Amytal was developed during World War II in order to treat psychiatric problems experienced by American soldiers following combat duties.
During the 1990s Amytal was famously touted as a ‘truth serum’. Patients develop an addiction to Amytal when using the drug to combat sleeping disorders.
Amytal is a type of barbiturate, normally prescribed as a sedative, anti-anxiety medication, or a preanesthetic drug before surgery; however, the drug is highly addictive.
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The drug is typically injected or consumed as a tablet. Amobarbital sodium is the active addictive substance contained within Amytal and is typically found as an odourless, white powder but can also come in tablet or pill form.
When ‘high’ on Amytal addicts describe a feeling similar to that experienced when drunk but given that it can only be administered by a doctor, the only way to abuse it is to procure is illegally as it’s such a powerful and potentially lethal drug.
It’s a central nervous system depressant which can help people who need to sleep or calm down and is primarily administered by a doctor in shot form.
A tolerance to Amytal arises and addicts must take an ever-greater quantity of the drug in order to feel ‘high’. A physical as a well as a psychological dependency to the drug arises.
Once in the bloodstream Amytal travels to sensors in the brain. A neurotransmitter known as GABA is released making the user feel relaxed.
Like many other drugs, Amytal can have some adverse side effects such as depression, anxiety, allergic reaction, trouble breathing, constipation, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, sleepiness, confusion, nervousness, irritation, tissue damage, and insomnia.
Because of it’s addictive potential, Amytal is just a short-term solution, particularly because it appears to lose its effectiveness in inducing sleep after two weeks of use.
Amytal addiction is a neurological, chronic disease with many factors including psychological and environmental, all of which influence how severely it manifests.
Addiction to Amytal is inevitable when you abuse these kinds of drugs. It’s important to remember that this isn’t a weakness, addiction is simply a natural biological response to your body trying to adapt.
If you were to leave this addiction untreated, it will only worsen over time, potentially leaving you with life-changing damage.
How Amytal Detoxification works
Withdrawal symptoms arise between ten to twelve hours after Amytal was last consumed and will stay until the drug is no longer in your system and your body has readjusted to normal levels.
Withdrawal symptoms are an inevitable part of an Amytal detox and can be quite painful meaning addicts who attempt withdrawal from home are likely to fail in their effects. ‘Cold turkey’ style detoxification is generally avoided as this can put you at extreme risk of physical and psychological damage.
Instead, our medical team implement controlled and tapered Amytal detoxification where consumption of the drug is gradually reduced over several days.
Amytal withdrawal symptoms
Amytal withdrawal symptoms include tremors, anxiety, blurred or distorted vision, headaches, high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, convulsions, and delirium; in some extreme cases, withdrawal symptoms could also include seizures and psychosis.
Symptoms reduce upon the fifth day following cessation of consumption. At their peak symptoms can present a life-threatening condition. Home based detox in the absence of medical assistance is thus not recommended.
Drugs such as phenobarbital may be offered to prevent seizures. Once you’ve successfully completed an Amytal addiction detox, you will be feeling cleansed and ready to check into a residential rehabilitation centre to continue your journey to long-term recovery.
Amytal Rapid Detoxification
Rapid detoxification may be offered if deemed appropriate. During rapid detoxification client’s detox under the influence of anaesthesia.
Thus, withdrawal symptoms are entirely absent due to clients remaining unconscious. Medical attention is intensified under such conditions.
What happens after Amytal Detoxification?
Following detoxification, clients receive therapy sessions treating psychological aspects of Amytal addiction. Cognitive behavioural therapy is employed so clients understand the link between thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.
Patients imagine and enact scenarios which give rise to the addictive behaviour and note down thoughts leading up to the event. Once this is accomplished clients are asked to challenge thoughts and emotions which give rise to addictive behaviours.
Patients are taught to avoid ‘addiction triggers’. Powerful coping strategies are developed so relapse does not occur once clients leave our rehabilitation centre.
Aftercare for Amytal Addiction
Recovery from Amytal addiction is a lifelong process.
Getting through those first few months is difficult. To assist we provide clients with a year-long aftercare service completely free of charge, inclusive of dedicated helplines should clients feel the desire to relapse, in addition to recommendations for local support networks such as Narcotics Anonymous where you can share your experiences with others who are in a similar situation to you.
Should Amytal relapse occur clients are provided with clear instructions in seeking out further help. We encourage our clients to join local Narcotics Anonymous groups in their area on leaving our rehabilitation centre.