Find Support For Sleeping Pill Addiction

Found to affect every 1 in 3 people here in the UK, insomnia is a challenging sleep disorder to experience. Through the struggles that insomnia results in, sleeping pills are a highly prescribed solution, to relieve the symptoms of sleep disorders.

While this may be music to the ears of many, who do struggle with broken, low-quality or sleep deprivation, down to the sedative-like effects of sleeping pills, they are however ranked as addictive.

Categorised as sedative-hypnotic drugs, consuming sleeping pills is found to offer effects of relaxation, of unwinding, of hypnotic-like encounters, and of numbing assets. However, those positive feelings are the drivers of sleeping pill addiction development, adapting the brain structure through positive reinforcement.

People with sleep disorders will understandably do whatever it takes to achieve quality sleep. While on the surface, sleeping pill consumption is an easy way to achieve that, the impacts they have on the central nervous system through long-term abuse isn’t worth it. From feeling awake to a sedated and numbing state can be very difficult to encounter, generic signs and symptoms of sleeping pill addiction.

Instead, it’s time to consider holistic support for sleep disorders, by completing sleeping pill addiction treatment & drug rehab. Here at Asana Lodge, we can help you access residential addiction treatment and therapies to privately work through prescription drug addictions.

How Does Sleeping Pill addiction Develop?

Sleeping pills, such as Zimovane and Restoril are prescribed to individuals to tackle symptoms of sleep disorders. Through this encounter, a vulnerability is already evident, through insomnia-like symptoms and the downfalls that follow. Sleep is something that we need to survive and lead balanced lives, which is why sleeping pills are helpful.

However, paired with such vulnerability, sleeping pills can be addictive if they are misused beyond prescription guidelines. Many prescriptions do encourage short-term consumption, to reduce the risks of addiction. Yet the desperation to sleep, combined with the positive reinforcers that sleeping pill exposure offers, it’s clear to see how ongoing consumption increases addiction risks.

Exposure to sleeping pills is safe if prescription guidelines are followed. Yet abusing such recommendations can result in an addiction, can result in dangerous consequences down to the hypnotic effect of sleeping pills, and can increase the risks of uncontrollable unconsciousness.

It’s vital to remember that sleeping pills are sedatives, which if abused can result in many physical and psychological side effects. Before such detriment, of health issues and expected accidents, sleeping pill addiction treatment & rehab programmes will be recommended.


Signs and Symptoms of Sleeping Pill Addiction

Signs and symptoms of sleeping pill abuse initially may be difficult to identify. This will especially be the case when consumption is low. However, as an addiction develops, physical and psychological changes will be inevitable, displaying signs through appearance, wellbeing, and behaviours.

Common signs and symptoms of sleeping pill addiction include:

  • Irritability
  • Low awareness of surroundings
  • Visual problems
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Drowsiness
  • Incoordination
  • Poor recall and memory
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Panic
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • High blood pressure
  • Withdrawal symptoms through breaks in consumption
  • The necessity of consuming sleeping pills
  • Using them as a reliance to sleep
  • Long-term abuse, even when faced with common consequences of addiction

Dealing with a sleeping pill addiction can be tough, as some will argue that sleep deprivation can result in many physical and psychological problems. Yet, exposure to addictive sleeping pills can not only damage your health but also result in the rebound effect, instead of promoting the need for holistic sleep support.

Aiming for sleeping pill addiction help and treatment, through our private drug and alcohol rehab will be encouraged.


Prescription Drug Addiction Detox

Detoxification is one of the most widely completed steps of drug rehab. It’s essential to slowly detox the body from an overwhelming trace of addictive substances, to aim for balance.

Via a rehabilitation centre, detoxification can be worked through comfortably and safely, by cutting off all exposure to sleeping pills, while also managing optimal levels of wellbeing. It’s understandable that the idea of sleeping pill withdrawal may seem daunting, as you may consume them every day/night. Support, treatment, and therapies will follow to help you remain sober, while also working to manage your sleep through holistic therapies.


Sleeping Pill Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Post-detox, sleeping pill addiction treatment & rehab services will be offered, commonly through  residential addiction treatment programmes, to work on strengthening recovery.

Addiction treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and stress management will work to understand the cause of your insomnia, while also gauging the feelings that sleeping pills offer. Through measuring the positive reinforcement that sleeping pill exposure offers, a programme of treatment can be recommended to manage symptoms.

It’s very important to understand triggers, with the aim to adapt such outlooks, deterring the need for sleeping pill exposure. Relapse prevention and aftercare will also contribute to this aim, by preparing clients for a life without any form of unhealthy reinforcer.

Sleeping pills are harmless through first use. However, if they offer positive reinforcers, which they are known to, their addictive traits can surface, increasing the risk of sleeping pill addiction. If you’re personally struggling, sleeping pill addiction treatment & rehab services will be here to help, found through our private rehab here at Asana Lodge.

We invite you to reach out with any questions you may have surrounding private drug and alcohol rehab, offered on a residential basis.

If you’re abusing sleeping pills, to help with your sleep quality, reaching out for initial withdrawal, followed by management steps will be recommended. Start the process here at Asana Lodge through sleeping pill addiction treatment & rehab services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you become addicted to over the counter sleeping pills?

While over the counter products carry greater accessibility, if misused, can still result in an addiction. Sleeping pills are designed for short-term use, to work alongside further management steps. If you’re struggling with a sleep disorder, searching for holistic treatments will be wise for long-term management.

What happens after sleeping pill addiction treatment and rehab?

Sleeping pill addiction treatment and rehab are the commencing steps towards drug addiction recovery. At this point, you’ll feel comfortable returning home, armed with your relapse prevention plan and aftercare services. Making use of holistic and healthy coping strategies will also be promoted to reduce uptake of sleeping pill exposure. Your nutrition, stress levels, lifestyle and mental health should all be observed and looked after to combat relapse of addiction.

How do you become addicted to sleeping pills?

Sleeping pills are addictive as they offer those with vulnerabilities the opportunity to relax, rest and sleep. As they stand as positive reinforcers, it can be difficult to see how damaging and quick-acting sleeping pills are when considering addiction. Without control, short-term consumption can turn into ongoing exposure, which results in addiction.


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