Treatment for Ambien Addiction in Arizona
Freeing You From Harmful Drug Dependencies in Arizona
Ambien is the brand-name version of zolpidem, which is a sedative-hypnotic drug that slows brain function and induces sleep. When used correctly, Ambien is unlikely to cause addiction, but many people develop physical and psychological dependencies.
If you are struggling with Ambien addiction, you are not alone. Decision Point Center is here for you.
Although Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotic, it affects gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitters in your brain in a similar way to benzodiazepines (benzos) like Xanax. Ambien is used to treat insomnia, but it is meant for short-term use.
Over time, your body can become accustomed to Ambien, which causes the drug to work less well. This is called tolerance, and it can lead to people taking larger doses of Ambien and becoming addicted. Once people start taking 10 or 20 pills per day, they may discover a relaxing “high” and use Ambien for more than just insomnia. When taken too often or in high doses, Ambien can become habit-forming.
As with any addictive medication, those with a family history of addiction or an addiction to other drugs are most susceptible.
Remember: addiction is a disease and there is a treatment. Call us at (844) 292-5010 to find out more.
Some people abuse Ambien by combining it with other drugs or alcohol. Others take the drug and then stay up on purpose to experience a “trip,” or eliminate feelings of insecurity or anxiety. Using Ambien recreationally or without a prescription is a sign of Ambien addiction and can lead to drug overdose and other serious complications.
If you or someone you love is misusing Ambien, discuss your situation with our admissions professionals today.
Ambien Side Effects
Even if someone takes Ambien correctly and according to their prescription, the drug can still negatively impact their life. The Ambien label warns against “abnormal thinking” and “strange behavior,” and many people find themselves sleepwalking or acting out their unconscious desires.
While this can be harmless in some situations, it can be extremely dangerous in others. For example, some people drive motor vehicles or engage in sexual activity while they are asleep. In some cases, people eat non-food items or commit crimes. In one famous criminal lawsuit, a man murdered 8 people while he was under the influence of Ambien and legally asleep.
Other side effects of Ambien include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Behavioral changes
- Suicidal thoughts
- Aggressive behavior
These side effects can become more severe over time and often coincide with addiction. If you are concerned, consider quitting or seeking help.
Sleep disorders can indicate an underlying mental or physical condition. If someone is suffering from anxiety or depression and takes Ambien to treat the symptom of insomnia, for example, they may seek other solutions from the drug and increase their risk of addiction.
Addiction is rarely about the drug in question and frequently about the feelings the person taking drugs may be trying to mask.
That’s why we offer holistic recovery programs at Decision Point Center.
Signs of Ambien Addiction
If you or someone you love is taking excessive amounts of Ambien, they may experience changes to their behavior or mood, nausea and vomiting, and/or hallucinations.
Some common signs of Ambien addiction are as follows:
- Taking larger doses than prescribed
- Craving Ambien
- Refilling prescriptions before they run out
- Seeing more than one doctor or needing constant refills
- Spending large amounts of money on Ambien
- Appearing fatigued or intoxicated often
- Talking about Ambien or being too private about Ambien use
- Engaging in dangerous situations without remembering them
- Isolating from family and friends
- Prioritizing Ambien use over responsibilities and loved ones
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms or getting sick without Ambien
For help with prescription drug addiction, please contact Decision Point Center.
Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms
Individuals who have been taking Ambien in high doses for an extended period of time may experience severe withdrawal symptoms within as little as 48 hours after stopping or cutting back on Ambien use. These symptoms may include:
- Panic attacks
- High blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
Why Choose Us?
Decision Point Center is a fully licensed drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility. We combine traditional therapies with modern, medically accepted techniques to get to the heart of substance abuse disorders and help people get and stay sober.
Our team has been changing lives since 2004 and we accept most major insurance policies. At Decision Point Center, we see drug addiction for what it is – a chronic disease – not something to be ashamed of.
We teach you life skills and healthy coping mechanisms, so you can manage your disease for the rest of your days and deal with other negative situations in the future.