Sedative Hypnotics, From Prescription to Addiction

Most of the time when we talk about devastating drug addictions people are referring to an opioid like heroin, or an amphetamine like meth. But sedative hypnotics are prescription medications that can become addictive when taken for prolonged periods of time or taken inappropriately. The initial exposure to sedatives can come by way of medicating for insomnia or anxiety disorders, but can lead to a dependency on the drug that makes a person’s body dysfunctional without them.


What Drugs are Sedative Hypnotics?

Sedative hypnotics depress the central nervous system in order to slow down the body’s performance. They slow down respiratory functions, for instance. These drugs are prescribed for people who have a hard time sleeping or who suffer from chronic anxiety disorders in order to help their systems relax and stave off panic or anxiety. Because these drugs are prescribed by a doctor, like many forms of opioids, it can be difficult to pinpoint addiction. Some people take drugs like Xanax for years and according to prescription guidelines, but if they begin to feel weird or “off” without the drug, it’s a good chance that an addiction has or is forming.


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


Signs and Symptoms of Sedative Abuse

  • 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


What is It Like To Withdrawal From Sedatives?

If you have to go through Xanax Withdrawal, FHE Health offers up to date technology and a qualified staff of individuals who can work with you through your symptoms and also through a rehabilitation program after your detox. Xanax, one of the most common sedatives, and other sedatives can cause withdrawal symptoms almost right away. The physiological symptoms can last up to 4 days but like with most drug detox and rehab, psychological effects from drug abuse and addiction can last much longer.  


Some of the withdrawal symptoms are as follows:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle ache
  • Cardiac complications
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Numb extremities
  • Diarrhea
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Excessive sweating
  • Jaw tension

Each person struggling with a drug addiction to a sedative hypnotic drug will experience withdrawal differently depending on many different factors such as the person’s physical fitness, the amount of the drug they were taking, how frequently they were using, among others.


Treatment for Sedative Addiction in Florida

FHE Health offers sedative hypnotic addiction treatment, detox, rehab, and aftercare. It is best to go through the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal or other sedative withdrawal with a medical professional present. This helps avoid medical complications that are not necessarily treatable at home, but it also helps the person suffering through this chemical dependence on a drug that they likely thought was benign as it was a prescription, to ward off the cravings that will likely come. Being in a facility for detoxification, with people who you know you can trust will help you through the physical symptoms of withdrawal and into the hard work of untangling the psychological symptoms that come along with addiction.


If the person struggling with drug or alcohol abuse has a dual diagnosis, as so many do, they can be sure that FHE Health is equipped to deal with mental health disorders. Because so many people who are prescribed a sedative hypnotic are done so because they suffer from anxiety  or panic disorders, FHE is there with an excellent medical and therapeutic staff available. Contact us today for more information.


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