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Ambien Addiction Treatment Programs

Ambien is one of the brand names for zolpidem, with other brand names including Ambien CR, Sublinox, and Stilnox. Ambien belongs to the imidazopyridine class of drugs, which produces effects similar to those of benzodiazepines. It is primarily used to treat insomnia, but it is also used in the treatment of some brain disorders.

Ambien takes effect quickly, usually within fifteen minutes. It also has a short elimination half-life, which means that half the Ambien in a patient’s system will be eliminated within two to three hours. Although it is less habit-forming than many other medications, Ambien still has the potential for misuse. Call our trained consultants at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? to find an Ambien treatment center in your area if you or someone you love can’t stop using it.

Signs That You Are Addicted to Ambien

An addiction to Ambien can occur through two general paths. The first occurs when a patient takes the drug as prescribed for a medical condition over a long period, typically more than six months. Doctors are aware of Ambien’s potential for addiction and will normally monitor the patient’s usage closely. A patient who runs out of Ambien too soon may be taking the drug above the prescribed dose, which may indicate addiction.

Ambien addiction can also occur through recreational use, in which the user takes the drug specifically to achieve a euphoric effect. Recreational users often crush the pills into a powder and inhale it, which provides a much stronger effect. To enjoy the effect, users may also resist falling asleep. Some Ambien users also combine Ambien with alcohol to further enhance its effects. This practice is especially dangerous.

Signs of Ambien addiction include the following:

  • Mood swings from euphoria while on Ambien to depression while off the drug
  • Confusion, especially when waking up after having used Ambien
  • Memory loss while under the effects of Ambien
  • Swings in activity level, ranging from long periods of activity to long periods of sleep
  • Drug-seeking behavior such as obtaining Ambien through prescription forgery or doctor shopping

Help for Ambien Addicts

Rehabilitation is generally the recommended treatment for Ambien dependence. This type of treatment consists of several distinct phases, which provide a comprehensive approach. The phases of Ambien addiction treatment generally include detox, psychotherapeutic care, and aftercare. Health insurance plans typically provide some coverage for Ambien rehab, although you will need to contact your insurance provider to determine the specific coverage available for these treatment plans.

Detox Centers and Withdrawal Treatment

Detox is the first phase of Ambien rehab, and its goal is to end the patient’s physical dependence on the drug. As the patient stops taking Ambien, withdrawal symptoms often occur. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms generally increases with the amount of time the patient has been using Ambien. This means that the detox phase of rehab should usually take place under the supervision of a healthcare professional, especially for long-term users.

The most common withdrawal symptoms for Ambien include the following:

  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of coordination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Uncommon symptoms of Ambien withdrawal include the following:

  • Body pains
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual dreams
  • Fever
  • Flulike symptoms

Inpatient Ambien Rehab

An inpatient rehab program requires the patient to live at the facility full-time. Patients are usually housed with other patients who are also recovering from a dependence on Ambien or other drugs. Inpatient rehab is often more effective because patients receive at least one therapy session each day and have access to a therapist around the clock. These Ambien treatments have durations of at least thirty days, although programs with durations of sixty to ninety days are more common. Long-term treatment plans for Ambien addiction are also available.

Intensive Outpatient Rehab

An outpatient rehab program for Ambien abuse treatment involves the patient attending treatment during the day and residing elsewhere, usually in a residence or sober-living facility. These programs typically take place in a dedicated treatment center or a hospital setting. The greatest advantage of outpatient rehab is that it allows patients to obtain treatment with minimal impact on their lives; however, outpatient rehab is not suitable for patients with a high risk of relapse. Outpatient programs typically last for one to three months.

Aftercare / Addiction Counseling / Sober Living

Aftercare programs offer outpatient treatment as needed, typically after a patient has completed a formal rehab program. Patients are generally accepted into these programs only after they have abstained from Ambien for a minimum length of time. Ambien aftercare programs generally provide a range of clinical and social networking services to help the patient remain sober.

Choose to Quit Ambien Now / Stage an Intervention for a Loved One

The first step to ending a dependence on Ambien is to reduce the dosage or completely stop taking the drug if possible. You may be able to accomplish by discussing a reduction in your dosage with your doctor. A natural sleep remedy can be helpful for relieving the sleeping difficulty that typically occurs when you reduce your dosage of Ambien. If need be, you can locate Ambien treatment centers near you by calling a trained counselor at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? or find an interventionist to help someone abusing the drug.