Phenobarbital Addiction Treatment

A comprehensive guide to phenobarbital addiction treatment.

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Break Free From Addiction!

Unable to control your Phenobarbital use?

Don’t be scared. We are here to help you.

This article provides you with basic information about the treatment process. We’ll review best practices in addiction treatment and outline the benchmark signs of the problem. We also have a section dedicated to loved ones… with suggestions on how you can help an addict. More here on addiction to Phenobarbital. Then, we invite your questions in the comments section at the end.


Ready to take the first step towards a happy and sober life? We can help you get there, but you must be:

100% DEVOTED to your recovery.

Your recovery journey starts immediately after you call us at 1-877-505-7214.


Is Phenobarbital Addictive?

Yes. Phenobarbital can be addictive when you take it long-term and/or if you use it recreationally.

How do you know when things have gotten out of hand with Phenobarbital? Here are some benchmark signs of addiction to look for. You could be addicted if you:

  • are unable to cut down on use.
  • are unable to fulfill obligations at home, work, or school because of Phenobarbital.
  • continue to use despite relationship problems.
  • experience withdrawal syndrome when you lower or cut dosing.
  • fight with strong urges to use.
  • give up important activities because of Phenobarbital.
  • need for larger amounts to achieve the desired effect.
  • spend a lot of time acquiring or recovering from Phenobarbital.
  • use Phenobarbital in larger amounts over time.

and finally …

If you continue to use Phenobarbital despite the presence of a physical or a mental problem caused by it – then you most certainly need treatment. But take hope! Addiction is a medical condition that CAN be treated. Millions of those who succeeded testify that treatment is an effective tool for overcoming a drug compulsion.

Rehab placement specialists can help you decide on the right option for you. Let us help you take back your future. CALL 1-877-505-7214.

Fear of Phenobarbital Withdrawal

Those dependent on Phenobarbital may suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to quit or significantly reduce doses on their own. Withdrawal symptoms usually begin between 8-12 hours after the last dose. But should you fear withdrawal?

No, there is no need to fear detox when withdrawal is managed medically.

Medical management of Phenobarbital withdrawal is recommended in cases of drug dependence. In fact, medically supervised detox is usually necessary to address uncomfortable symptoms AND mitigate risks. It can help you avoid profound complications, some which can even end fatally if you were to try to detox on your own. Phenobarbital withdrawal symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • dizziness or visual distortions
  • forgetfulness
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • muscle twitching
  • nausea
  • progressive muscle weakness
  • tremors in hands and fingers
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

Factors that affect Phenobarbital withdrawal include:

  1. Age: Children need longer than adults to detox from phenobarbital.
  2. Dosage at the time of quitting: Higher doses = longer detox.
  3. Length of time of Phenobarbital ab(use): Longer (ab)use = longer withdrawal period.
  4. Medical or mental health problems.
  5. The length and severity of withdrawal symptoms

These factors make the medical management of detox necessary. Don’t take a gamble when you’re coming off Phenobarbital. Seek professional help for a safe, good start to recovery.

Breaking Free From Addiction

We all have moments of confronting the truth. If you are “neglecting the problem”, simply because you do not have the force within you to face it … you cannot make addiction just disappear. Opening your eyes and acknowledging addiction is the first step to healing.

Again, you can’t heal if you don’t recognize the potential cause of the problem. This is the main purpose of the medical system. Doctors, counselors and other addiction specialists are trained to assess diagnose, and create a treatment plan that best answers your needs.

You must be willing and prepared to understand the reasons behind your addiction. If you are in denial about your Phenobarbital addiction, we can help you recognize it, and overcome it. Call 1-877-505-721 for immediate help and treatment guidance.

Why Your Treatment Plan is so Important

In order for treatment to work, each addiction recovery plan should be custom made to fit your needs. A “cookie-cutter” approach to treatment does not guarantee success. Because each case of addiction is influenced by individual and unique causes, treatment plans should take these into account. Main decisions about treatment include:

DECISION #1: Residential vs. Non-Residential Settings 

The selection of an inpatient or outpatient treatment setting depends upon your:

  • Current employment status
  • Home environment
  • Mental and medical health history
  • Severity of addiction
  • Support system

Residential treatment programs are highly recommended by professionals because they are able to incorporate different treatment components in a single setting. Inpatient addiction programs provide care and administer a specialized treatment plan in a safe and 24/7 controlled environment. Residential hospitality allows you to fully dedicate your energies and recover for the prescribed treatment duration.

Non-residential treatment programs provide detox, counselling and other rehab-related services during the day, and then allow you to return to your home, or a sober living facility in the evening. This treatment setting can be a great solution for those with a less severe case of addiction or for those who are highly motivated to get better.

DECISION #2: 30, 60, 90 DAY programs

The average minimum time spent in rehab is 30+ days. However, 60 and 90 day programs offer significantly higher success rates as they allow more time for physical and psychological stabilization, therapy, and education. Still, you’ll need to decided on how long you can afford to stay in treatment or be away from life responsibilities.

DECISION #3: Therapies included in your treatment

A custom treatment plan will take into consideration your personality, interests, and needs. Possible therapies during addiction treatment will include:

  • Detox services + medical assistance to help you easily manage Phenobarbital withdrawal
  • Dual diagnosis treatment to address multiple substance abuse disorders, behavioural addictions, or psychiatric conditions
  • Family and/or couples therapy
  • Holistic treatment
  • Individual therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Recovery groups and/or meetings

What happens when you call our hotline?

When you call our hotline, our staff will respond quickly. We are available day or night. And we understand that addiction is a medical condition. We will not judge you. We will listen and offer a compassionate ear.

Our main goal is to provide you with information about Phenobarbital addiction treatment. We’ll make sure you feel comfortable discussing your personal situation. A specialist will spend as much time with you as you need to help you find treatment that best answers your needs.

You can talk openly with our hotline staffers about:

  • your drug of choice
  • how long you’ve been using
  • how much and how often you use
  • whether or not you’re drinking or using other drugs
  • other mental health issues you’re battling

What Are the Stages of Treatment?


This is the initial phase and the starting point of your recovery. During this stage, rehab staff gather information on your current situation, history of drug abuse, and family history. Before you proceed to the actual treatment protocol, staff need to determine the severity of your Phenobarbital addiction. They will facilitate diagnostic tests and/or screenings to best determine how the program can most optimally tailor treatment to you and your specific needs. Finally, you’ll need to finalize financial arrangements for treatment.


This phase of treatment helps medically remove all traces of Phenobarbital from your body. In some cases, maintenance medication(s) are given to ease the withdrawal symptoms. The severity of the detox procedure varies according to:

  • Your unique body composition and metabolism.
  • The particular drug and dosage being used.
  • How long the drug has been taken.
  • The presence of any other addictions involved.

NOTE: Phenobarbital detox is generally a safe process when undergone in a supervised medical setting. Since detox can be very severe, it’s not advised to detox on your own at home. Our team is available 24/7/365 to help you at 1-877-505-7214.


In addition to providing a safe and drug-free environment in which to recover,rehabs usually provide psychotherapy and behavioral therapies that can help you get to the root causes of your addiction. The goal of treatment is to help you adopt behaviors that don’t include Phenobarbital (ab)use. These therapies may include:

  • Access to medical services.
  • Education.
  • Family therapy.
  • Individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Nutritional counselling and wellness activities.
  • Psychotherapy and behavioural therapies.
  • Thorough planning for aftercare programs.

…and other supportive services.


Maintaining sobriety is equally important as achieving it. A reputable rehab should continue their help even after you leave residency. Continued care and relapse prevention are an essential step of the recovery process and can increase your chances of success.

Since we’ve introduced you with the structure of an addiction treatment program, you are now better prepared for what to can expect. Our treatment support advisors can help with the research. Call us today at 1-877-505-7214.

What Types of Co-occurring Disorders Exist With Phenobarbital?

Co-occurring Disorders = Substance Abuse Disorder + Mental Illness

Those suffering from a metal heath disorder are about twice as likely to use and abuse a barbiturate such as Phenobarbital. People abuse barbiturates because they crave the pleasant psychoactive effects of these drugs, which are similar to those of alcohol. These prescriptions produce short-term effects of happiness, relaxation, talkativeness, and reduced inhibition.

When your Phenobarbital addiction is causing you mental health problems, then it is a part of a dual diagnosis and an appropriate treatment program is required.  In order to manage both conditions successfully you need:

  • the right course of treatment
  • strong support network and
  • continued care

The following therapies may help you on the road to overcoming a co-occurring disorder:

Medication. When you check into a dual-diagnosis recovery center, the doctor will often use medication in combination with psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy. Goals include reducing self-harming behaviors, minimize problematic beliefs, and develop healthier thinking patterns to sustain sobriety.

Luxury and Executive Treatment Centers for Phenobarbital Addiction

Q: What is the difference between luxury rehab centers and standard rehabs?

A: More freedom to continue your private and professional life.


a) Patient privacy. By keeping confidentiality secure, people feel more motivated to continue treatment, released of the pressure that someone will know about it. Such privacy means that only you and the people you’d choose will know about your recovery.

b) Amenities. In addition to medical and psychological treatment, these facilities offer exclusive yoga classes, special kitchens, spa centers, private rooms, and many more comforts. All of these assets bring the treatment program even closer to homey, allowing you to relax from the tension such addiction treatment programs bring in your life.

c) Access to work. You can continue to complete the professional tasks and responsibilities you have. Workspaces are specially designed for people in recovery to have free access to the internet and use their mobile phones.

d) Low patient to staff ratio. Exec or luxury rehabs have less patients who attend their recovery programs. In such conditions, the doctors will be more focused on your condition and strengthen the support by giving their full attention in your response to the program itself. This will also help for both you and your doctor to find out what works for you best.

If you are ready to start a treatment program, and want to have all the benefits previously described, do not wait a second more and call 1-877-505-721 for more information. The people behind this helpline will support you and are ready to listen to your individual needs!

How to Help A Loved One With Phenobarbital Addiction

How can you convince a loved one to attend a therapy session?

You cannot.

Instead, a person needs to decide to seek help on his/her own. You can encourage them like: “I can see how responsible you are about your life. To really make a change, you must be the one who will decide about your own safety. I will support whatever your decision is.”

Also, you should learn more about the 12 Steps support groups such as: Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You might also want to look for CRAFT Model of family training that will show you how a family support can have impact on the treatment results.

When doing a research try to find answers for the following questions:

  1. What other drugs or alcohol, beside Phenobarbital do you think s/he’s using?
  2. How do they abuse Phenobarbital (orally, snorting, smoking, injecting)?
  3. How long do you suspect they have been using?
  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?

If you already see symptoms that clearly describe an addictive condition, ask for help now on 1-877-505-721.

Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention

Successful completion of a treatment program means only one thing…you finished rehab. In order to stay sober, you’ll need an aftercare plan to outline the weeks and months after discharge. This plan defines ways that you will secure a Phenobarbital-free life in your everyday surroundings. The program may include care from support groups, ongoing counseling programs, or sober living housing.

A good rehab will introduce the following BEFORE you leave the center:

  • Develop coping skills and stress-management skills
  • Learn how to address struggles and falls
  • Learn how to limit your sobriety challenges
  • Learn the relapse process
  • Learn to identify warning signs and high-risk situations
  • Stimulate positive thinking

With a strong aftercare plan, you can continue to work on your recovery even when rehab is over.

If you’re struggling with Phenobarbital addiction, don’t wait to call 1-877-505-721. We’re here 24-7 and waiting for your call.

Reference Sources: NCBI: What is barbiturate dependence and who is at risk?
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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