Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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A methaqualone addiction can be hard to break on your own; your best bet is to seek professional, structured inpatient treatment. Methaqualone, most commonly known by the brand name Quaalude, is a sedative-hypnotic, like barbiturates. The drug was at its peak popularity in the 1970s but remains a dangerously addictive medication for modern users.
Taken off of the market in 1983 because of its high danger of abuse, methaqualone was introduced in 1965 as a barbiturate substitute that was thought to be safe. However, time demonstrated that the medication had a high risk of abuse and resulting in mental and physical dependence. In addition, withdrawal symptoms were just as severe as those experienced by barbiturate users.
The US ceased marketing methaqualone in 1984 and the drug was transferred to a Schedule I status, meaning it has no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse and dependence.
By 1972, “luding out” was a part of the popular vernacular. It referred to taking methaqualone with wine. Today, users still combine methaqualone with alcohol to intensify the effects. As methaqualone is a depressant, it is prescribed to put users to sleep, relieve their anxiety, and ease muscle spasms, and prevent seizures.
Because of this, overdose or increased potency because of alcohol can lead to the slowing of the breathing and heart rate that can lead to death. Methaqualone can be extremely dangerous. You need to seek treatment.
Why Seek Inpatient Care for Methaqualone Addiction?
In general, inpatient care centers are considered best for individuals who need to both detox and go through a full treatment for methaqualone addiction. Detox is the process by which you transition from acutely intoxicated to a drug-free state and it will trigger withdrawal symptoms, like:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
- Mental Confusion
These side effects of withdrawal can be debilitating and are best managed through round the clock care.
In addition, rates of drug abuse are higher among populations that suffer from mental disorders. Often, individuals seeking drug treatment also need treatment for a secondary mental condition. As these conditions can impact one another, it is best to work with an inpatient facility that can treat both simultaneously.
What Is the Primary Benefit of Inpatient Care for Methaqualone Addiction?
Methaqualone addiction doesn’t occur in a vacuum. It impacts every aspect of your life. By the time you seek treatment, you may be having trouble at your job; your friendships and other important relationships may be compromised; and, you may find yourself triggered to use by stresses and environmental triggers you encounter every day.
When you are in inpatient treatment, you will be removed from your daily environment and safely placed in a controlled setting. You will be able to fully concentrate on your recovery and will be less tempted to relapse. You will also be removed from a setting that will let you relapse, as no drugs or alcohol will be available.
How Long Will I Need to Be Treated for Methaqualone Addiction?
Prepare to participate in long-term treatment. Because people who use methaqualone typically abuse the drug with alcohol, you will likely be treated for more than one substance abuse disorder and will have to detox from both. In order to properly receive treatment, plan for a stay of no less than 28 days.
However, if your addiction has progressed to an extreme level, you may be better off attending treatment for 60-90 days. It is important that you do more than simply remove the drugs from your system; you also need to develop strategies for coping with cravings.