Prescription sleep aids or “sleeping pills” are designed to help you fall asleep and stay asleep until the morning. Some sleep aids, like Xanax and Ativan, are prescribed because they help people stay asleep. These prescriptions are anti-anxiety medications. They can stop the circular thinking that some people experience when trying to sleep and induce drowsiness. For people who have trouble falling asleep, doctors may prescribe a pill like Ambien, which works to hasten the body to sleep. While both kinds of prescriptions work differently, both can be very habit-forming and even addictive.
Sleeping pills can create a variety of side effects. People taking sleeping pills may experience constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, tingling in appendages, changes in appetite and/or sex drive, dizziness, nausea, gas, heartburn, vivid dreams, shaking and headaches.
It is important to monitor these side effects and their severity so that you can seek treatment from a medical professional as needed. Just because these sleeping pills can cause these side effects does not mean that it is safe for you to be experiencing things like uncontrollable shaking, memory blackouts or frequent diarrhea. Treatment for sleeping pill addiction can help you get off the drugs safely while minimizing these effects.
If you decide to seek treatment for sleeping pills, the first phase of treatment will likely involve detoxification. Detoxification refers to the period when your body is readjusting to functioning without the medication you are addicted to at that time. This process can be physically and mentally exhausting. It is always best to experience the detox portion of addiction treatment under medical supervision. While getting off sleeping pills, detox may involve vomiting, fever, chills, diarrhea, severe headaches and abdominal pain, and agitation.
Rehabilitation will begin with a full medical assessment. Once it is determined that treatment is the right option for you, sleeping pill detox will begin the process. Following detox, you will go through inpatient treatment and eventually outpatient treatment. This system sends you on the road to recovery, living an addiction-free life.
Inpatient sleeping pill rehabilitation is best for people who are addicted to prescription sleeping pills. During inpatient treatment, you will experience detoxification in a safe, medically-supervised environment. You then can participate in fulfilling individual and group counseling sessions while you live at the treatment center. These sessions allow you to pinpoint the roots of your addiction and set goals for you in recovery.
Your privacy is respected completely, and it is important to note that inpatient treatment at The Recovery Village is completely confidential. Your health and happiness is our priority.
After completing inpatient treatment for sleeping pills, you will start the outpatient portion of treatment. During this time, you can live in the comfort of your own home. You will continue living your life in recovery and simply come in for individual and group therapy as scheduled. Our professionals will help you put together a schedule and treatment plan that works for you.
Outpatient treatment will be ongoing and is not something that should be short-lived. As you continue to work at your job and live at home, you may encounter new stressors, triggers or threats to your sobriety. Outpatient treatment allows you a safe space to deal with these oncoming hurdles to best protect your recovery.
Sleeping Pill Withdrawal And Detox
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