Sedatives are medical prescriptions that help to reduce how active our brains work. They naturally help you loosen up and make you feel more at ease especially if you are going through a rough week. In most cases, patients consume sedatives as they are used to treat conditions such as sleep disorders and anxiety, whereas doctors use sedatives for general anesthetic purposes. However, they are highly addictive which is the reason why they are heavily regulated by the United States the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If patients do not consume them in moderation, they may become too reliant on sedatives, shaping their addiction.

What are Sedatives?

Sedatives come in different forms and have different purposes. Most sedatives are used to induce sleep as they have a calming effect that can help to take away any form of stress or tension that one might face.

The three primary forms of sedatives which include:

  • Barbiturates are used to cure seizure disorders. They can be ingested on their own or with anesthesia. Nembutal (pentobarbital) and phenobarbital are some types of sedatives that can be classified as barbiturates.
  • Benzodiazepines are commonly known as tranquilizers, helping to treat anxiety, muscle spasms as well as seizures before any medical operation. Some common types of benzodiazepines would include Xanax and Valium.
  • “Z-drug” sleep medications are types of sedatives = used for sleeping disorders such as insomnia. Some types of “Z-drug” sleep medications would include Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sonata (zaleplon), as well as Ambien (zolpidem).

What are the Side Effects of Sedatives?

The consumption of sedatives can cause a user to experience effects such as:

  • Memory and movement issues
  • Mood swings and inappropriate behavior
  • Drowsiness and dizziness
  • Reduced heart rate, and breathing which may be aggravated with the combination of alcohol
  • Depression and anxiety symptoms may be aggravated

Understanding Sedative Overdose

Sedatives are known to be a depressant, and the signs of overdose are extremely similar to those of alcohol. Once a user abuses sedative, it can start to influence the breathing and heart rate of a person. Some symptoms of a sedative overdose would consist of:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or giddiness
  • Mumbles in your speech
  • Slowed heartbeat and respiration
  • Failure to think or react normally
  • Shock
  • Coma
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory issues such as difficulties in breathing

How to Treat Sedative Addiction

Sedatives being substances that are controlled have regulations on their production and sales. The United States manages controlled substances, which means that it would be deemed as a federal crime to sell or use illegally.

Once a user has recognized their substance use disorder (SUD), it is important that are given the adequate help and support that they need to curb their addiction. In most cases, users who suffer from SUDs undergo behavioral therapy and are treated with different types of medication.

Why work with Spark To Recovery?

Here at Spark To Recovery, we have formed a team of professionals who are licensed medical psychiatrists, addiction counsellors as well as nurses. We believe that it is key to provide recovering addicts with the assistance that they need in order to achieve a stable recovery as well as a beneficial lifestyle.

Begin your cocaine addiction therapy today. Contact Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us or if you need any information.

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