Temazepam Addiction Treatment

Clinically Reviewed on: 21/10/2022 5:11 pm by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.


Temazepam is a prescription drug which belongs to the benzodiazepine family.

It is used to treat short-term insomnia and depression for those struggling with falling asleep. Like other types of benzodiazepine drugs, Temazepam works by slowing down the central nervous system. It does this by stimulating the brain to increase the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which in turn helps the user feel relaxed.

Those who have developed a chronic use and addiction will find that they snort Temazepam, or inject it, to enter a euphoric state.

Those using Temazepam for two months or longer will find that their body will build up a tolerance to the drug and will need to consume far higher quantities of the drug to reach their desired effects.

It’s a sad and regrettable fact that Temazepam overdoses are common in the United Kingdom. Its history is no joyous fact either, Temazepam caused huge harm in the 80’s [2] and 35 years later legislative changes to prescription writing requirements for Temazepam was passed. [3]

Overdoses are often caused when Temazepam is mixed with other drugs such as opioids and alcohol. This was the cause of the death of Australian Hollywood actor Heath Ledger in 2008.

If you are a Temazepam user and are concerned you’re developing, or have already developed a Temazepam addiction, contact our friendly team today so we can help.

Our free 24-hour helpline is manned by people who will be able to advise you honestly about your Temazepam use.

 

Temazepam Side Effects

Like other benzodiazepine drugs, Temazepam causes a number of unpleasant side effects. These side effects include:

  • Rash
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Intense sweating
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Memory loss
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tremors
  • Breathing difficulties, which can lead to coma and death

Temazepam can cause hangover-like symptoms which may cause the user to feel sleepier. It is important to note that people who suffer from depression, other mental health problems, and lung disease are at a higher risk when taking Temazepam.[1]

 

The Benefits of a Residential Rehab

Temazepam rehab will require your maximum effort and being in our care 24 hours a day will help you be free of the distractions that life can bring. There are various benefits to residential rehab including:

  • No Access to Drug and Alcohol
  • 24/7 Supervision and Support
  • Healthy diet
  • The ability to completely focus
  • Therapies which take place in the facility

Breaking a Temazepam addiction will not be easy alone which is why we implore you to reach out and tackle the issue head-on. Cassiobury Court offers a 28-day rehabilitation that we are proud of.

Whilst four weeks might seem like a long time to be away from your normal life, it will be time well spent in safe surroundings as you come face to face with your dependency which Cassiobury Court can help you to overcome.

 

Temazepam Rehab: A Step-by-Step Guide

The first part of your treatment will be a medically assisted drug detox. This will allow us to flush the toxins from your body that will have built up as a result of a sustained Temazepam abuse. This will be a difficult time for your treatment as your body will react to losing access, and Temazepam withdrawal is a painful experience.

As such, Cassiobury Court will offer you a tapered detox programme in order to alleviate any discomfort caused by withdrawal symptoms. This involves Temazepam dosage being gradually reduced throughout the course of detox. We may also offer prescription drugs, such as chlordiazepoxide or diazepam to help with withdrawal symptoms.

A detox from Temazepam will result in physical symptoms, such as tremors, seizures, confusion, convulsion and slurred speech. There are many similarities between Temazepam and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Your withdrawal symptoms will generally ease within 7-10 days after the last time you took Temazepam and when your condition stabilises the focus will shift to the psychological aspect of your treatment.

At Cassiobury Court, we offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) alongside Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) which takes place with a qualified therapist or counsellor in order to help our clients to understand the triggers of their addiction.

Once your therapy has been completed, we will sit down with you to draw up bespoke relapse prevention and aftercare plan. We encourage you to join your local Narcotics Anonymous group and your aftercare sessions are free of charge in our clinic. The first year after your Temazepam rehab will be difficult and the support network you have built up during your time with us will be vital to your continuing abstinence.

 

Cassiobury Court has Spaces Available

An initial comprehensive telephone assessment will help us to establish which stage of addiction you are in and what steps are required. We also offer friend and family referrals if a loved one who requires assistance.

If you decide that you need help and would like this to be provided by Cassiobury Court, upon your arrival at our clinic, you will also undergo a thorough examination by one of our doctors, who will perform a comprehensive assessment of your physical and psychological welfare.

The information we gather at this point will allow us to customise your treatment programme and consider all the personal factors that will shape your treatment.

You may well have some questions about Temazepam. Can you snort Temazepam? Can you take Temazepam with alcohol? We are here to answer your questions about Temazepam and to discuss what help you require.

Please call Cassiobury Court on 0800 001 4070 or text HELP to 83222, and let’s work together to help you lead a life free of Temazepam.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: 21st October 2022

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience in providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John is also the co-author of 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) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 21/10/2022 5:11 pm

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