Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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If you are grappling with a zolpidem addiction, you know that you need help and your best avenue for help is inpatient zolpidem addiction treatment. The individualized care and round-the-clock oversight will give you your best chance of success.
Zolpidem is a central nervous system depressant. These are often referred to as tranquilizers or sedatives. There are three types of CNS depressants prescribed: benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and non-benzodiazepine sleep medications, like zolpidem.
Non-benzodiazepine sleep medications have a different chemical make-up than benzodiazepines, but they trigger some of the same brain receptors. Although they are believed to have a lower risk of dependence than benzodiazepines, they still carry the danger of physical and psychological dependence.
Zolpidem, often called a Z drug, is better known by its brand names: Ambien, Edluar, Intermezzo, and Zolpimist. All of these are sleep aids. Zolpidem is a sedative/hypnotic that is only available by prescription.
It is considered a Schedule IV drug by the DEA, meaning it carries less of a risk of abuse than Schedule III drugs, but the risk is still present. Long-term use and high dosages are both linked to the increased possibility of addiction.
If you find yourself dependent upon zolpidem, it’s time to seek inpatient treatment for your addiction.
Should I Choose Inpatient Treatment for My Zolpidem Addiction?
Addictions to sleep medications are often the result of self-medicating. Rather than dealing with an underlying psychological problem, like anxiety or depression, that may be causing a sleep disturbance, people take zolpidem. If troubles increase, they increase the dosage.
It is important that underlying problems be dealt with. In treatment, these psychological problems are called co-occurring conditions. Inpatient care will treat both the co-occurring condition and your addiction. This will prevent either from having a negative effect on the other, keeping you as comfortable and healthy as possible.
Before you are able to engage in treatment, you will need to undergo detox, where zolpidem and other drugs will be eliminated from your system. This will trigger withdrawals, which can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe insomnia
- Stomach cramps
An inpatient program is able to watch over you round-the-clock and to use everything at their disposal to keep you comfortable. You won’t have this option outside of inpatient treatment.
Why Choose Residential Treatment?
There are two large benefits to choosing to attend residential addiction treatment: lack of access to drugs and separation from daily life.
Your biggest obstacle to kicking your zolpidem addiction will be resisting a relapse. Making it through detox won’t stop your psychological cravings and you will have to learn to deal with them. You can do that through therapy. But, it will take time. In the meantime, you will be in an environment that is entirely free of drugs and alcohol, limiting your opportunity to give in to temptation.
Additionally, the underlying triggers that cause you to want to use zolpidem can all be left outside the treatment program. When you live in the treatment center, you don’t worry about the daily stressors that generate depression or anxiety. You get to focus wholly on your treatment.
How Long Should I Choose to Stay in Treatment?
Because you need to undergo detox and you will likely need in-depth therapy, you should commit to long-term treatment. Generally, 28-30 days should be a sufficient amount of treatment.
If, however, you have a serious co-occurring condition, you have complex issues that need to be worked through in therapy, or your addiction is particularly severe, you may be better off with a long-lasting period of treatment. Consider attending for 60 to 90 days.
It didn’t take you a few days to become dependent on zolpidem. You deserve to give yourself an equivalent amount of time to recover from your addiction. Take your time. The longer you remain in treatment, the greater your chance of success.