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Zolpidem Addiction Treatment Programs

Zolpidem is a hypnotic drug in the imidazopyridine class of drugs. It is sold under several brand names, including Ambien, Stilnox, and Sublinox. Zolpidem’s most common medical use is to initiate sleep, and some brain disorders can also be treated with this drug. It uses the same neurochemical receptors as benzodiazepines, so its effects are similar.

Zolpidem acts quickly and is eliminated from the body quickly. It typically takes effect within fifteen minutes and has an elimination half-life of three to four hours. Like many drugs, zolpidem has the potential for addiction, especially after long-term use. Find a zolpidem treatment center near you by contacting a qualified consultant at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? .

Signs That You Are Addicted to Zolpidem

The most common way people become addicted to zolpidem is by taking the drug as prescribed for a long period of time for the treatment of a medical condition. The use of zolpidem is generally contraindicated for continual use of more than six months. Some users also become addicted to zolpidem by taking it as a recreational drug, usually by crushing it into a fine powder and inhaling.

Physicians typically closely monitor a patient’s use of zolpidem for signs of addiction. The most obvious sign of zolpidem addiction is the patient requesting a refill before the scheduled refill date. This may indicate that the patient is taking more zolpidem than needed to treat the medical condition. Patients who become dependent on zolpidem may also engage in other drug-seeking behavior, such as doctor shopping and forging prescriptions.

The following symptoms are common signs of an addiction to zolpidem:

  • Amnesia while under the influence of zolpidem
  • Confusion after awakening from an episode of zolpidem use
  • Depression when not under the influence of zolpidem
  • Euphoria when taking zolpidem
  • Sleeping for long periods after taking zolpidem

Help for Zolpidem Addicts

The standard treatment for an addiction to zolpidem is rehabilitation. Treatment plans vary greatly in their specifics, although they generally have three phases: detoxification, psychological therapy, and aftercare. Zolpidem rehab is often covered by health insurance, although the exact coverage depends on the particular insurance plan. Those who need zolpidem addiction treatment should call their insurance companies for details on rehab coverage.

Detox Centers and Withdrawal Treatment

The detox phase of zolpidem treatment eliminates the patient’s physical dependence on the drug. This may be done slowly by gradually reducing the dosage of zolpidem or quickly by abruptly discontinuing the use of the drug. The primary disadvantage of rapid detox is that it can cause more severe withdrawal symptoms and requires medical supervision to ensure the withdrawal process is done safely.

Symptoms most often experienced during zolpidem withdrawal include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of motor control
  • Lightheadedness

Zolpidem withdrawal may also cause the following:

  • Body aches and pains
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Fever
  • Insomnia
  • Vivid dreams

Inpatient Zolpidem Rehab

The next stage of zolpidem abuse treatment is usually an inpatient program. The patient lives at the treatment facility full time and is generally not permitted to leave during this phase. The primary advantage of inpatient rehab is that it allows patients to concentrate on their recovery without distraction from their personal lives. Inpatients in a rehab facility typically live with other patients, allowing them to provide one another with mutual support during recovery. An inpatient rehab program lasts for a specific period of time, typically two to three months. The shortest duration is thirty days; and long-term inpatient programs are also available.

Intensive Outpatient Rehab

Zolpidem treatment centers may also provide outpatient programs that allow the patient to leave the center each day after completing a scheduled treatment session. A patient usually begins outpatient rehab after finishing an inpatient program. An outpatient program may also replace the inpatient phase of rehab when the patient has other commitments, such as working at a job or taking care of children. The most common durations for outpatient programs are from one and three months.

Aftercare/Addiction Counseling/Sober Living

An aftercare program may also be known as addiction counseling or a sober living program. Programs such as these provide a variety of services such as social networking and long-term therapy. Aftercare programs usually require patients to be sober for a certain period of time to ensure recovery is stable. They generally do not have a specific duration.

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

Those who are taking zolpidem as prescribed should contact their physicians immediately if they believe they are dependent on the drug. A physician may be able to lower the dosage while still allowing the zolpidem to be medically effective. A recreational user who is unable to abstain from using zolpidem voluntarily is likely to require professional help. Call a professional counselor at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? to find a local treatment center for zolpidem addiction.