Patients become addicted to Lunesta following treatment of sleeping disorders such as insomnia.
Lunesta is a relatively new drug first appearing in 2004. The manufacturer, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, invested millions in advertising the drug using the slogan ‘the number one branded prescribed sleep aid.’ Lunesta is a sedative or ‘sleeping pill’ and classed as a ‘hypnotic’ drug. It is a central nervous system depressant as it slows down the nervous system. Lunesta is the brand name of ‘eszopiclone’ and goes by the street name ‘zombie pills’. Within as little a fourteen days of continuous use, users develop a powerful dependency to the drug. A physical, as well as psychological dependency to Lunesta, develops. Over time users develop a tolerance to Lunesta meaning more of the drug is required in order to feel the desired effects. Unwanted side effects associated with Lunesta use include sweating, cramps, increased blood pressure, hallucinations and drowsiness. Once in the bloodstream, Lunesta travels to sensors in the brain. A neurotransmitter known as GABA is released making users feel relaxed.
How Lunesta detoxification works
Once users stop taking Lunesta a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are experienced. Symptoms mean it is inadvisable to attempt Lunesta withdrawal without medical assistance. Cassiobury Court offers medically supervised Lunesta detoxification in the presence of our medical team. Patients receive 24 hours a day medical attention and prescription medications such as diazepam and chlordiazepoxide may be offered to offset withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepine antagonist such as flumazenil may be offered for chronic Lunesta addicts. Lunesta intake may be decreased gradually rather than all at once. This approach to detoxification is known as ‘tapering’. Cold turkey based detoxification is generally avoided due to complications arising from withdrawal symptoms. Common withdrawal symptoms associated with Lunesta use include mood swings, nausea, vomiting and anxiety. Once the user stops taking the drug the brain enters a state of hyperactivity and seizures occur. Patients who initially took Lunesta to treat insomnia may experience a condition known as ‘rebound insomnia’.
What happens after detoxification?
Withdrawal symptoms typically take between eight to ten days to decline. Once withdrawal symptoms stabilise clients attend therapy sessions. Therapy aims to treat psychological aspects of Lunesta addiction. Sessions aim to reduce the risk of client relapse on leaving the rehabilitation centre. Cognitive behaviour therapy is used so clients understand the link between thoughts and emotions promoting addictive behaviour. Therapy sessions take place in groups or through one-on-one sessions with an experienced therapist. Therapy cumulates in personalised aftercare planning. Once clients leave our Lunesta detoxification centre we encourage their involvement in local Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery groups in their area.
Call Cassiobury Court for more information
If you wish to learn more about Cassiobury Court’s Lunesta detoxification and rehabilitation programme call our centre today on 0800 500 3129. Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in London and Blackpool. You can learn more about our detoxification programmes by clicking here.