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Sleeping Pill Addiction

Sleeping Pill Addiction

Most adults, at some point in their lives, may experience insomnia. With the number of adults reaching 60 million, it is becoming a major problem here in America.
Insomnia occurs when a person is unable to fall asleep and stay asleep. These individuals wake up several times a night and are unable to fall back asleep. Many of these individuals turn to sleeping pills to cure their insomnia and may one day form a sleeping pill addiction.
There are several kinds of sleeping pills that can be found over the counter, and several that are prescribed by doctors. The most prescribed sleeping pill is Lunesta. This drug can be highly addictive, and is commonly abused. Interestingly enough, studies have shown that this drug can cause rebound-insomnia, when used for a long period of time. Addicts may crush several Lunesta pills and snort them, in order to achieve a euphoric effect. Using large amounts of sleeping pills can cause damage to the body and even death.
Ambien is another popular sleeping pill available by prescription. This sleeping pill is a more potent medication, and will induce a very deep sleep. Sleep-walking has been reported by individuals who use Ambien. This can be dangerous and life-threatening, which is why doctors will only prescribe sleeping pills as a last resort. Doctors will try all conservative treatments first.

Sleeping pill addiction

Chronic use of sleeping pills may result in the body’s dependence on the drug. When an individual takes a large dose for a long period of time, the body will develop a tolerance to it. The user will then increase their dosage in order to obtain the desired effect. This is when addiction comes into play.
There are three main symptoms of sleeping pill addiction that one should look out for:

  • The addict will have an uncontrollable desire to take and obtain sleeping pills.
  • The addict will constantly obsess over the sleeping pills.
  • The addict will be spending an inordinate amount of money on sleeping pills.

There are several mental and physical symptoms of a sleeping pill addiction to look out for:

  • Sensitivity to sounds and emotions
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Poor performance in work and/or school
  • Lifestyle neglect
  • Ongoing cough
  • Red eyes

Sleeping pill addiction withdrawal

Individuals who use sleeping pills over a long period of time, and then suddenly stops, will experience many unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Some of these symptoms include:

  • Vivid dreams
  • Shaky feet and hands
  • Twitching
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety

In severe cases, withdrawal from sleeping pills can cause seizures, hallucinations, and death.

Sleeping pill abuse treatment
Sleeping pill addiction should be treated with a total detox from the drug. A medical professional may recommend slowly tapering off of the drug first. Detoxification treatment should be completed at an in-patient or out-patient rehabilitation center. Medical professions recommend that detox be done under 24 hour medical supervision, as the withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe.
Rehab centers provide individuals with a safe detox environment. If you (or someone you know) may be addicted to sleeping pills, seek help immediately.

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