Sedative-hypnotics are medications that are usually prescribed by a doctor to patients who either struggle with anxiety disorders or have trouble falling and remaining asleep. Unfortunately, continued and increased use of these drugs provoke addiction behaviors because of its tendency to cause dependence. This means that tolerance has grown for these drugs and a higher dosage needs to be taken to receive the desired effects. Additionally, dependence means that the body has grown accustomed to the sedative-hypnotic and does not function properly without its administration. Treatment is possible for sedative-hypnotic addiction by way of the medical, clinical, and psychological approaches taken by The Florida House Experience. Learning about the dangers and effects of these addictive medications can spread awareness to the fact that treatment is helpful and necessary for those who are afflicted. 

About Sedative Hypnotics

These prescription medications each work differently to target their own specific neurotransmitters in the brain. They are central nervous system depressants, meaning they slow down the body’s ability to perform basic functions like breathing. Many people that are prescribed with sedative-hypnotics don’t know the dangers of addiction when their doctor tells them that they need them, but prolonged use creates the addiction in their life. They are usually prescribed to people with sleep disorders who have trouble falling asleep or to people battling anxiety disorders. There are many kinds of sedative-hypnotics on the market, but the most commonly recognized are:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Librium
  • Klonopin
  • Phenobarbital
  • Ativan
  • Lunesta

Who Gets Prescribed with Sedative-Hypnotics?

Numerous amounts of doctors prescribe patients with sedative-hypnotics daily for multiple different reasons. Those that are at a higher risk for forming addiction are those with chronic issues since treatment with sedative-hypnotic is likely to require long-term use and an increased higher dosage with time. After taking these highly addictive drugs, it can be very difficult to wean off of them. This is partly because of their withdrawal symptoms and also because of the onset of adverse side effects like anxiety and insomnia once the drug is no longer administered. Anyone that is prescribed these addictive medications is at a risk for forming an addiction, but there are specific classes of individuals who are more likely to be prescribed and become addicted to these drugs. These classes of people include:

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Teenagers and Young Adults: Young people are more likely to come into contact with sedative-hypnotics as gifts from friends or family members that have a prescription because they think they are a recreational drug. Because the pills are usually gifted, they don’t have to worry about spending money they don’t have to get the high they are looking for. Additionally, young adults are most prone to trying new drugs, especially if they have experimented with drug use previous to their experience with sedative-hypnotics.

Working Class Professionals: Being a professional in a high-stress environment may be cause for an individual to develop an anxiety disorder. These individuals are more likely to see a doctor and get a prescription to sedative-hypnotics and either up their doses, causing dependence, or take the drug longer than intended.

Veterans of War: People that have been involved in war and other traumatic experience that cause severe anxiety are more likely to see a doctor that will prescribe them with sedative-hypnotics as a form of treatment. Traumatic events can contribute to the cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, both of which can be treated with sedative-hypnotic medications.

Family Members of Addicted: Those that have genetic attachments to drug or alcohol addicts have a higher chance of developing any kind of addiction, including addiction to sedative-hypnotic prescription medications. There is evidence that shows that genetics play a part of how addiction takes ahold of lives.

Signs and Symptoms of Sedative-Hypnotic Addiction

Since sedative-hypnotics are usually prescribed by doctors, it may be hard to tell if an individual is experiencing warning signs of addiction. A good warning sign of looming addiction is dependence. If an individual has to take more of a drug to feel the desired effects or take the drug just to keep from experience withdrawal symptoms, addiction is evident. Also, if a person has to take a drug to feel like they are “normal”, then dependence is apparent. Other warning signs of addiction to sedative-hypnotics include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Altered personality
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Confusion
  • Loss of cognitive ability
  • Lack of good judgment
  • Inability to focus on specific tasks

Sedative-Hypnotic Treatment Services at Florida House Experience

Withdrawal from sedative-hypnotics can be dangerous and even turn deadly. Because of this reason, it is highly suggested that medical detox is in order for the treatment of these drugs. Additionally, because of this raised reason for caution, it is also suggested that users talk to their doctors before stopping the use of sedative-hypnotics. Once it has been decided upon that medical detox and treatment for addiction is best, The Florida House Experience can provide you or your loved one with the personal care that is desired for the best possible outcome for recovery success.

After detox, there are a number of different ways that treatment can help those addicted to sedative-hypnotic prescription medications. First and foremost, residential rehabs give individuals the guided comfort of support throughout a stay at our facility. This program gives patients the highest opportunity for recovery success, as it includes training and education for learning required skills to prevent relapse, manage emotions, and remain sober throughout early and late recovery. The Florida House Experience understands that each person has a different addiction story, just as each person should have a different recovery story. We will work with you, our physicians,

The Florida House Experience understands that each person has a different addiction story, just as each person should have a different recovery story. We will work with you, our physicians, psychiatrists, and clinical professional to come up with a detailed and extremely personalized treatment strategy designed specifically for your life, desires, and needs. Guided therapy will help you recognize and deal with the underlying causes of your addiction so that you will be able to recognize triggers and cravings of your addiction once you graduate from treatment. Group therapy will help you learn and practice sharing emotions and concerns with others, which will help you to rebuild personal relationships of your own outside of treatment. Aftercare services provided will give you the means to begin a new life, with help from job placement services to additional support in gender-specific sober living home environments, the coice is yours. You don’t have to live with your addiction to sedative-hypnotics any longer. Decide that you will take you life back from addiction and no one will be able to stop you!