More people are accepting help for their sleeping pill addictions. With the news of high-profile deaths caused by sleeping pills over the years, the advantages of an inpatient treatment center are clearer than ever.
People who have been taking sleeping pills in high doses over a long period of time benefit most from inpatient rehab. Rehab removes people from an environment where sleeping pills are readily accessible and begin the process of reprogramming healthy sleep habits.
Inpatient rehab is also helpful for those struggling with a polydrug addiction and/or co-occurring disorder. Those with underlying mental disorders such as depression are more likely to relapse if the problem isn’t treated. In addition, mental disorders are often the cause of insomnia, so treating the condition is an important part of recovery.
Although most sleeping aids aren’t approved for long-term use (many haven’t even been proven effective for longer than about a month), an alarming percentage of people continue using the drugs for years. At this point, withdrawal is especially difficult, as the brain has already become dependent on the drug to induce sleep. This is why treatment in rehab typically starts with a medical detox.
Attempting to detox from sleeping pills alone can be dangerous; there have been numerous reports of seizures after sudden withdrawal. Sleeping pill rehabs with physicians on staff can alleviate withdrawal symptoms and guide recovering addicts through the detox process.
Detox from sleeping pills involves tapering down doses of the drug to avoid any serious withdrawal symptoms.
Some former sleeping pill addicts prefer inpatient treatment to wholeheartedly tackle the underlying issues of their addiction without the stress of everyday life. Others only need a supplemental treatment program, learning how to live without the aid of sleeping pills or any other drug.