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Zolpidem Addiction Treatment

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You can get better…with help!

Has your zolpidem use led you down a dark, unwanted path to addiction?

We’ve got good news. You can get better! In fact, addiction is a medical condition. When treated medically, you can live a life of purpose and satisfaction. You can live totally drug-free.

So, if you have dealing with zolpidem addiction on your own, it may be time to seek help. Trying to quit by yourself can be difficult and less effective than seeking professional help. So, if you’ve tried (and failed) to quit zolpidem in the past, we encourage you to think about seeking help.

Here, we’ll review best practices in the treatment of addiction. We’ll shed light on the medical treatments and what every reputable rehab should have in place. Also, we’ll cover how you can help a loved one cope with addiction. Then, we welcome your questions at the end of the article. In fact, we try to respond to all real-life questions with a personal and prompt reply.

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How does addiction happen?

Addiction occurs when you use a psychoactive drug – like zolpidem – for its effects on the brain. It can start with prescription use that turns to abuse, or it can start when you start taking zolpidem to get high. Why does addiction occur? Even after first use, zolpidem starts to stimulate the GABA receptors in the brain. With time and repeated use, the medication can change the structure and function of your brain in lasting ways…making it extremely difficult to live without zolpidem.

However, people who abuse zolpidem face the highest risk of becoming addicted. Examples of abuse include:

  • using more zolpidem than prescribed
  • taking it more frequently than recommended
  • taking it for reasons other than what it was prescribed for
  • mixing it with alcohol and/or other drugs
  • taking it recreationally to feel sedated and high

Luckily, with the right detox, addiction treatment program, and aftercare services you too can quit zolpidem for good. Continue reading to learn more, and remember to send us your questions via the comments section at the bottom of the page. For inquiries about rehab options call our helpline immediately.

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Is Zolpidem Addictive?

YES! In fact, zolpidem is more addictive than most people would think.

Zolpidem has been classified as a Schedule IV drug, meaning that it may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence. However, zolpidem can produce many of the signs and symptoms of addiction even if you take it as prescribed at therapeutic doses. People who take it longer, more frequently, and in larger doses than prescribed are especially at risk of experiencing:

Addiction
Cravings
Dependence
Tolerance
Withdrawal

…and other common psychological, physiological, and behavioral side effects that follow zolpidem abuse and addiction.

However, not everyone will experience the same reactions or side effects to zolpidem, nor the same degree of dependence and withdrawal. This leads to the conclusion that there are more factors that influence a person’s likeliness of developing addiction. Some of those factors include:

Genetics – People with a family history of substance abuse disorders (especially parents or closest relatives) have a 50% higher chance of developing addiction themselves.

Trauma experienced at a young age – Including psychological trauma, abuse, loss of a loved one, high stress living environment, and/or dysfunctional family dynamics.

Mental health issues – Especially mood disorders such as chronic anxiety and depression.

Your individual biological makeup – Some people experience super-sensitivity to the rewards of drugs or to “the way the drug makes you feel.”

Gender – Women do not metabolize zolpidem with the same efficiency as men. This results in plasma concentrations that are up to 50% higher than an equivalent dose/lbs for men.

There are a lot more factors that can be the causes of addiction. The above items are some of the most commonly reported reasons by people seeking addiction treatment in most cases. But, regardless of what lead you to addiction, achieving recovery requires professional treatment for addiction, dependence, or withdrawal…even for those with no history of addiction or clinical use of other drugs.

So, if you feel like your life has been thrown off course due to zolpidem addiction, don’t panic. Recovery can get you back on track. Call 1-877-503-7729 today and learn about your treatment options.

Effectively Breaking Free From an Addiction

Treatment for any kind of addiction should aim to address the underlying problems that are causing the drug use in the first place. Since everyone’s reasons for using drugs are different, treatment should be flexible to meet unique needs. Tailor-made treatment programs treat zolpidem addiction on a physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, and spiritual level by choosing the perfect mix of therapies for YOU.

What are some of the most effective treatments for addiction? Here are the basic choices you can choose from when looking for reputable addiction treatment that fits your needs.

CHOICE 1: INPATIENT OR OUTPATIENT SETTING

Inpatient (residential) treatment is usually the best place to detox and withdraw from zolpidem, achieve physical stabilization, and continue the therapeutic part of the treatment program. At a residential rehab, you have no outside stressors, round-the-clock support from medical staff, and a limited access to the drug. Without this structured and supportive environment, relapse is a common outcome.

Outpatient treatment can be difficult to undertake when quitting due to the psychological side of addiction. The emotional attachment and behavioral habits can put a strain on you as you try to balance zolpidem addiction treatment and work, school, or home responsibilities.

CHOICE 2: PROGRAM DURATION 

Once you decide upon a treatment setting, you’ll need to commit to a length of time in treatment. Common durations for inpatient treatment are 30, 60, or 90 day episodes. Common durations for outpatient treatment average 3-4 months, but may be more effective over the course of 1-2 years. Longer rehab stays are more recommended for people with more serious zolpidem addiction as they offer significantly higher success rates and allow more time for physical and psychological stabilization, therapy, and education.

CHOICE 3: THERAPIES AND TREATMENTS

Reputable rehab centers facilitate individual and group therapy, skills training, and more. You’ll want to be sure that the rehab has some form of psychotherapy + access to doctors who can supervise detox and/or prescribe medications to help you during withdrawal or maintenance of sobriety. Some of the more common therapy methods used in rehab may include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Contingency management

…and other interventions.

In addition, addiction programs usually offer alternative holistic options such as yoga, mindfulness, meditation, art therapy, music therapy, and even animal therapy. When applied together, the mix of evidence-based and holistic therapies can maximize your chances of successful recovery and long-lasting sobriety.

To get more information about treatment facilities that offer the services you need to become zolpidem-free, contact our representatives at 1-877-503-7729. They understand what you are going through and will assist you in selecting the best treatment center… one that’s just right for you.

How do I get better?

When zolpidem starts to take a toll on your health, relationships, and financial stability…it’s causing more harm than good. So, the first thing you should do to get the help you desperately need is stop being in denial about the problem you are battling. Nobody chooses to become an addict, BUT you can choose to get treatment and get better.

If you are ready to get help NOW, call our hotline at 1-877-503-7729 for a free and confidential conversation. Simply pick up the phone and talk to a trained counselor to determine the next step and find a zolpidem treatment facility that suits your needs.

What happens when you call our hotline?

Calling a helpline and speaking with a recovery support specialist can save time and make you feel more comfortable. Hotline staff understand addiction. They know that is it a medical condition. They will not judge or shame you. When you call the hotline, you can talk openly and honestly about:

  1. Your zolpidem abuse and addiction.
  2. How long you’ve been using the medication.
  3. How much and how often you take zolpidem.
  4. Whether or not you’re drinking or using other drugs.
  5. Other mental health issues you’re battling.

When you CALL 1-877-503-7729, we’ll listen. We know that it can be hard to pick up the phone. So, expect to talk with a caring and non-judgmental person. Hotline staffers have been trained to understand addiction as a medical condition and will offer strategies and information about treatment services that can best help you. The call is:

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If you are ready to turn your life for the better, don’t wait any longer. We’ll work to get you the help you need. Contact us today and let us help you get on the right track.

You are not alone.

What happens in rehab?

Wondering what happens when you enter a treatment program? Here is what you can expect throughout a typical stay in addiction treatment.

STEP #1: INTAKE EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT

The process of intake evaluation and assessment is the first step in any treatment program. At this time, you will be interviewed to provide the context necessary to create an individualized treatment plan FOR YOU. During this time, your physical and psychological state will be evaluated, and you might even be drug tested.

STEP #2: DETOXIFICATION

Zolpidem detoxification consists of two stages:

Stage 1: Tapering off of zolpidem by taking progressively smaller dosages of the drug until its use can be stopped without triggering severe withdrawal symptoms. Your tapering schedule will be created with the help of a doctor and based on your daily dose and physical response.

Stage 2: Medical detoxification under the watchful eye of detox clinic staff to manage the onset of withdrawal symptoms after you come off zolpidem completely. Having a 24-hour supervision and support is crucial during this period as zolpidem is completely removed from your body.

STEP #3: THERAPY

After you successfully complete detox, you will move on to the next stage of treatment and attend therapy sessions and counseling. During therapy, you will learn a multitude of useful techniques and skills that help you build a life that doesn’t depend on zolpidem. Therapy can be done one-on-one, in a group, or involve the whole family. When the family remains active in their loved ones zolpidem addiction recovery, it usually results in better treatment outcomes. Main goals of therapy in addiction treatment include:

Acquiring positive and sober habits.
Anger and stress management skills.
Eating right.
Engaging in wellness activities.
Managing your cravings.
Minimizing relapse.
Uncovering and resolving the underlying causes of addiction.

STEP #4: AFTERCARE

Treatment for addiction addiction often continues after you leave a facility. In fact, aftercare and relapse prevention are a crucial step of the recovery process and can increase your chances of rehab success. Aftercare typically includes a stay in a sober house, continued counseling/talk therapy,

Getting Over Fear of Zolpidem Withdrawal

If you’ve ever attempted to quit zolpidem suddenly and on your own, you may know that the extreme panic can feel overwhelming. Symptoms of withdrawal occur within 48 hours of the last taken dose. However, when managed medically, these symptoms can be less severe and intense. In fact, correct tapering of zolpidem and medical oversight during detox can reduce the severity or intensity of the following:

  • anxiety
  • abdominal cramps
  • cravings
  • delirium
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • nausea or vomiting
  • panic attacks
  • rapid heart rate and breathing
  • rebound insomnia
  • seizures
  • tremors

We know that zolpidem withdrawal can be scary…but it doesn’t have to be.

A certified rehab program can make sure that your withdrawal experience is safe. Medical detox can help alleviate some of the discomfort with the use of psychological support and prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition, a special diet and alternative medicines like acupuncture can also assist the withdrawal process.

Don’t let the fear of withdrawal keep you addicted! If you need help quitting zolpidem or want to get help for someone you care about, call 1-877-503-7729 TODAY to speak with a recovery support specialist.

Luxury or Executive Addiction Treatment

If running your business and keeping a low profile are some of your concerns when thinking about going to rehab, then a luxury or executive treatment center may be right for you. This type of upscale rehab offers numerous amenities and high-end services so that the rehabilitation process complements your responsibilities. While these amenities do come at a higher price, many individuals find that these extra comforts allow them to get the most of their substance use recovery.

Reputable executive programs include the following features:

Confidentiality – Luxury and executive private rehab programs offer the highest amount of security available. These facilities are located in secluded resort-like areas, offer private transport, and place confidentiality as their top priority.

Fewer patients – Upscale rehabilitation facilities maintain a lower staff-to-patient ratio to make sure they offer the most personalized care. This way, medical staff have more time to dedicate to each individual patient’s needs, rather than running you through a standard treatment protocol.

High-end services – Executive and luxury programs tend to include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Fitness and nutritional counseling
  • Larger and more private rooms
  • Private trainers
  • Professional chefs
  • Spa treatments
  • Yoga and meditation classes

…and many other services.

Business amenities – Luxury and executive treatment centers usually feature workspaces, meeting rooms and access to the Internet. They also allow you to bring your smartphone and laptop with you and use it on a limited basis during the stay, so you can continue to operate your business while working through the treatment program.

Is luxury or executive rehab the type of treatment you are looking for? We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-503-7729 to help you find the best program for you.

Helping a Loved one with Zolpidem Addiction

If you suspect that a loved one is abusing zolpidem, you need to understand that you cannot make someone get help. Addiction treatment needs to be willing in order to be successful. So, what are some first steps to take?

First, talk about your concerns directly. You can approach them personally and try to discuss their willingness to get help. Your conversation should be calm and objective. Confronting your loved one with judgement, anger, blame or threat does NOT help…in fact, it can only make matters worse. Keep these phrases in mind:

“It really is up to [NAME] to decide to make this change.”
“No one else can do it for them.”
“No one else can make anyone go to rehab.”

When the person is not responding to your suggestions, you can consider an intervention with the help of a licensed interventionist AND seek professional help from a psychotherapist or treatment center. When you are seeking professional help CALL 1-877-503-7729 to assess and evaluate a loved one’s problem. Questions we typically ask include:

  1. Which substance/drug does the person abuse?
  2. What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
  3. How do they abuse zolpidem?
  4. How long they’ve been showing signs of addiction?
  5. How much can they afford to pay for treatment?
  6. Is insurance an option?
  7. Could you (and/or other close family members) help them out financially?
  8. Does the addicted individual suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders?

In the meantime, you can additionally emphasize personal choice and control by looking into the Community Reinforcement and Family Training or the CRAFT Model of therapy. CRAFT helps families move their loved one toward treatment while improving their own lives.

Finally, when the person does choose to seek treatment, it’s important to stay involved and offer support when possible. You can encourage peer support for your loved one. Look into 12 Step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Pills Anonymous for them, and Al-Anon for you.

Ongoing Treatment After Rehab

Ongoing treatment – a.k.a. aftercare – takes place after an initial addiction treatment program finishes. Aftercare programs provide a variety of services such as social networking and long-term therapy, and they can last for as long as you need. Ongoing support and treatment can come in the form of:

  • Alumni support
  • Touchup counseling
  • Sober living arrangements
  • Support groups

Relapse prevention is another crucial part of aftercare programs. During relapse prevention training ,you will learn techniques that help you alter your behavior in order to avoid high-risk situations, and respond in healthy ways. Here is what a relapse prevention plan usually consists of:

  • Learning about the relapse process.
  • Training in identifying warning signs and high-risk situations.
  • Developing coping skills and stress-management skills.
  • Addressing pleasant memories of stimulant use.
  • Reminding users not to test the limits of their sobriety.
  • Developing a lifestyle that’s protective.
  • Coaching in addressing slips.

This is a long task list, which is why aftercare help extends into the weeks and months that follow formal treatment.

If you or someone you care about needs help with zolpidem addiction, you can call us at 1-877-503-7729 for help in finding the right addiction rehab and aftercare program.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Prescription Sedative Misuse and Abuse
NCBI: Zolpidem dependence, abuse and withdrawal: A case report
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders

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2 Responses to “Zolpidem Addiction Treatment
Georgette
1:02 am April 21st, 2017

i’m addicted to ambien

4:22 pm April 21st, 2017

Hi Georgette. Feel free to call the helpline number to get in touch with professionals that can help find the right treatment program, work through insurance, payment options, location, and any other details. Calls are completely free and confidential.

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