What is Ambien?
Many of our clients begin taking Ambien as a sleeping aid.
Ambien is legal in the United Kingdom and freely prescribed as a sedative, anxiolytic and hypnotic drug; the drug is also known as Zolpidem.
Doctors prescribe Ambien in order to treat conditions such as insomnia as it helps you fall asleep more quickly and makes you less likely to wake up during the night. As a prescription drug, Ambien takes around 1 hour to work, and you’ll normally be recommended to take it for up to 4 weeks.
However, an addiction to Ambien develops quickly as a tolerance to the drug is built up. This means more Ambien is required in order to feel the desired effect. An addiction to Ambien can typically arise after two weeks of continued use.
Whilst Ambien is generally considered safer than certain other sedatives, it can still be misused. Unwanted side effects include fever, dry mouth, feeling sleepy during the day, memory loss, sleep walking, amnesia, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle ache, and dizziness.
How does Ambien Detoxification work?
Our Ambien rehabilitation programme tackles both psychological and physical aspects of addiction. Detoxification is first tackled where Ambien is entirely allowed to drain from your system. Detoxification takes place within our residential rehabilitation centre.
This means clients are not exposed to ‘addiction triggers’ during detoxification. Patients receive 24 hours a day medical observation, so withdrawal symptoms are treated correctly.
Withdrawal symptoms are physical as well as psychological in nature. Physical withdrawal symptoms are particularly unpleasant. It is common for clients to experience hallucinations, panic attacks, severe mood swings, vomiting and shakes during detoxification.
Withdrawal symptoms mean attempting detoxification without medical assistance is potentially dangerous. Suicide and cardiovascular problems are not unknown when Ambien detoxification is attempted at home using ‘cold-turkey’ approaches.
Verywellmind.com explain that “Ambien misuse is most common among teenagers and young adults”. However, it’s important to note Ambien addiction is more likely to occur in people with a history of drug or alcohol misuse and dependence on the drug is unlikely to happen to someone who is taking the drug as directed by a medical professional, although it could still happen.
What happens during and after Detoxification?
During detoxification, prescription drugs are offered to ease withdrawal symptoms. Methadone may be offered to relieve these symptoms. Buprenorphine may be offered as it is capable of offsetting symptoms experienced during Ambien withdrawal. Once withdrawal symptoms begin to decline a programme of therapy commences.
During therapy, psychological aspects of Ambien addiction are tackled. Therapy can take place one-to-one with a therapist, in groups with others who are in a similar situation to you, or even with your family. Cognitive behavioural therapy, also known as CBT, is employed so clients understand how thoughts and emotions give rise to addictive behaviours.
CBT is a major aspect of the counselling process, it’s a form of psychotherapy and has proven to be very effective in treating all kinds of addictions. The purpose of cognitive behavioural therapy is to help people get better and stay better by helping them to identify goals that are most important to them and overcome obstacles that get in the way.
Beck institute explains that “CBT is based on the cognitive model – the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself”. By using a variety of cognitive and behavioural techniques, CBT can help you to figure out what you want most from life and set a plan to move towards achieving these goals.
Powerful coping strategies are taught so clients do not relapse after leaving our rehabilitation centre. Patients learn how to overcome dysfunctional thoughts and emotions which promote destructive behaviours.
What happens after Ambien Rehab?
Once Ambien rehabilitation draws to a conclusion an aftercare plan is put into place. We fully appreciate how overwhelming it can feel to return home after undergoing a comprehensive rehabilitation programme, this is why we personalise each of our client’s aftercare plans to ensure you receive the very best support during this challenging time.
The first 12 months after returning home are known to be the most difficult as you adjust your new behaviours into your way of life. This is the time when a relapse is most probable as cravings are likely to appear every now and then.
It’s essential that you implement all the tools you’ve learnt at our rehab for drug addiction and put them into practise. Whilst relapses are fairly common, we of course want you to avoid going through one as it just makes your journey to recovery even harder, particularly after all of the time and effort you’ve already put in.
Here at Cassiobury Court, our aftercare plans are well-established to make sure you continue your journey to sobriety in a safe and successful manner. With the support of our dedicated aftercare team for the first 12 months after leaving our drug rehab, you’ll have the best chance of achieving a long-term recovery from Ambien addiction.
We also encourage clients to reach out to Narcotics Anonymous groups in their local areas. We provide a 24 hour a day helpline should relapse become an imminent risk. Cassiobury Court’s clients experience some of the lowest relapse rates in the industry and we believe our stellar track record is largely thanks to the quality of aftercare we provide.
Call Cassiobury Court for more information
If you wish to learn more about Cassiobury Court’s Ambien detoxification and rehabilitation programme call our centre today on 01923 369 161 or text HELP to 83222.
We have a fantastic recovery rate and offer all of our clients a full clinical assessment, detox medication and treatments, 24/7 recovery staffing, family telephone helpline, tailored recovery action plan, 1 year’s free aftercare, and treatments to suit all budget.
You can learn more about our detoxification programme by clicking here.