Ambien is a prescription sleep aid chemically similar to benzodiazepines. As one of the fastest acting treatments for insomnia, it usually works within 15 minutes. Unfortunately, its effectiveness in initiating sleep is also one of the properties that make it addictive. In recent years, the FDA has required manufacturers to cut dosage sizes to reduce impairment. Some of the long-term dangers of Ambien, even when used per a physician's recommendation, include tolerance, dependence, rebound insomnia, and damage to the central nervous system.
The Dangers of Ambien Addiction
When misused, Ambien can have severe side effects. These include headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, memory loss, and other issues. Ambien overdoses can lead to excessive sleepiness, pin-point pupils, and respiratory problems, which can cause comas or death. Ambien withdrawal typically starts within a few hours of the last dose and can last as long as four weeks. Withdrawal symptoms include abdominal cramps, dysphoria, psychosis, and panic attacks. People with a history of substance abuse have an increased risk of becoming addicted to Ambien, even on reduced doses.
People who use Ambien, even with a prescription, often experience drowsiness eight hours after a dose, increasing the risk of traffic accidents. Ambien can increase the severity of acid reflux disease, leading to esophageal cancer. In some cases, Ambien can increase the risk of sleep walking – in 2007, a generic version of Ambien contributed to a sleepwalking death in Australia. Finally, pregnant women using Ambien also have an increased risk of fetal loss.
Treating Ambien Addiction
The View provides luxury detox and stabilization for clients that suffer from Ambien addiction. Clients can participate in individual therapy, group psychotherapy, and stress reduction groups. Common treatments for Ambien addiction include cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational therapy. Clients are welcome to enjoy The View's luxury amenities for the duration of their treatment.
The View provides CBT, DBT, and EMDR as additional services to help our clients. Additionally, we offer clients other, safer treatment that can potentially help alleviate their Ambien addiction. EMDR may also help address traumatic memories that contribute to insomnia.
Get Help At The View Today
If you or a loved one are suffering from Ambien addiction, give us a call at (877) 310-4343 to get help today. Our caring and professional staff, one-on-one attention for clients, and facilities set us apart from other centers in the Los Angeles area.