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Sedatives and Hypnotic Drugs Are Depressants: Here’s What You Need to Know

Sedative, Hypnotic, and Anxiolytic use disorders all stem from substances which are classified as depressants- meaning these particular addictive substances depress the central nervous system, making accidental overdoses all too common and fairly easy. Many sedatives and hypnotic drugs fall into different drug classifications spanning hallucinogens and opiates. More accurately, many of the drugs dominating this classification of addictive substances are benzodiazepines and barbiturates. Discerning which exact substance one has an addiction to is critical in administering the right treatment to stave off accidental overdose and other permanent physical and psychological damage.

Among the most commonly abused sedatives and hypnotic addictive substances are as follows:

  • Seconal (secobarbital)
  • Nembutal (pentobarbital)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Quaalude
  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Lorazepam

When used as intended, depressants help patients quell unruly anxiety disorders, treat sleep conditions, and are sometimes used in surgery as sedatives for procedures. Use of these powerful drugs is exceedingly dangerous, as their potency easily causes overdoses, which can be fatal. Using sedatives recreationally severely compromises your central nervous system, making you more vulnerable to physical complications, and impedes your ability to think clearly and respond to physical danger. These addictive substances develop a tolerance within the body quickly, and force those who use depressants recreationally to increase their dosage consumption to achieve the same state of euphoria, as compared to the first exposure to sedatives.

As tolerance for sedatives and hypnotics begins to take hold, physical dependence almost assuredly begins to develop soon after, making it necessary for one to enroll in sedative and hypnotic addiction treatment to unbraid the physical and psychological addiction to depressants. Many begin experimenting with depressant drugs in an attempt to self medicate for anxiety, social disorders, manic depression, and antisocial disorders.

Symptoms of Sedative and Hypnotic Drug Use

Even before addiction to depressants is cemented, getting help with sedatives and hypnotic addiction treatment during the initial phases of substance abuse can help drug users avoid chronic addiction altogether, cut costs of treatment, and avoid irrevocable physical and psychological damage stemming from wanton drug use. Depending on the specific substance abused, the symptoms may vary, but there are some general symptoms most depressants exhibit in their users which can help you identify a problem within yourself or a loved one.

Even though depressants may be popular among your coterie of friends, it’s important to know the dangers and detriments depressants can do to you and your loved ones. In fact, drug use is often a sign of underlying issues- by getting sedatives and hypnotic addiction treatment, you’ll be able to address the traumas and overlooked causes of addiction from the source, and stop using altogether.

To help you identify the symptoms of sedative and hypnotic drug use refer to the list below:

  • Profuse Sweating
  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Hand Tremors
  • Auditory and Visual Hallucinations
  • Chronic Anxiety
  • Grand Mal Seizures
  • Delirium
  • Involuntary Eye Movements (nystagmus)

Additional signs of prolonged use may manifest depressive disorders, unpredictable mood swings, suicide attempts, and botched performance in professional and academic environments. Users of intravenous depressant use are particularly susceptible to deadly communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. The recent spikes in deaths resulting from these diseases make getting immediate addiction treatment imperative.

Did You Know?

Alcohol is also a depressant- but because of the innumerable cases of alcohol use disorders, alcohol is considered in a classification of its own.

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Withdrawal from Sedatives and Hypnotic Drugs

Akin to other substance use disorders, which are allowed to crown to full blown addiction, sedative and hypnotic substances develop a physical dependence with use over time. Exhibiting withdrawal symptoms is a sure fire way to tell if one is physically addicted to a substance or not.

It’s imperative those who are suffering from withdrawal (and addiction) receive professional sedative and hypnotic addiction treatment immediately. Withdrawal is sometimes complicated by preexisting medical conditions which can be fatal. To prevent death and other medical quandaries, getting help from an accredited addiction treatment center is necessary.

Below are the symptoms of withdrawal from sedatives and hypnotic drugs:

  • Delirium
  • Abnormal Heart Rate (increased)
  • Fast Paced Breathing
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Inability to Relax
  • Insomnia

Some medical professionals and fragmented studies assert sedatives and similar addictive substances may have a hand in creating mental health disorders. Although these findings are not entirely inclusive sedatives and hypnotic drugs may be partially responsible for the subsequent development of the following conditions after suffering from untreated addiction to sedatives and hypnotic drugs:

  • Dementia
  • Amnestic Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Insomnia

Treatment for Sedative Hypnotic Addiction

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Thankfully there are many effective treatment options to help those with sedative and hypnotic use disorders. Treating any substance use disorder early on is critical for optimal betterment of both physical and mental health. In the event addiction is not treated in the beginning stages, permanent physical and mental damage is possible. Despite this, treatment of long term addiction is often successful with the right professional sedatives and hypnotic addiction treatment.

Treatment programs typically include a mandatory detoxification period, wherein recovering users and addicts are treated for the symptoms of withdrawal with medically assisted drug treatment, ensuring patients are not in undue discomfort, and are easily able to cope with the physical stress of withdrawal, and stave off the cravings associated with cease of use. During drug detoxification clients of Harbor Village Detox will receive instrumental intensive and group therapy early on, to solidify the foundation continuing addiction treatment will be built upon- unlike most addiction treatment facilities.

After drug detoxification, patients continue recovery progress by enrolling in inpatient residential care. During this time, patients will work extensively with addiction counselors to help redress the underlying causes of addiction and develop new, healthy habits to prevent relapse after treatment.

Short term drug users, and those who have completed inpatient drug rehab, opt for outpatient rehab to help solidify the techniques and coping strategies learned during inpatient rehabilitation. Outpatient rehab allows patients to return home every day, thus keeping familial, professional, and academic commitments, while still receiving hands-on addiction treatment for sedatives and hypnotic substances.

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