Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Pentobarbital addiction can ruin lives and it is important to seek treatment before it is too late. The best course of treatment is generally inpatient rehab. A short-acting barbiturate, pentobarbital is used as a sedative, making users sleepy. It may be known by the brand names Nembutal, Pentosol, Repocal, and Sopental. And, it is often used as a paranesthesia and to control convulsions.
Pentobarbital poses an extreme danger of overdose, which can, according to the US National Library of Medicine, cause:
- Trouble breathing
- Lowered energy
- Slurred speech
- Wobbly walk
However, the biggest risks are those of coma and stopped breathing. Pentobarbital use often leads to overdose and subsequent death. In fact, so effective is it at ending life that it is used for euthanasia and has been used in executions performed at correctional facilities.
If you are diverting pentobarbital from its prescribed use, you are inviting serious health complications. You need to seek inpatient treatment, but knowing that is often not enough. You probably have a lot of questions. This post will answer some of them, but our advisers can answer all of them.
Why Should I Seek Inpatient Care for My Pentobarbital Addiction?
Firstly, drug use is higher among people with mental disorders, like depression or anxiety. You may be one of the people who had to deal with a co-occurring condition (a mental disorder on top of a substance use one). Because each impacts the other, it will be important for you to receive care from a facility that can treat both simultaneously. You will want the round-the-clock care offered by inpatient treatment.
Additionally, pentobarbital treatment will require you to go through detox, when the pentobarbital will be eliminated from your system. It is important that you undergo this process before you begin structured treatment. An inpatient program will help you through your difficult withdrawal and prepare you to fully engage in treatment.
Will I Need Residential Treatment for My Pentobarbital Addiction?
Most people benefit from time in a residential treatment setting because it removes them from temptation and stress. A pentobarbital addiction places stress on every component of your life, leaving you with fractured relationships, job woes, and, potentially, legal complications. These stressors can feed the cycle of addiction. By gaining residential care, you remove yourself from this environment, allowing you to fully focus on your treatment.
Additionally, as residential treatment does not allow drugs or alcohol (unlike the access to them granted by outpatient treatment), you will be able to avoid relapse when your pentobarbital cravings kick in.
How Long Should I Stay in Pentobarbital Treatment?
Because the detox and treatment components will take time to complete, you should not consider staying for less than a 28 to 30-day stay. This is a standard length of time in treatment and you should have no trouble finding a treatment program that offers it. However, if your addiction is severe and you may not be able to fully develop coping strategies in a month, you can attend a 60 or 90-day program instead.
Should I Consider Out-of-State Treatment?
Local inpatient treatment will remove you from a stressful environment, but you may desire even more distance. An out-of-state program may be just what you need. Or, you may find an out-of-state program that better matches your needs than more local options. Whatever your reason for wishing to travel further, you have options. However, you should keep in mind that your local options are often more affordable.
How Can I Fund My Pentobarbital Treatment?
Inpatient treatment for pentobarbital addiction can be expensive and you will need to negotiate funding. You should not let this stop you from attending rehab. You may be able to cover your stay using health insurance. The Affordable Care Act made substance abuse treatment a required component of all individual and small group plans.
You may also be offered a form of supplemental financing by the treatment program itself. If not, most programs have a financing department that can help you negotiate the process and arrange a financing plan.