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5 Scary Effects of Ambien

It might seem like there’s little danger from taking a prescription medication given to you by your doctor. It’s easy to think that if a medication is legal and your doctor gives it to you, it’s safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Medications often come with the risk of side effects—many of them serious in nature—and some are habit-forming and can lead to addiction. Ambien is one such medication and should be used carefully.

Ambien is a brand name for the drug zolpidem. It’s a sedative-hypnotic drug that calms the brain to help you fall asleep. That’s why it’s prescribed for insomnia. The trouble is that Ambien is intended for you to use for up to two weeks at a time, yet insomnia is often an ongoing problem. When you continue taking this medication, it carries the risk of addiction and serious side effects.

Have you been taking Ambien and are now misusing it, or you find it hard to stop using it? It’s possible that you’ve become addicted to this sleep aid. Treatment professionals can help you determine whether you have an addiction and which treatment methods can help.

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Side Effects and Addictive Qualities of Ambien

Some of the side effects of Ambien are dizziness, daytime sleepiness and mood changes. It can also lead to more serious side effects, including aggression and thoughts of suicide. And this is the drug you may have heard about that can cause the rare side effect of engaging in an activity while sleeping but not recalling it afterward. This is very problematic and potentially dangerous, because people have operated a vehicle or had unprotected sex while asleep, without remembering doing so. The risk of this side effect increases if you are using other sedative substances, such as alcohol, along with Ambien.

When you use Ambien long-term, you can develop a tolerance to it. This means that you’ll need to take more of the medication to achieve the same benefits you once were getting at a lower dose. With long-term or high-dose use, you can also become dependent on this drug, resulting in withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop. You might feel nervous, nauseous and experience other symptoms. Also, when you stop taking Ambien, you may experience rebound insomnia, finding it difficult to sleep for a couple of nights. This effect could cause you to go back to Ambien to find relief and be able to sleep, which makes it harder to quit.

If you don’t stop using this sleep aid, you might develop behaviors characteristic of addiction. Ambien is an addictive substance, with a higher risk if you’re prone to addiction or you already have another substance use disorder. Are you addicted to Ambien? If so, you might place too much focus on using and getting more of it. You might stop doing other activities you enjoy, because your life now revolves around the drug use. And Ambien could be causing problems in other areas of your life—maybe you don’t have money for other things because you spend it on Ambien, or you become unreliable at work because of your drug use—yet despite these problems, you don’t stop taking the drug. These problems can worsen if you’re using more than one substance.

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Treatment for Ambien Addiction

If your Ambien use has led you down the path of addiction, it’s possible for you to stop going in this direction and find a new way forward. Professional treatment can make it easier to overcome an addiction and improve your chance of achieving a successful recovery.

At Transformations Treatment Center, we can offer the right treatment plan that’s based on research yet individualized for your unique needs and goals. We provide a detoxification program through our Summit Detox facility, as well as rehab treatment programs once you have detoxed from the drug.

During the detox process, you might be tapered off of Ambien and/or given medications to ease the withdrawal process and manage symptoms. You will be in a sober environment away from substances, and we will monitor you to ensure your comfort and safety. This step helps you get past the hurdles associated with stopping the drug use and overcoming the acute withdrawal stage.

Once you’re past that point, you can focus on factors that led you to addiction and ways you can live your life going forward, so you don’t end up back on the same path again. In rehab treatment, we help you change the behaviors you’ve developed from addiction. And when your rehab treatment is complete, we will continue to provide you with an ongoing helping hand through our aftercare program.

Holistic, Individualized Treatment

We take a holistic approach to addiction treatment, so we can make sure we address every part of the problem. This might include diagnosing and treating any co-occurring mental health or substance use disorders.

While we follow evidence-based treatments and take a holistic approach, we will customize your experience to best help you as an individual. Your experience could include different levels and tracks of our partial hospitalization, outpatient or intensive inpatient programs. We provide various housing choices should you need them, depending on the program.

If you allow us to individualize a treatment plan for you, we can empower you to stop the Ambien addiction and the problems it’s causing in your life. We can help you find a new path and move forward. Contact us today to start your journey.

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