Ambien, or zolpidem tartrate, is a prescription medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy. The National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus reports that some doctors prescribe Ambien in the treatment of parasomnias as well (e.g., night terrors, bed wetting, teeth grinding, sleep walking, sleep talking, etc).

While many can take prescription drugs like Ambien for sleep disorders and not develop a dependence upon the drug, many who take the medication for a prolonged period or who abuse it in any way will eventually need drug rehab to help them successfully stop taking the pills.

When Treatment Is Not Necessary

People are sometimes terrified of developing an addiction to their prescription. Ambien especially is a drug that can cause some pretty severe side effects, effects that can be dangerous to the user and to those around him or her. Additionally, Ambien addiction requires medical and psychological treatment. However, not everyone with an Ambien prescription requires rehab. For example, simply having a prescription for Ambien does not mean that you will develop an addiction. Additionally, you don’t need treatment if you have only been abusing Ambien for a short time and can stop on your own. However, if you are physically dependent upon Ambien and experience negative effects in your life as a result of abusing the drug yet you still cannot stop, then rehab is necessary.

Co-occurring Sleep Disorders

According National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, there are more than 80 different sleep disorders. Most patients who leave their doctor’s office with a prescription for Ambien have a sleep disorder. When they become dependent upon their medication, it is usually in an effort to beat the issues related to their sleep disorder. Unfortunately, when addiction becomes a problem and treatment is necessary, the co-occurring sleep disorder remains; it can make sleeping pill addictions very difficult to treat.

Sleep disorders are nothing to take lightly. They affect millions of Americans every year and can disrupt work life, home life, social activities, healthy living, and the overall quality of day-to-day experiences. Insomnia is far and away the most common, and other disorders like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy are common issues as well. It’s important to choose a drug rehab that can effectively treat the issue of Ambien addiction but is also equipped to help you with your sleep disorder

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Preparing for Rehab

Michael's House entranceWhile Ambien rehab does not cure Ambien addiction, it does provide you with access to the tools you need to heal as well as the guidance to use those tools effectively.

Preparation starts with packing, and if packing a positive attitude is too much to ask, then packing exactly as the Ambien rehab prescribes will certainly help you get the most out of the experience. Do not bring any items listed as contraband, but do bring a few comfort items from home and comfortable clothes. You will need a blank journal and pen and, if you bring electronics of any kind, expect to relinquish them upon arrival as these are heavily monitored during Ambien rehab.

Next, take a moment to connect with important people in your life. Your family, your close friends, and perhaps those you work with should know that you will be gone and when to expect you back. You may be able to include certain family members in aspects of your treatment, especially family therapy, and you can invite them to visit on specific days.

After Rehab

Ambien addiction recovery does not stop when you leave the treatment facility. For the rest of your life, you will be in recovery in some form or another, especially if you have a chronic sleep disorder or sleep issues and disturbances related to another chronic disorder. During your first few years of sobriety, you will need to take full advantage of aftercare services like support group meetings, alumni groups at your Ambien rehab and personal therapy. Building a strong support system and maintaining your focus as well as staying as healthy as possible all contribute to a successful recovery from Ambien addiction.

Getting Help for Ambien at Michael’s House

If you experience withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings, if you feel that you can’t stop taking the drug or need it for any purpose, or if you are abusing your prescription in any way, Ambien rehab may be the right choice for you.

Contact us at Michael’s House today at 877-345-8494 for more information. We can give you everything you need to get started on the life-changing treatment you need to free yourself from Ambien addiction.

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