Over 500,000 people have been reported to be abusing Ambien.
Ambien abuse rates have tripled within just five years.
The number of Ambien-related emergency room visits increased by nearly 220% between 2005 and 2010, up to 19,487 visits in that year
AAmbien, another name for Zolpidem, is a sedative which is classified as a hypnotic. This drug helps to correct the chemical imbalances in your brain that may cause sleep problems such as insomnia. Ambien is abused more often than people think, especially at what teens are calling pharma parties. These parties are where teens and young adults get together and use high doses of prescription drugs without knowing exactly what the consequences are or what the different combinations can do. Sleep deprivation can lead to many health risks such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Ambien is meant to be used occasionally, it is advised to take it in2 to 3 day intervals. If Ambien is used too frequently it can become highly addictive, which can further increase the health risks.
The risks of overdosing on Ambien significantly increases when mixed with alcohol. Again, these drugs enhance one another, and when used together they become a super drug. Alone, Ambien is unlikely to kill you but mixed to create the hybrid, it can certainly have deadly costs. The most common drug used with Ambien that causes death is Alcohol. The possibility of sleep-driving and other hazardous behaviors is so amplified that taking even normal doses of Ambien is too dangerous. The only way to stay safe while on Ambien is to abstain from drinking from alcohol.
Do you think a loved one is abusing Ambien? You may have seen a change in his or her personality such as always being sleepy, lethargic or depressed. You may need to stage an intervention. It’s often recommended to use a professional during an intervention to help convey love and respect with your message. They still are your friend or family member, they’re just going through a rough patch and need your help and understanding.
If you stop taking Ambien abruptly it can cause you to withdrawal, especially if you have been using for an extendedamount of time or at high quantities. The withdrawal symptoms may last weeks depending upon the degree of use. It is important to seek professional help when trying to kick an addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous if not tamed correctly. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, irritability, insomnia, cravings, nervousness, disorientation, convulsions and seizures. With depressants or sedatives like Ambien it is always advised that you go through this process medically supervised because some of the symptoms can become lethal.
There are major consequences associated with taking Ambien and Alcohol together. They are the perfect deadly combination because they intensify the effects of each other. Some of the potentially harmful effects of mixing the two would be dizziness, coma, shallow breathing, weakened motor control, impaired judgment, memory loss, overdose and unusual behaviors. Remember that when combining sedatives, the multiplied affects can go both ways; Ambien boosts the alcohol and vice versa. Alcohol is also a depressant and can make you sleepy and lightheaded; this combined with Ambien can impede concentration and cause difficulty with coordination, which is a major cause of accidents. Ambien is known to cause memory loss, and because it has been enhanced by alcohol, it ups the effects and leads the user to become unaware of the dangerous activities that they may engage in and could possibly never remember later.
Ambien by itself can provoke people to drive, make food, and even engage in sexual activities while they are asleep. This is an obvious concern and can become extremely unsafe. Even though it’s only sleepwalking, it can bring about falls and serious injuries. Some cases have even been deadly. Sleep walking is an easy way for someone to seriously injury themselves. If you plan on taking Ambien for an extended period of time, make sure you check in with your doctor to see if you should still be taking the same dosage at the same times. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about how to improve your sleeping habits without having to use a prescription to do so.
Growing up in school they always tell you not to do drugs. The drugs they typically use as examples are marijuana, heroin and cocaine. But very rarely do prescription drugs get brought up. Prescription drugs act as a gateway drugs. The problem is that most people have an addiction to prescription drugs before they even start using. Because their doctor gave it to them, they think that they need it to feel good. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that in 2009 seven million Americans used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. That number is higher than the reported number of people who used heroin, cocaine and inhalants combined. Prescription drug abuse is at a dangerous growth rate in out country.
Traveling for treatment might be the best option for you. Sometimes, you need to get away from the bad situation that you are in to realize that it is possible to improve the path you are on in life. Getting away from the people, places and situations that push you toward wanting to take prescription drugs in the first place. If you are in another city or state, the only thing you will have to worry about is improving yourself. People who are struggling with prescription drug addiction cannot see a different way to live so they continue to give to their cycle of abuse. Which is why traveling for treatment can help you realize that there is more to life than just using drugs to feel good.
Holding an intervention for a loved one who suffers from a prescription drug addiction may be the difference between life and death for them. Many addicts either do not realize that they have a problem with drugs or deny that they do. People fall under the false impression just because they are taking prescription drug that they cannot become addicted to it. Sometimes, people who have substance abuse problems know that they need help, but all they want to know is that those close to them will help them. Staging an intervention is a great way to show people you care about them.
Interventions backfire on many groups because they criticize and judge the addict. The point of an intervention is to gather to express concern for the addict, while the overall goal should be to get the addict to agree to go to rehab. At the intervention, make sure to use specific examples of how the person’s prescription abuse has affect each of those gathered. Once the addict realizes that their problem takes a toll on more than just them then they might be more willing to get help.
There are only three ways an addiction will leave you alone: rehab, prison or death. You can get cleaned up in rehab and learn how to live a happy and sober life. You can get arrested and get clean via cold turkey in prison. Which is very dangerous. Or you can overdose, resulting in your untimely death. The first choice seems like the most logical, right? Then now is the time to act. Call us today so that we can help get enrolled into a rehab center that meets all of your needs regarding your addiction.