Tranquilizers & Sedatives
Tranquilizers are used to combat mental illness and instability of all kinds. The drug, almost always taken in pill form, is classified into major and minor tranquilizers. The former, like its name denotes, is used to treat major form of mental illness, while the latter is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks. While most forms of sedatives, any drug that slows down the nervous system, are not widely misused, tranquilizers are. Ambien and barbiturates are two infamous downers, depressants, and sedatives.
These drugs can be extremely addictive and can cause dependence and withdrawal in addition to other side effects. Considering tranquilizers ease tension and stress, are highly addictive, and easily obtained from multiple doctors, reliance on sedatives may be a fluid and alarming transition from a relieved mind to a withdrawing body. According to drug information website for rehabilitation center Narconon, 140,000 people will abuse these drugs for the first time every year. The writer also adds that there are more than two million American users.
Just how addictive are these strangely common prescription pills? According to George Washington University, “barbiturates are one of the most addictive types of drugs.” Due to their mellowing nature, sedatives are often taken liberally to numb anxiety, stress, and depression.
The physical effects of sedatives and tranquilizers range from malfunctioning sexual activity to breathing disorders to intense withdrawal. When coming off a powerful drug like barbiturates, the detox patient may have fits of vomiting, seizures, nausea, tremors, and the depression and anxiety the users were taking the drugs to avoid in the first place. George Washington University writes on their website that withdrawal symptoms can onset in as little as 24 to 48 hours without taking the substances they are reliant on.
The dangers of powerful pills like sedatives and tranquilizers can extend even to the detox process, as it can be dangerous to cut off an addict completely, resulting in awful sickness and even death. Therefore the patient must be weaned off the drug at a clinically managed detox facility. Often the addicts of tranquilizers and other sedative drugs were running from mental illness, disorder, or imbalance when they abused the drug.
With the help of Dual Diagnosis treatment programs like Right Path the addict will go through extensive therapy to chisel down to the root cause of their unhappiness and disorder. With residential inpatient treatment, sedative addicts can learn to live a life of joy, free from the shackles of depression, panic, mania, suicidal thoughts, and the detrimental effects of drug addiction. Please call Right Path if you or someone close to you is having trouble with sedatives or tranquilizers or enroll in a twelve-step program right away.