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Sleeping Pill Abuse Help

Sleeping Pill Abuse HelpSleeping pills are among the easiest drugs for Austin residents to abuse. Claiming that one has difficulty getting to sleep will usually result in a sleeping pill prescription. Whether this claim is true or false, the use of sleeping pills can turn into abuse, dependence, and addiction if the user and his doctor and community are not very careful to monitor his use of these drugs.

Types of Sleeping Pills

There are many kinds of sleep aids that work on different parts of the nervous system. Some of the most familiar include the following:

  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Rohypnol, Ativan, Seresta)
  • Nonbenzodiazepines (Lunesta, Ambien, Sonata, Imovane)
  • Barbiturates (Phenobarbital, Secobarbital)

When taken according to a doctor’s instructions for an appropriate length of time, sleeping pill addiction is not a serious concern. However, the use of sleeping pills tends to escalate. Austin residents who do not carefully monitor their dosage are in danger of developing an addiction.

Effects of Sleeping Pill Addiction

Depending on the kind of sleeping pill one has begun to abuse, the effects can vary. Benzodiazepine abuse can cause the following side effects:

  • Confused thoughts
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of motor coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Respiratory depression

Nonbenzodiazepine abuse can cause symptoms including the following:

  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nightmares

Barbiturate abuse can cause the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Judgment and coordination deficiencies resembling intoxication
  • Coma

Another negative effect of such addiction is the gradual worsening of the original sleep disorder, called “rebound insomnia”; no amount of the sleeping aid will help this condition. Users who drastically up their doses in a vain effort to combat this phenomenon fill their bodies with toxic levels of sleeping pills. Overdose on any of these drugs is potentially lethal; many high-profile users have died over the years from the misuse of hypnotics such as the drugs mentioned above (especially barbiturates, whose prescriptions are falling out of common use).

Recovery Treatment for Austin Residents Addicted to Sleeping Pill

Sometimes a user’s dependence on these drugs becomes so serious that residential therapy is his best option for achieving full recovery. You can learn more about the residential treatment programs and addiction recovery services that are available to Austin residents by calling our toll-free helpline. Our experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about sleeping pill addiction and recovery treatment. Recovery is attainable; call us today and let us help you begin your journey toward wellness.