More than 30 million adults in the U.S. abuse sedatives. In fact, that number is up from recent years which mean that the number of individuals in need of treatment is also higher. Understanding what to expect during sedative abuse detox treatment, will help to take the first step toward recovery.
Sedative Abuse and Risk for Dependency
Sedatives are prescription substances that reduce anxiety and induce sleep and relaxation. Sedatives are central nervous system depressants and they function by affecting the GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) neurotransmitter and slowing down brain activity.
In the past, physicians relied on prescription drugs called barbiturates; however those drugs were shown to be dangerous. Today doctors prescribe benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin.
Depending on the severity of dependency to sedatives, most people begin to experience the side effects of withdrawal within a few hours after the last time the drug was taken. The intensity of sedative withdrawal symptoms will vary, again depending on the severity of use; however most people experience:
- Excessive sweating
- Blurred vision
- Aggressive behavior
Individuals who quit taking sedatives suddenly or cold turkey may experience a condition known as “Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome” which includes vivid and horrific nightmares, anxiety, convulsion and death.
Sedative Abuse Detox Treatment
The best way to stop using sedatives is with the help of an inpatient medical detox treatment. You can expect a sedative abuse detox treatment to last from seven to ten days and in some cases it may take a little longer.
Inpatient medical detox treatment is available through a hospital program or a private facility. The method used during the detoxification will make a difference in the level of comfort and the ability to manage withdrawal symptoms, but it can also impact long-term recovery.
Traditional hospital detox programs rely on oral medications that a certain amount of time for the body to process and assimilate, during which time the individual is left to endure the side effects of withdrawal without medication.
Reports show that when patients are uncomfortable, they are more likely to walk out of the treatment before it is complete and in most cases they return to their sedative use just to find relief.
An alternative to hospital detox is IV therapy medical detox from a private facility. Intravenous therapy is immediate because the medication is delivered directly into the blood stream. The result is that patients remain comfortable throughout detoxification and are able to successfully complete the process. Studies have shown that when patients have a positive detox experience they are more likely to be successful in recovery.
Are you worried about what to expect during sedative abuse detox treatment? Gallus Detox Center is a private inpatient facility that specializes in IV therapy medical detox. Call us today at 855-338-6929 for a confidential consultation with our admission team. Help is here!