Ambien Detox Program
What is Ambien?
Ambien is a prescription medication that is used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. The pharmaceutical name for Ambien is zolpidem, and it is classified as a sedative-hypnotic type of drug. The purpose of sedative-hypnotic medications is to slow down the central nervous system responses, which helps people to feel less anxious and sleepy.
Ambien is often compared to benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin), because of how similar it affects the same brain chemicals that are responsible for interrupting sleep and causing anxiety. Ambien is not a benzodiazepine but has been labeled a Z-drug. Getting off Ambien safely can be tricky, but a medical detox makes the process smooth and comfortable.
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The Federal Food and Drug Administration FDA cautions the public about the risks associated with taking Z-drugs like Ambien. There have been numerous instances of people sleepwalking and or driving while taking Ambien or other Z-drugs and causing a fatal accident to occur. The FDA does, however, recognize the effectiveness of Z-drugs for helping regulate a sleep disorder.
Prescription-only “Z-drugs” work by slowing activity in the brain. Used properly, they can help you sleep. Quality sleep can have a positive impact on physical and mental health. But the treatments also carry the risk—though rare—of serious injuries, and even death. (FDA)
Why is Ambien Addictive?
Ambien is addictive for some people because they may develop a tolerance to their medication and require more of it to achieve the desired effects. For people who are prescribed Ambien longer than two weeks to help reverse a sleep disorder, they can develop a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance is the first symptom of abuse or addiction. The second symptom of addiction to Ambien is increasing the dose without medical supervision. What this means is that if a person has a prescription for Ambien but notices that the amount prescribed each night no longer helps them sleep, they take a second dose or more to sleep. Increasing the dosage of Ambien without doctor’s instruction indicates abuse and addiction. Another reason Ambien is addictive is that it is often combined with other substances. Intentionally taking Ambien with alcohol or other drugs for the effects is evident in addictive behaviors.
Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms
The most prominent withdrawal symptoms that occur for people who are addicted to Ambien is an inability to sleep without Ambien. However, the withdrawal symptoms can further develop if the person was using Ambien at high doses and for an extended amount of time. Many people who are addicted to Ambien have relied on it for sleep and to alter their mood for many years. Therefore, their withdrawal symptoms can be much more severe than just not being able to sleep.
Researchers who published an article with the National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health, note the Ambien withdrawal symptoms, are likely to mirror the severity of benzodiazepine withdrawal, in a small but relevant population. Additionally, they point out that the withdrawal symptoms begin within one or two days after a person stops taking Ambien.
The withdrawal symptoms of zolpidem reported in less than 1% of the subjects appear within 48 hours of discontinuation…Abrupt cessation then leads to a withdrawal syndrome that mimics benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. (NCBI)
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms that can also appear for people who are addicted to Ambien include:
It is critical to understand that although Ambien detox symptoms are less likely to cause a seizure to occur, which is more common during benzodiazepine detoxification, the concern is still present. Therefore, it is never recommended that anyone who is addicted to Ambien attempt to stop using it without professional help.
Safe Ambien Detoxification
Evoke Florida offers a specialized detox program for people who are dependent or addicted to Ambien and other sleeping pills. Our Evoke Florida Ambien detox program allows clients to rest while receiving medications to help them easily detox Ambien from their system. Since Ambien addiction often lasts for several months or years, the detoxification time frame lasts upwards from two to three weeks or more. During sleeping pill detox, all clients are monitored around the clock and assessed for other mental health diagnoses.
Many people who have become addicted to Ambien also suffer from undiagnosed anxiety, panic disorder, depression, and other treatable mental health conditions. Our Florida Ambien detox centers are overseen by medical doctors and psychiatrists who specialize in addiction and directly assess each client during their detox program. All clients are encouraged to attend one of our substance abuse treatment programs that are designed especially for Ambien and other sedative addiction.