Barbiturate Detox

Gallus Medical Detox leads the industry in medical barbiturate detox. Using our proprietary IV and oral medication protocol, we are able to keep patients comfortable while transitioning them off of of barbiturates. Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, and even dangerous, so it is important to undergo detox with the medical supervision of experienced health care providers at a reputable treatment center.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to barbiturates or another substance, reach out to Gallus Medical Detox. Our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have about barbiturate withdrawal, our addiction treatment options and detox process.

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What Are Barbiturates?

Barbiturates (also known as barbs or downers) are a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics that acts as central nervous system depressants. They are primarily prescribed to treat sleep and anxiety disorders but have also been used in mental health settings to treat psychosis or catatonia, to produce sedation pre-operatively, and to treat seizures.

Commonly used barbiturates include phenobarbital (Luminal), phenobarbital sodium (Nembutal), butalbital (Fiorinal and Fioricet), amobarbital (Amytal), and secobarbital (Seconal). The main difference between the barbiturates is how long their effects last; some last for only a few minutes and others for up to two days.

Like other sedatives, barbiturates slow down the central nervous system, resulting in relaxation, increased drowsiness, relief from muscle spasms, and seizure prevention. Due to their highly addictive nature, and potentially fatal effects at high doses, they are seldom prescribed today.

The side effects of barbiturate abuse include: impaired memory, dizziness, irritability, slurred speech, slowed reflexes, nausea, lack of inhibition, extreme drowsiness. In extreme cases and excessive use, a person may experience a coma and may stop breathing.


How do I know if I need barbiturate detox?

The effects of substance abuse disorders for barbiturates are wide-ranging and potentially fatal. Barbiturates are highly addictive and very difficult to withdraw from without professional medical detox. Individuals who attempt to barbiturate withdrawal without professional treatment may experience a range of barbiturate withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, difficulty sleeping, hallucinations, and more.

Common barbiturate detox and withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Seizures
  • Irritability
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • High temperature
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Severe agitation

Signs of barbiturate abuse include:

  • Altered or decreased consciousness
  • Coordination problems and muscle weakness
  • Clouded thinking
  • Lack of balance/vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Slurring of speech
  • Slow heart rate
  • Decreased urine output

Many fear that barbiturate detox will be uncomfortable and painful. We can help overcome symptoms of barbiturate withdrawal through effective and safe medical detox services provided by addiction experts. Our patients are rarely uncomfortable because we provide an individualized plan for each patient and their needs.

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What’s the timeline for barbiturate withdrawal?

The barbiturate withdrawal timeline can last around a month, depending on factors such as the user’s age, length and severity of drug addiction, and any co-occuring disorders.

Because of its short half-life, barbiturate withdrawal symptoms first appear within the first 24 hours after cessation or tapering off. The signs are most intense during the first 72 hours after cessation, and it is during this point in the withdrawal timeline that people are most at-risk for serious medical complications.

During the first week, physical symptoms are at their most severe, but gradually start to taper off. The risk of major medical complications from barbiturate withdrawal is now low. But once the person in recovery reaches the second-week mark, the emotional and psychological symptoms start to appear.

Between weeks three to four, most of the barbiturate withdrawal physical symptoms will disappear. Emotional and psychological symptoms will begin to decrease as well. There may be some lingering symptoms of withdrawal for several weeks after, but they won’t be debilitating like in the first few weeks after cessation.

The Gallus Method of Barbiturate Detox

At Gallus Medical Detox, we offer safe, effective, and personalized treatment, the Gallus Method.

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The key features of Gallus Medical Detox include:

Individual treatment plans
Psychological, physical, and social assessments
24/7 medical supervision
Cardiac telemetry and video technology
Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients’ needs
An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery
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Get Treatment for Barbiturate Addiction

If you or a loved one are experiencing withdrawal symptoms related to barbiturate addiction, or suspect that you may have a substance use disorder, contact us today and take your first steps toward achieving recovery comfortably.

Addiction to barbiturates is common, and it can be overwhelming to seek treatment or try to determine the best detox and rehab options in your area. The team at Gallus is here to help make the process of stopping barbiturate abuse as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Our addiction professionals are experienced in helping individuals identify the best treatment options and create a solid foundation for lasting recovery. Speak with a member of our caring team confidentially and learn how Gallus can help you get your life back on track.

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About Our Treatment Facility

At Gallus, we understand that the detox process can be challenging for many individuals. That’s why we have designed our facility to feel as comfortable and welcoming as possible for those who are cleansing their systems from the toxic effects of drugs and alcohol. We provide private rooms with queen beds and 40″ TVs for our detox patients. The facility has free WiFi, and use of personal electronics, cellphones, and tobacco products is allowed.

Our 24/7 medical staffing means that we will work round the clock to ease withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches, anxiety, and high blood pressure so that the treatment process is as smooth and effective as possible.


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