Sedatives are a class of addictive substances that can lead to a lifestyle of active addiction. Without the help needed to detox safely from these substances, many do not receive the recovery necessary for obtaining a life of recovery. However, here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we have experience and expertise in helping individuals safely detox from sedatives so they may go on to treatment. And, get the recovery they need to live a life of sobriety and wellbeing.
Exploring what Sedatives are and How They’re Used
Sedatives, also known as depressants, are known for their ability to slow down the central nervous system. And, as a result, can lead to debilitating and life-threatening health issues. There are a few different classifications of sedatives which include:
Benzodiazepines: Otherwise known as “benzos”, these types of sedatives are prescribed to individuals diagnosed with anxiety and seizures. However, they are routinely abused recreationally and are extremely habit-forming. Because of their effects on the nervous system, benzos can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms for those who have developed dependence. These withdrawal symptoms can include seizures, convulsions, coma, and even death. So, it’s extremely important that individuals struggling with a benzo addiction get proper, medical care for the length of detox.
Barbiturates: This prescription substance is available to treat insomnia and anxiety. But mostly, it’s offered to patients diagnosed with epilepsy. Because they provide a high-like effect similar to alcohol, barbiturates are often abused. And, this abuse can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Unfortunately, those who become dependent upon barbiturates routinely place themselves at risk for overdose. Furthermore, they expose themselves to the dangers of overdose which include seizures, coma, and even death.
Hypnotics (prescription): Hypnotics, also called tranquilizers, are used to treat sleep disorders like insomnia. They work by slowing down the body’s central nervous system to promote drowsiness and sleep, much like benzodiazepines. When hypnotic-sedatives are not taken as prescribed or taken without a prescription, addictive behaviors can ensue. And, because of their likeness and even inclusion of benzodiazepines, can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of Sedative Abuse, Dependence, and Withdrawal
Basically, sedatives should only be used as prescribed by a physician. If someone is not taking their sedative prescription as instructed or taking sedative medications without a prescription, they are abusing these substances. Another sign of abuse is tolerance. This means that after taking these prescriptions for a while, the body requires more of the substance to provide the same effects.
It’s never advised that a person abusing or even using sedative prescriptions attempt to quit cold turkey. This is because once the body becomes dependent on these substances, it reacts adversely when they’re taken away. And, the withdrawal symptoms that can occur as a result are dangerous without medical supervision. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we understand the dangers of withdrawing from sedative medications. This is why we provide medications to outpatient detox patients to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. And, make the detox process more comfortable to increase the chance of full recovery success.
Ready to break free from a life of dependency to sedatives? Contact us today.