Signs of an Ambien Addiction
If you’re worried that you or someone you love is addicted to Ambien, you’ve done the right thing by coming here to research the problem. In case you’re wondering: Yes, you really can be addicted to Ambien, the short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic used commonly in the United States for treating insomnia and a select few brain disorders. While it’s not infamously addictive, some people do develop serious problems with the Ambien.
Dependence vs Addiction
Firstly, understand that these two conditions aren’t one in the same. Dependence paves way for addiction, but it doesn’t cause it directly. Addiction has to do with a cycle of tolerance and abuse. There are a lot of ways to abuse drugs, and you may not even realize you’re doing it.
For example, Ambien isn’t meant to be used for more than a few weeks straight. Those who use it as a long-term treatment for sleep disturbances are misusing their medication. After about a month of taking Ambien, the brain and central nervous system becomes dependent on zolpidem.
Signs of Addiction
Ambien addiction is rare compared to other sleep-aid drugs, but it happens. It’s also hard to detect. According to the DSM-IV, other telltale signs of Ambienaddiction include:
– using the drug for nonmedical purposes
– continued use despite negative consequences in life
– not being able to quit
– purchasing the drug illicitly
– psychological urges and cravings
– withdrawals symptoms when quitting
Treating Ambien Addiction
Like most drug addictions, Ambien addiction is treatable through detox, physical stabilization, and pharmacological and behavioral treatments. As zolpidem leaves the body, patients may experience withdrawal symptoms. This can be eased with a tapering plan worked out by a doctor.
After initial withdrawal period, patients should work with healthcare professionals to address anxiety, depression, and whatever issues may have been tied to the drug abuse. Medications like benzodiazepines and sedative-hypnotics may be recommended, too.
If you’re struggling with Ambien dependence, contact a physician immediately and call to learn about our treatment programs: (888) 744-9969