Sleeping pills may not make hot news stories, but they do contribute to a growing problem for American adults. Three times as many people had entered benzodiazepine and triazolam recovery programs in 2008 than just a decade earlier, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Virtually, all of these men and women admitted to abusing other substances as well.
Are Sleeping Pills Really Dangerous?
When used properly, triazolam (HalcionR) and other sedatives help people fall asleep and stay asleep on a short-term basis. They slow activity in the brain and thus counteract insomnia. The National Institutes of Health does not recommend taking triazolam, also known by the brand name Halcion, for more than a week or two.
Even though triazolam does have side effects, e.g., memory impairment, the real danger comes when a person does not use the prescription drug as intended. Such inappropriate uses include but may not be limited to the following:
- Taking triazolam with alcohol or other sedative-hypnotics, which can increase the risk of overdose and dependence
- Taking some pills and then trying to stay awake, which can result in sleep-driving or doing other activities that the individual cannot remember afterward
- Using this drug while depressed, which can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions
- Taking a higher dose of the drug than the one prescribed or recommended. Ingesting just 2 milligrams of triazolam, which is four times the maximum recommended dose, can lead to slurred speech, confusion, trouble breathing, coma and even death
Prescription sleeping pills can be harmful when used incorrectly. If you believe you have a problem with triazolam use, do not wait until the worst happens before you seek help. Dial 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? to reach a trained professional who can answer your questions and guide you through your rehab and recovery treatment options.
What Is Triazolam Addiction?
Because triazolam is a powerful sleep aid, the risk of dependency or addiction is no less high. Dependency happens when the body has taken on so much of the sedative for so long that it can no longer function normally without it. This dependency can occur within just two weeks of the first triazolam dose, even when taken solely as prescribed. When a dependent person stops taking triazolam, either by force or by choice, uncomfortable side effects may manifest. These withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Muscle pain and cramping
- Trouble getting to sleep
- Waking up in the middle of the night
- Seeing or hearing things that are not really there
- Anxious or panicky feelings during waking hours
Addiction involves changes to the brain that may manifest in the addict as:
- An inability to quit taking triazolam even after multiple attempts
- Repeated intake of this prescription drug, typically in increasingly higher doses and in inappropriate settings
- Continued use regardless of side effects, emotional disturbances, legal troubles or relationship problems
- A compulsion to obtain the drug by whatever methods and regardless of the consequences, such as through doctor shopping, stealing, lying or buying drugs off the street
If you or someone you love shows any of these signs, you should immediately seek help from a qualified addiction recovery program and facility. Call 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? to talk over your situation with a confidential counselor.
What Happens in a Triazolam Treatment Facility?
Residential rehab helps patients who have not improved through outpatient therapy or who suffer from severe or complex addiction symptoms. This type of therapeutic community offers stability, focus, support and around-the-clock monitoring for individuals who are likely to succumb to drug use quickly. Stays range from a few weeks to 90 days or more. The only way to discover how long you will need to be in treatment is to talk with professionals at a facility.
Like hospital-based triazolam rehabilitation programs, residential programs focus on four goals:
- Keep the patient away from harm. People who suffer from severe triazolam withdrawal may be placed in quiet, single rooms to reduce insomnia, which is a common side effect for the first few nights. Since benzodiazepine users are twice as likely to require detox as other drug users, according to SAMHSA, residential clinics are equipped to handle these needs. Residents receive detoxification services to remove hazardous substances from their systems, improve the ability to function coherently and reduce the risk of switching to another addictive drug.
- Patients participate in group and individual counseling to help them explore and discover the underlying causes of their addiction as well as any drug-seeking behaviors or triggering events that may prompt cravings.
- Any barriers to recovery are removed, such as homelessness, unemployment, criminal history, family troubles, emotional difficulties or lack of a support network. If a patient suffers from multiple medical disorders or several addictions, all of these issues are addressed within a single supportive space.
- Finally, a long-term plan for recovery is established. This process may include occasional check-ins with treatment center staff, ongoing outpatient therapy, entering a halfway house or joining community support groups.
“The only way to discover how long you will need to be in treatment is to talk with professionals at a facility.”
Do not let this sedative-hypnotic addiction get in the way of your happiness. Call 1-888-319-2606 Who Answers? to speak to a private advisor at any time of the night or day and to receive guidance in locating a triazolam recovery center that can help you get past your addiction.
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