Sedatives Can Send People to Drug Rehab, Too

Many people know about painkillers sending people to rehab, along with street drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana. And then there is alcohol. But not as many people may realize that sedatives also send people to addiction recovery programs. 

There are two main kinds of prescription sedatives. They include barbiturates used mostly as strong tranquilizers but also to promote sleep. And there are other drugs that used as sleep aids. Barbiturates have been around for many decades but the sleep aid category is newer. Barbiturates include butabarbital (brand named Firoinal), phenobarbital (brand named Luminal), pentobarbital (brand named Nembutal), secobarbital (brand named Seconal) and amobarbital (brand named Amytal). 

Sleep aids that are commonly prescribed are Lunesta, Ambien, Imovane, Zimovane and Sonata. Despite what the advertising may tell you, these drugs are all habit-forming. 

Both classes of drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants. This means that the heart rate and breathing will slow down. A person who takes too much of these drugs can stop breathing, lose consciousness and even die. When one of these drugs is mixed with another type of CNS depressant, like alcohol, benzodiazepine or opiate, the combined effect can cause death. 

Being Damaged by Sedative Abuse 

As with most drugs, the only safety comes from avoiding drug use entirely. But once a person is on a path of abusing these drugs, it can be very hard for them to just stop. Many people will need drug rehab to achieve an end to drug abuse and addiction. 

But the family of a person who has become addicted to these drugs will know that damage is occurring, even if the drug user himself (or herself) manages to block out this knowledge. Jobs may be lost, money may be missing, and laws may be broken in the attempt to get the drugs that the addicted person feels he needs. A person abusing drugs begins to justify whatever actions are needed to acquire drugs and this is often the beginning of a moral slide. 

Abuse of sedatives is not restricted to adults. Some teens also abuse them. The Monitoring the Future annual survey of teens showed that in 2011, about 5% of high school seniors had abused one of these drugs. Only about 25% of teens felt there was a problem with using these drugs once or twice without a prescription. A low consideration of a problem using a drug may indicate higher levels of abuse to come. 

Narconon Arrowhead Helps People Recover from Addiction to Sedatives 

When addiction to sedatives or other drugs takes over, Narconon Arrowhead can be the solution that brings sobriety back. This is a long-term residential program set in the rolling hills of Southeastern Oklahoma. For more than forty-five years, the Narconon program in facilities located around the world has been helping addicts find lasting recovery. In Oklahoma, lives have been being saved with this program for two decades. 

The program starts with a humane, nutritionally-supported withdrawal. Staff work with those in withdrawal to make sure the process will be as tolerable as possible. Soon after, each person has a chance to flush out the residues of past drug use that may be interfering with the clarity of their thinking and may also be involved in the triggering of cravings. A sauna, exercise and nutritional supplement step flushes these residues out, resulting in faster, clearer thinking. Most people also say that their cravings are reduced. Some even say they are gone. 

With cravings under control or eliminated, each person can now focus on learning how to repair the damage from addiction and build new sober living skills. When not constantly assaulted by cravings, this is an easier task. 

There are seven phases to this life skills training, including a step where two students help each other brighten their perceptions through the use of innovative exercises. At the end of this series of exercises, a person gains more control over himself, his impulses, his actions and his body. This is great advance for the person who needs to make sober decisions for the rest of his life. 

The Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab program can help someone you care about achieve a lasting sobriety, even when other rehab programs have failed. Many families who send a loved one to Narconon Arrowhead for rehab have already tried other rehabs, sometimes many of them. But many have said that this one brought back the loved one that they lost to drugs or alcohol. Many of those graduating the program state that they have the respect of their families back again. 

Learn more about this program for the lasting sobriety of your loved one. Call 1-800-468-6933 for more information.