A prescription drug usually recommended for people with sleep disorder. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
Some drugs are called sedative-hypnotics and Ambien is a member of the drugs. The same medical effectiveness is found in this non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same dangerous and habit-forming features those drugs are known for.
The original purpose Ambien was formulated was to provide relief to people with sleep disorder without the risk of their becoming hooked on the drug.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
It is when people suffer insomnia after quitting the drug that it dawns on some people that they are addicted to it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
Strong desire for the drug
Loss of memory with regards to previous harmful experiences
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
If you use Ambien for some weeks, its potency reduces. At this stage some users are unable to quit taking this drug because their insomnia has worsened to the point they cannot manage to sleep without Ambien.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. A pervasive advertising and marketing campaign popularised the properties of the drug as a sleep aid and make them known widely which then notoriously made it popular. This is a medication which is commonly used as a temporary treatment for insomnia. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. Slang terms for Ambien include the following: no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
Ambien can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of the brain.
Before Ambien, benzodiazepines like Halcion were used but were criticized for their addictive properties, so Ambien was introduced into the market as an alternative. The manufacturers of Ambien marketed it as a not so addictive alternative.
Doctors still say Ambien has the potential to become addictive the more an individual uses. A report on sedative abuse by addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver was published in 2015, 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 material. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that it means that people aren't likely to use it recreationally. The reality is Ambien is abused because it causes euphoria and hallucinations.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Even it is also considered abuse if you take an extra tablet for a little help in sleeping. The need to overdose on the drug becomes stronger as the body responds slowly to the effects of the drug.
This empowers their addiction to the drug to sleep and causes many users to increase their doses without medical instruction.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but many people are known to ingest the drug hours before heading to bed. The early stages, after ingestion of Ambien, the drug gives rise to euphoria that gives a sense of washing away insecurity and any self-conscious behaviour.
Just because Ambien has a less risk of overdose than other benzodiazepines does not make it any safer to get addicted to. It may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
Ambien has the potential to cause respiratory problems because it has the ability to reduce the performance of the central nervous system. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. Unusually slow breathing or heartbeat is a strong indication that the user is in trouble.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Oftentimes when someone's tolerance to Ambien builds, they need higher doses of the drug to fall asleep. Some people with an Ambien tolerance try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. The activities of the central nervous system are usually inhibited by alcohol and Ambien, giving the combination a lethal undertone.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
The risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to combining these drugs with alcohol with the most dangerous substances at hand.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the withdrawal symptoms. 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. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.