Sonata Addiction Treatment

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 11th October 2022 | All Sources


Clinically Reviewed by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

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Last Reviewed: 11th October 2022

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 will activate 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. Your treatment will begin 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 wellbeing 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 intercept 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 and 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: 11th October 2022

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 Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 11th October 2022

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures