Ambien is a powerful sedative prescribed to people suffering from acute insomnia. Users can become addicted if they use Ambien longer than two weeks or at higher than prescribed doses.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. This non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" has the same medical effectiveness as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same hazardous and habit-forming properties those drugs are known for.
Ambien the not have the habit-forming qualities of benzos though it can be classified as an addictive substance.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
Many people don't know they have a problem until they stop taking the drug and realize they cannot sleep without it. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
Using too much money to buy the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
Temporary sleeplessness is the first sign of dependence on the drug. The addictive potential of Ambien is underestimated by some users as it's prescribed by the doctor and it is only used to help them sleep.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. At this point, some users can't stop taking the drug because their insomnia is even worse to the point they are no longer able to sleep without the drug, 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. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
By reducing the performance of the brain, the drug tranquilizes the user.
Ambien was primarily marketed as an alternative to benzodiazepines, like Halcion, which were coming under public scrutiny for their addictive potential and other side effects. The manufacturers of Ambien claimed that this drug was safer and less addictive than the others.
Despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's superiority over benzos, medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction. Dr. Michael Weaver who is a specialist in the subject of addiction published a report in 2015 in which he claimed that non-benzodiazepine Z drugs were also quite popular but were prone to many problems, which are similar to benzodiazepines.
Ambien falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that it means that 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 Abuse And Effects
Abuse of Ambien is using the drug, Ambien, without a prescription from a physician. Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. People typically need larger doses of Ambien when they build a tolerance for the drug.
This tolerance causes the user to need a bigger dose in order to fall asleep, they illegally give themselves higher dosages.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and 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. 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. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Typical Drug Combos
Most people combine Ambien with 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. This is dangerous because both the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
Some people have also combined Ambien 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 Misuse And The Stats
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by 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. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.