Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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If you are suffering from a sedative addiction, your best bet for recovery is to attend inpatient sedative addiction rehab. Sedatives are a class of drugs, rather than a singular specific type. Included under the umbrella of sedatives are barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and non-benzodiazepine sleep medications. And, each of these groups contains a number of medications, so you know that the term sedative applies to a wide swath of medications.
Sedatives are central nervous system depressants. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they slow brain activity, which makes them ideal for treating both sleep disorders and anxiety.
Barbiturates are less frequently prescribed than the others because of the high risk of overdose and benzodiazepines are usually given short-term because they have a high risk of developing tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
An article in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine reports up to 33 percent of elderly Americans are prescribed a sedative for a sleep problem, making this group particularly at-risk. As are women, people with perceived poor health, and those in actual poor health as all of these groups are associated with long-term use of sedatives.
And, the number of people with a sedative use disorder is on the rise. Treatment program admissions for users of benzodiazepines has increased from 22,400 admissions in 1998 to a whopping 60,200 in 2008. That’s a three-fold increase over that period.
If you are one of the growing number of people who need treatment for a sedative addiction, you are in luck. We specialize in linking individuals with professional, qualified inpatient treatment programs. We can answer all of your questions and help you to locate resources.
Choosing Inpatient V. Choosing Outpatient
Before entering treatment, you will need to remove the drugs from your system. However, when you stop using, you will be at risk of acute withdrawal syndrome, which is clinically identical to alcohol withdrawal—one of the most dangerous forms of withdrawal. The clinical features of this syndrome are identical for all sedatives and include:
- Elevated heart rate, temperature, blood pressure
These need to be medically managed in a consistent setting. You will need inpatient care. If untreated, up to 20 percent of patients will experience severe withdrawal, which can lead to death.
In addition, as sedatives are commonly prescribed for anxiety, many sedative addicts have a co-occurring condition, like anxiety. Addiction may be the result of increasing your medication to deal with increasing stress. This anxiety needs to be treated alongside the addiction. Inpatient care will not only do that, but it will also provide round-the-clock oversight to make sure nothing gets out of hand and endangers your overall wellbeing.
Why Choose Residential Care?
Many sedative users take larger and larger doses as a way to chemically survive because they lack appropriate coping skills. These increases lead to dependence. If you do not remove yourself from the environment you are attempting to cope with and you have not developed a set of coping strategies, how do you manage your anxiety?
If you are in outpatient care, you usually return to using sedatives. In an inpatient care program, you lack access to the sedatives and must develop survival mechanisms. Further, without your stressors, you can better focus on getting better.
Should I Choose to Attend Treatment Out-of-State or Should I Stay Local?
Not all treatment centers are the same and neither are all addicts. Some techniques may be more appropriate to your situation than other and these may not be offered locally. In this scenario, you may feel like you would benefit by attending a program some distance from where you live. It’s worth considering.
On the other hand, you may simply want to attend an out-of-state program because you need additional distance from the causes of your anxiety. This is a valid reason, as well.
Remember that out-of-state care is typically more expensive, as insurers consider it out-of-network. However, if that presents no problem, you may succeed marvelously in such a program.