Barbiturates are depressants that are used in the medical field as a method to reduce the risk of seizures in patients who experience them. In the past, barbiturates were commonly prescribed to patients dealing with anxiety and insomnia. However, because of their dangers, they have been widely replaced with alternative medications, like benzodiazepines. But, although their use isn’t as widespread as previous years, barbiturates can and still lead to the development of dependence and, in turn, addictive behaviors.
Exploring what Barbiturates are and How They’re Used
Doctors have been prescribing barbiturates since the beginning of the 1900s. Because these medications are central nervous system depressants, they were first described to treat neurosis and insomnia. However, because these drugs can lead to physical dependence, they lead to withdrawal when the drug is no longer used. Whether barbiturates are taken recreationally or under the direction of a physician, these withdrawal symptoms can lead to serious medical issues like seizures and convulsions. So, because of these dangers, it’s important to go about detoxing from barbiturates in a safe, medical environment. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we offer medically-assisted detox for those struggling with a dependence to barbiturates. This way, individuals can get the guided, safe detox they need.
Symptoms of Barbiturate Abuse, Dependence, and Withdrawal
Dependence occurs with long-term use of barbiturates. A barbiturate dependence happens when the body reacts adversely without the presence of the drug. Symptoms of a barbiturate dependence may include:
- Mood swings
- Loss of memory
- Impaired judgment
- Intense objections/temper tantrums
- Self-harming behaviors
- Destruction of material possessions
- Lying, manipulation, & avoidance behaviors
One of the most defining characteristics of a barbiturate dependence is withdrawal. When a person who is physically dependent upon a substance stops taking the substance for whatever reason, they experience withdrawal symptoms. Basically, these symptoms are the result of the body adapting to the substance and reacting adversely when it’s not present. Those who are dependent upon a barbiturate may experience withdrawal symptoms that include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- High fever
- Sweats/body chills
- Mood disorders
Barbiturate Detox at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services
Barbiturates are one of the most dangerous drugs to detox from because of the possible withdrawal symptoms that occur. This means that it is extremely important that those taking barbiturates seek professional medical help when detoxing from these medications. That’s why we offer a medical approach to outpatient detox. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we help individuals establish a healthy and safe way to detox from their barbiturates from home. This way, individuals can continue with home, work, and schooling obligations while beginning on their road to recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with a dependency on barbiturate medications, we can help. Give us a call today at (925) 289-1430 to speak with an experienced addiction specialist about our barbiturate detox program.