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Ambien Detox – Treatment Options, Duration, And Outcomes

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Ambien detox is the first phase of treatment for its addiction. It involves the removal of drug molecules from the bloodstream. Because it is very addictive, doctors advise not quitting cold turkey. In fact, doing so may cause severe withdrawal symptoms. As a matter of fact, doctors recommend that you wean off it step by step to make the withdrawal more tolerable. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) forms the primary method of detox for most common highly addictive drugs. No doubt, the same applies in the case of Ambien detox.

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A Quick Overview Of Ambien

Ambien is a hypnotic medication available only with a doctor’s prescription. It induces sleep in patients who have difficulty falling asleep. It utilizes a chemical called Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) which inhibits certain brain signals and decreases activity in your nervous system.

Ambien Detox: What Is It?

There are two options to choose from.
First, patients can choose to stay at home during their detox. However, it’s important to visit a doctor on a regular basis. The doctor may prescribe some other medications to support and assist in the detox process. They must first evaluate the degree of addiction and severity of the patient’s symptoms. In the same way, they also measure a patient’s response to the treatment. This process of monitoring a patient’s recovery through regular consultation with a doctor is classified as an outpatient service.
Alternatively, a patient can stay at a designated treatment center. Here, they will have 24-hour access to benefits such as a drug-free environment, therapy sessions, and continual supervision. Ongoing consultation with a mental health professional is also available. This process of monitoring a patient’s recovery in a full time live-in facility is classified as an inpatient service. It may be more beneficial for those with more severe Ambian addictions.

Key Takeaways

Ambien addicts have options for detoxing and treating their addiction. However, before opting for either of the treatment services mentioned above, consult wit a doctor and speak to your family members. Conduct research about the available facilities and overall cost of detox treatment.

How Long Will Ambien Detox Last?

A typical Ambien detox period will last for about a week. However, if a patient has a long history of abuse a full detox may take up to a month or more.
Ambien has a short half-life (2-3 hours.) Therefore, it takes about 24-48 hours to completely clear from the body. Nevertheless, various other factors may extend this period. This includes the amount of medication abused, the duration of the abuse, and presence of chrnoic diseases such as diabetes.
Also, the rate at which a patient progresses will determine the duration of the treatment.

What One May Feel During Ambien Detox?

Unfortunately, the process of detoxification is not pleasant at all. Nonetheless, the freedom associated with a drug-free lifestyle is often judged to outweigh the discomfort of detoxing from a particular drug.
Intense cravings and loss of sleep are most common experiences among those detoxing from Ambien. These unpleasant symptoms occur as the body is adapting to a new state where the drug no longer exists in the body.
Some may also develop seizures during the detox which may give a patient the urge to continue using Ambien. However, these seizures will end and the urge to use the drug will weaken as time passes.
A Benzodiazepine such as Valium may be administered if a patient experiences severe withdrawal symptoms. This class of medicine is typically used to treat anxiety and has a calming effect on the mind and physical systems. As a result, its use may ease withdrawal symptoms

What To Expect After Completing Ambien Detox Treatment?

A successful detox does not necessarily mean full sobriety has been achieved. It may be difficult, but with patience, determination, and support, an individual can over come their addiction(s) and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Consider taking the following measures to ease back into a sober lifestyle:

  • Manage stress with alternative physical activities like meditation, yoga and tai chi. These activities won’t treat an addiction but they may help to reduce anxiety, ensure better sleep and make patients more confident.
  • Take part in group or individual therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Such therapies make addiction and recovery more manageable by changing the way an individual responds to a stressor. Many studies have shown CBT to be effective in shortening the duration of addiction treatment and preventing relapse.
  • Retain a positive attitude and outlook.
  • Follow a routine and do activities as your doctor advises. Take your medications on time.
  • Realize the value of friends, family, and relationships. Strong emotional support during hard times is widely believed to help give a patient confidence during their treatment and recovery.
  • Take care of your physical health: eat well, get enough sleep, and do regular physical activity.

Want To Know More About Ambien Detox?

Most addiction centers will have a qualified team dedicated to providing comprehensive services to help addicts recover their lives. The team includes experienced and skilled professionals such as physicians, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other healthcare professionals. They work together to design addiction treatment plans for the unique needs of every patient.

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Sharon Levy, MD, MPH

After successful graduation from Boston University, MA, Sharon gained a Master’s degree in Public Health. Since then, Sharon devoted herself entirely to the medical niche. Sharon Levy is also a certified addiction recovery coach.


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