Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotics. Xanax and benzodiazepines share the same effects on people with Ambien although the latter does not have addictive properties like the former.
People who are battling prolonged sleeplessness are given the drug as a replacement for benzos by the manufacturers because its rate of addiction is less than that of benzos.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. Many people fail to realise that they are dealing with the problem, unless they refrain from taking the drug and come across difficulties with sleeping.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. When people start to experience the side effects of quitting a drug, they realize how addicted they were to the drug.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Buying the drug again after you have exhausted it
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Always wishing to take the drug
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Indulging in extra expenditure on the purchase of the drug
Remaining isolated from family and friends
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
Ambien becomes less and less effective after taking it for more than a couple weeks. In the absence of Ambien, some people cannot sleep and that makes it difficult for most addicts to break the addiction.
Zolpidem is sold as Ambien. Due to a pervasive advertising campaign, the drug's properties as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious) in popular culture. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
Ambien was marketed mainly as an alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, which are known for their addictive potential and other side effects. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that their drug was safer and less addictive.
Doctors still say Ambien has the potential to become addictive the more an individual uses. In 2015, addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver published a report on sedative abuse in which he said, "Non-benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines."
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled substance. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite the warning provided many users have abused the drug for the euphoric and hallucinatory properties which are present.
Ambien Misuse Effects
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. The addicted person requires larger doses to fall asleep once they build a tolerance to Ambien.
This usually strengthens their dependence on Ambien when looking to sleeping and causes many people to increase their doses without adequate guidance from a physician.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but many people are known to ingest the drug hours before heading to bed. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
In some ways, Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedatives because there is less potential to overdose on the drug. The feelings of those who use the drug according to instructions and those who abuse it share similar experience which makes it difficult to know if the recommended dosage has been exceeded or not.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Typical Drug Combos
One of the most common substances used with Ambien is alcohol. Someone who has become tolerant to Ambien will take higher dosages to be able to sleep. A number of people that have developed an Ambien tolerance often consume alcohol along with the pill to enhance the sedative effects from the drug. Either of the two can depress the central nervous system, and this can therefore be classified as dangerous.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
Exceeding the recommended dose exceeds all other side effects of using the drug with benzos, the same effect as using it with any alcoholic drink.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. The relapse and the issues caused by withdrawal symptoms are avoided with the help of detox process. A number of inpatient rehab centres or outpatient clinics can provide resources for the detox along with counselling to understand the behaviours which can lead to the use of Ambien. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.