Also called zolpidem, Ambien is a sedative that is effective in helping a person sleep. It can also cause nausea, fatigue, amnesia, and coordination problems. Ambien and other sleep aids cause a feeling of euphoria when used, which can quickly lead to abuse and addiction.
While many people begin using Ambien because of a real sleep disorder, others choose to experiment with the drug for the euphoria it causes. Those that abuse Ambien in this way usually crush the pills and snort them, causing the drug to rapidly absorb into the body. Overdose of this type of sedative is a risk because the drug causes loss of memory so quickly that the user might not remember how much they have already taken.
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Spike in body temperature
- Decrease appetite
Facts about Ambien Use
According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over half a million people are currently abusing Ambien and other sedatives. The United States Mental Health Department states that over 17,000 emergency-room visits each year are attributed to the misuse or overdose of Ambien.
Ambien can cause dependence, even when used as directed, and should be discontinued slowly and under the direction of a doctor. When stopped suddenly, Ambien causes withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Cravings for the drug
Signs of Ambien Use
Someone who is abusing Ambien will eventually begin to show signs and symptoms. They may be lethargic, irritable, and shaky, especially in the morning, or may sleep until late in the day. Family members and friends that are concerned about their loved one’s possible Ambien abuse should look for the following symptoms, according to Narconon:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Headaches the morning after
- Loss of coordination leading to unsteady walking
- Stomach pain
- Appetite changes
- Pain in muscles or joints
- Cravings for the drug
- Emotional dependence on the effects of the drug
- Depression as a result of using the drug
Treatment for Ambien Addiction
It is important that anyone who is struggling with Ambien addiction to seek help immediately. Treatment for this kind of addiction begins with detox, when the person will cleanse their system of the drug. Detox should be supervised, so that any symptoms can be monitored and addressed.
After detox the person will enter rehab, where they will learn techniques to function without the drug, and will learn the reasons for the drug addiction in the first place. Treatment usually occurs in individual and group sessions, and will consist of different types of therapies.
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