccupation with the substance
- Trying to stop taking Halcion and being unsuccessful
- Having financial or legal problems
With Halcion addiction, there are some things to keep in mind. First, with benzodiazepine addiction in general, it rarely happens with just one substance. Most people who misuse benzodiazepines also misuse or are addicted to other substances like alcohol or opioids. A polysubstance misuse problem has to be appropriately treated as part of Halcion rehab. There are also mental health considerations with many people who struggle with Halcion addiction. People may have underlying mental health conditions the drug was originally prescribed to treat, or the use of the drug can trigger something like anxiety or depression. There is also the physical element of dependence. Benzodiazepine dependence can cause serious withdrawal symptoms. Those symptoms have to be dealt with in a safe detox setting before a person can actually begin Halcion addiction treatment.
There are different Halcion addiction treatment and rehab options available. Most treatment programs include a combination of outpatient and inpatient options, as well as counseling and self-help groups. There may also be some medications prescribed to an individual to treat physical and mental symptoms. The objective of a Halcion addiction treatment program is to help the person get sober but also stay sober and avoid relapse in the future. The specific type of program a person participates in can depend on their behaviors and the extent of their addiction.
If someone has only been misusing Halcion for a short time and doesn’t have underlying mental health conditions, outpatient treatment may be sufficient. For someone who has been taking Halcion for a long time, the program may need to be more intensive. If there is a polysubstance misuse issue or mental health condition, Halcion addiction treatment rehab also needs to be more comprehensive. Most inpatient Halcion addiction treatment programs focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. The underlying causes of addiction may be addressed, as well as coping and behavioral strategies to use going forward. A Halcion addiction treatment program may also cover what to do if relapse does occur.
The most important thing to understand is that even with severe addiction, recovery is absolutely possible. Contact The Recovery Village to learn more about individualized treatment approaches we offer.
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