Prosom, also sold under the generic name estazolam, is classified as a benzodiazepine. Prosom, or estazolam, is usually given to patients who struggle with insomnia. It affects GABA in the brain and helps calm neural activity, which can cause feelings of relaxation and drowsiness in users. Estazolam comes with the warning that it can be habit-forming. The risk of physical dependence is also possible.
Like other benzodiazepines, such as the widely-prescribed Xanax, Prosom does have the potential to be addictive. Taking a benzodiazepine can trigger a sense of euphoria or a pleasant sense of well-being. That response in the brain can activate the reward system. When the brain’s reward system is triggered, it wants to continue seeking out that stimuli. The result can be an addiction. Addiction to any substance is characterized by symptoms such as compulsive drug-seeking behaviors and the inability to stop using, even when someone wants to quit.
Physical dependence is distinct from addiction. Not all drugs can cause physical dependence, but Prosom can. When someone uses Prosom, especially for more than a few weeks, their body may become dependent on its presence. The body then stops functioning the way it did before becoming dependent on Prosom. For example, the brain may slow or stop its own production of the neurotransmitter GABA. When someone stops using Prosom suddenly, the drug’s absence from the body may trigger symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms occur when the body is trying to normalize itself. Benzodiazepines can have severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures.
It’s important for people to seek Prosom addiction treatment and rehab if they struggle with this medication. Long-term use of benzodiazepines can lead to other side effects in addition to addiction and withdrawal. Many people who are long-term benzodiazepine users may experience an overall deterioration in their mental and physical health. Some of the long-term effects of Prosom addiction can include cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, loss of sex drive, and problems experiencing feelings.
Prosom addiction treatment and rehab should address both the mental disease of the addiction as well as the physical dependence. First, a Prosom addiction treatment program should include detox. During a medically-supervised detox, a person can safely and comfortably go through withdrawal. During detox, a patient may be gradually tapered off Prosom to avoid severe symptoms, such as seizures. A team of medical professionals can also provide different medications and treatments to help the patient be more successful during detox. Fully detoxing is required before moving on to the rest of treatment.
Prosom addiction treatment can include an inpatient or outpatient program. Whether or not patients do an inpatient program usually depends on the extent of their addiction, whether they have any other substance use problems, and if they have underlying mental health conditions. Addiction treatment needs to address all of these things. Usually, Prosom addiction treatment will include a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy at the individual level, as well as group therapy. There also supplemental therapies and activities included as part of many Prosom addiction treatment and rehab programs. In addition to dealing with the underlying components of addiction, patients will learn coping skills to help them avoid future relapse. A Prosom addiction treatment program will also include comprehensive aftercare planning.
A patient who opts for outpatient Prosom addiction treatment will usually attend intensive meetings throughout the week, but that person will not live in a facility during that time. Outpatient addiction treatment is usually best for patients who haven’t previously gone through rehab, or who may have a milder addiction. Outpatient Prosom addiction treatment does provide more flexibility for patients to continue their daily lives. This can be appealing to some people, but people struggling with long-term or severe addictions may need to remove themselves from their current environment and triggers.
If you’re struggling with Prosom addiction, or if you have a loved one who has a substance use disorder, contact The Recovery Village. We offer a variety of customized programs to help people deal with the physical, mental and lifestyle aspects of addiction.
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