Ambien and Sleeping Pill Addiction

Addiction to Ambien and various other sleeping medications has drastically increased in recent years.  Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic drug, with effects similar to Valium or Xanax, that is frequently prescribed to people for a temporary solution for insomnia.

Although many physicians do frequently prescribe Ambien, they often frequently urge patients to seek other more permanent, long-term treatment for insomnia that lasts longer than the quick-fix of a sleeping pill.  Ambien does not actually heal insomnia, but rather it masks the problem, which is often caused by some other physical or mental problem and underlying condition that disrupts normal sleep patterns. Long-term use of Ambien can lead to physical or psychological dependency, eventually requiring drug detox and inpatient drug rehab.

Unfortunately, Ambien has several characteristics that make it potentially very addictive. Ambien has a quick onset, and individuals can use the drug to fall asleep, but typically do not have any after-effects the next morning.  Ambien can have dangerous side effects when taken in conjunction with other substances, especially with other central nervous system depressants and alcohol.  Individuals who continually take Ambien build up a physical tolerance, eventually increasing their doses and eventually leading to rebound insomnia if taken off the drug.  Unfortunately, Ambien is also frequently used in suicide attempts and attempts at heavy and unhealthy sedation.  If you or someone you know has a problem with Ambien or other sleep-inducing drugs, Passages can help.

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