Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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If you are tired of dealing with your tranquilizer dependence or addiction, your best hope for recovery may be to enter inpatient tranquilizer addiction treatment. Tranquilizers also referred to as sedatives, are central nervous system depressants.
This means that they slow brain activity, which is why they work so well to treat insomnia and anxiety. The most common types of tranquilizers are benzodiazepines and barbiturates.
Although both types of drug have the potential for abuse, the National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts benzodiazepines pose more of a risk of abuse than barbiturates and barbiturates pose a higher risk of overdose and death. An article in Drug and Alcohol Dependence indicates misuse or nonmedical use of tranquilizers is often the precursor to addiction. Their survey discovered 10 percent of respondents who reported misuse met the criteria for abuse. That’s one in ten. You may be one of those people.
If you avoid overdose, you are not necessarily safe. Tranquilizers sedate and slow your motor functions; because of this, they are significant contributors to falls and motor vehicle accidents, two of the most common causes of death across the age spectrum.
If you are combining them with alcohol, you are magnifying these dangers. Rather than face an accident or death, it’s time to get your tranquilizer use under control.
Why Choose Inpatient Treatment for Your Tranquilizer Addiction?
Experts recognize a lot of tranquilizer misuse as a form of chemical coping. Users are self-medicating for an undiagnosed source of psychological distress. Correlations have been shown between misuse and anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia.
If you have a psychological condition that is triggering your addiction, you have what are termed co-occurring conditions. You need both of them treated simultaneously and any negative relationship between the two carefully monitored. Inpatient treatment will offer you the complete care you need.
Further, you will need to undergo detoxification before you enter treatment. Your body will need to be drug-free. Ceasing use of tranquilizers can trigger nasty withdrawal symptoms, like seizures.
The intensity of these symptoms isn’t something you should be left to deal with on your own. You should have 24-hour a day oversight. And, that level of care should continue as you undergo treatment. It will give you the best chance at success.
What Are the Primary Benefits of Residential Treatment for Tranquilizer Addiction?
Tranquilizer use, as stated, is often a form of coping with stressors. When you enter residential care, you are put in a new context and you are free from your previous stressors and their generating effect.
This allows you to fully engage with the rehab program and to take advantage of what is being offered to you. You don’t have extra worries that you have to carry around with you.
Plus, withdrawal and cravings can cause relapse. In residential rehab, you don’t have access to drugs or alcohol, allowing you to resist temptation that you might otherwise face in non-residential treatment.
How Long Should I Choose to Stay in Residential Tranquilizer Addiction Treatment?
In order to go through a proper detox and a complete treatment process, you should commit to long-term treatment. Do not attend for any less than 28-30 days of care. If, however, you have a very serious addiction or you have a very complex co-occurring disorder or you need intensive therapy to deal with underlying issues or some combination of the three, a lengthier treatment is advised. You can attend for 60 or even 90 days.
It took you more than a few days to develop your addiction. Give yourself the proper amount of time to be treated. You deserve it.