Zolpidem, which is also known as Ambien, is a non-benzodiazepine medication that has the same effect as benzodiazepines. Because of the sedative effects it offers, many people abuse the drug and use it for recreational purposes.
This article will shed light on everything from the effects of zolpidem abuse to the treatment for zolpidem addiction.
What Is Zolpidem
Zolpidem is a powerful sedative that is prescribed by doctors to patients suffering from insomnia. Zolpidem works by slowing down the central nervous system and the brain. While it is effective and can help patients fall asleep quicker and sleep better, it isn’t intended for long-term use.
Presently, Zolpidem is available in two forms. The first form releases very quickly and can help patients fall asleep rapidly. The second form releases slowly; this makes the drug perfect for maintaining sleep.
While the drug is marketed to be less addictive than benzos, it is worth noting that one may become addicted if abused or taken for more than the recommended period.
Zolpidem is sold under brand names like Zolpimist, Intermezzo, and Edluar. On the street, the drug is called zombie pills, sleep easy, A-minus, and tic-tacs.
Indications for Use
Zolpidem is recommended for the short-term treatment of chronic insomnia. After examining the condition of a patient, doctors will determine whether to recommend the quick release form, which helps to initiate sleep, or the slow release form, which helps to maintain sleep.
Z-drugs is a term used to categorize Ambien and its analogs. Below are some of the common analogs of Ambien: Zaleplon, Eszopiclone.
The Effects of Zolpidem Abuse
Taking more than the recommended dose of Zolpidem, using it recreationally, or taking it for more than the recommended period can cause serious health issues. You may experience side effects, even if you take the recommended dosage. Here are some of the side effects of zolpidem:
- Upset stomach
Taking more than the recommended dose may cause brain damage, coma, and even lead to death.
Note that the extended use of Zolpidem may cause an addiction to the medication.
Symptoms and Signs of Zolpidem Use
Patients who use zolpidem may start to exhibit physical, psychological, and/or behavioral symptoms.
- Muscle cramps
- Irregular heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
- Skin rashes
- Abdominal discomfort
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
- Anxiety and aggression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty remembering things
- Recreational use of the medication
- Depending on the medication
- Trying to buy the medication illegally
- Stealing the medication
- Declining performance at work and school
- Neglecting important responsibilities
Ambien Addiction Treatment Options
Overcoming Ambien addiction is possible only if patients seek help. After carrying out tests, doctors will recommend following treatment options to help patients overcome their addiction to the medication:
- Addiction education
Medical Treatment for Ambien Addiction
Most rehab programs for Ambien addiction take a medical approach to help patients overcome Ambien addiction. Detox, which is the first phase of the medical treatment, is done to flush the drug out of the system.
Psychological treatment is an important component of treatment because it helps to eliminate cravings and find out the root cause of addiction.
Inpatient Treatment vs. Outpatient Treatment for Ambien Addiction
After evaluating the symptoms experienced by patients, doctors will determine if an inpatient or an outpatient treatment program will be best.
Inpatient treatment is usually recommended for patients who have been abusing the medication for a long time and are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. Outpatient treatment is best suited for patients who abused the medication for a short time.
Process and Stages of Zolpidem Addiction Treatment in the Dr.Vorobjev Clinic
Ambien addiction treatment centers usually treat patients in stages. Below is an overview of what happens during each stage of the treatment:
Diagnosis of Ambien Addiction
Before any treatment is recommended, doctors will first carry out a series of tests. The result of the test will help doctors prepare a personalized treatment program for patients.
Ambien Detoxification Treatment
During this stage of the treatment, patients are slowly weaned off the medication while under the supervision of doctors.
Zolpidem addiction recovery also involves behavioral therapy and addiction education. Therapy will help patients build systems that will help them overcome their addiction.
The Average Length of Ambien Addiction Treatment
Zolpidem addiction treatment usually lasts for a couple of weeks. The treatment time may be extended if a patient is experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms.
Effectiveness of Treatment for Ambien Addiction
Ambien addiction treatment is effective and can help patients overcome their addiction to the medication.
Cost of Zolpidem Addiction Treatment
The cost of the treatment is determined by the severity of the symptoms a patient is experiencing and a few other factors. The cost of treatment at the Dr. Vorobjev Clinic starts at 2,700 €.
Our doctors are experienced and can address the needs of patients during each stage of the treatment.
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