Sonata Addiction Treatment

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 21st May 2024 | All Sources


Clinically Reviewed by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

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All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.
Last Reviewed: 19th December 2023

Sonata was developed in the early 1990s and is one of several sleeping drugs obtained via the NHS to treat insomnia.

Slag terms for this drug include Downers, Tranks, and Sleepeasy.

It is proclaimed better than benzodiazepine-based drugs as it does not cause users to feel as though they are suffering from a ‘hangover’. Sonata is one of the fastest-acting sleeping pills, with a half-life of an hour [1], and this hypnotic drug causes both physical and psychological addiction. Those continually using Sonata will become addicted in less than fourteen days.

Once it has entered your bloodstream, Sonata activates a neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), reducing anxiety and stress and promoting sleep.

Sonata addiction is a relatively new condition due to the little time it has been in circulation; however, the short and long-term side effects can be life-changing.

  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Muscle movement difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Changed in thoughts and behaviour
  • Memory loss
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Sleepwalking [2]

If you have become addicted to sleeping pills, it’s time to do something about it. Why not call Cassiobury Court today for a no-obligation conversation about your use of Sonata?


Sonata Addiction Admission

Our admission will begin with a telephone assessment. We will discuss your general health, both physical and mental, and we’ll ask you questions about your consumption of Sonata.

We will admit you immediately if you choose Cassiobury Court as the rehabilitation centre you would like to attend. Unlike other drug rehabilitation providers, there is no wait for our services. On your arrival, our doctors will comprehensively assess your health to ensure you are in good health and ready for the road ahead.

Whilst a 28-day commitment to our individualised treatment programme may seem like a large proportion of your life, rest assured private drug and alcohol rehab will have a positive and lasting effect.


Sonata Rehabilitation: A Walk-Through

At Cassiobury Court, we treat all our patients individually. Your treatment plan will be highly tailored to suit your individual needs and preferences, beginning with drug detox.


We offer a tapered detox, where the amounts of Sonata you have access to are slowly tapered to ease withdrawal symptoms’ discomfort. Our medical staff will monitor your progress and well-being on a 24-hour basis to ensure you are safe and comfortable. Throughout this process, your body may react negatively because it no longer gets the sonata it craves.

Withdrawal Symptoms occur as you are withdrawn from Sonata; these can be the following:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Seizures

Addicts who initially took Sonata to treat insomnia may suffer from a condition known as rebound insomnia. There is no exact timeframe for a Sonata detox, as everyone is different. It is likely to last approximately two weeks, potentially more.


After the first phase of your rehabilitation, you can proceed with your therapy sessions. Cassiobury Court employs talking therapies, for example, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In these sessions, recovering addicts learn new thought patterns and coping strategies to reduce the risk of relapse when returning to their home environment.

CBT is the most effective form of therapy for a Sonata addiction. It allows patients to identify their thoughts and feelings regarding their relationship with addictive behaviours. When our patients can identify their irrational thoughts, they are encouraged to interact with tactics taught in CBT, offering them the ability to replace these thoughts with more positive and rational options.

Another therapy we encourage our patients to commit to is group therapy. This is a space where you can share your experiences, struggles, and thoughts with others and learn from theirs. This is also an ideal opportunity to build long-lasting relationships and a support network when you venture back into society. Times may get tough, and the people you meet in rehab can hold you accountable and support you.


Upon completing your 28-day, potentially more if needed, residential rehab, your key workers and you will discuss a secondary care plan. Aftercare is the biggest advantage of attending residential rehab. It will be personalised to you and help you take positive steps to achieve long-term sobriety.

You’ll have access to regular aftercare sessions and a free 24-hour helpline should you encounter difficulties abstaining from Sonata use.

We will also encourage you to attend local Narcotics Anonymous groups to ensure that you continue to grow, build your community, and share your experiences with others.


Cassiobury Court are Ready to Help

If you want to learn more about Sonata addiction, call Cassiobury Court on 0800 001 4070. Perhaps you are researching Sonata rehab for a friend or a loved one who has fallen victim to this terrible disease.

We are here to answer any questions about Sonata and how it impacts your life and those around you. Time is of the essence when you’re suffering from an addiction, so please act now to restore your life.

We can be contacted by texting HELP to 83222 or via our online form. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are overwhelmed by a Sonata addiction, we can provide you with the finest treatment available.



John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 21st May 2024

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 19th December 2023

Dr. Olalekan Otulana MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cantab)

 Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Physician. He has a specialist interest in Substance Misuse Management and he has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of clients with various drug and substance addiction problems.  His main aim is to comprehensively assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

A strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.