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Ambien Addiction Treatment

Ambien is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep). It is taken orally at bedtime, and is meant to give the patient seven or eight hours of restful sleep at night.

Sleep disorders are relatively common in people living in North America. Between 20 to 49 percent of people experience insomnia at some point during any given year. Seventy million Americans have some type of sleep disorder1, and for 60 percent of them, it is a chronic condition.

People who are taking Ambien are cautioned not to take it if they will not be able to get a full night’s sleep. Patients who take this medication at a time when they will not be able to get a full night’s sleep may experience a type of hangover the next morning that includes memory loss.

Ambien Addiction Facts

  • Ambien is meant for short-term use only2.
  • A person who has been prescribed Ambien will not see immediate improvement in their sleep patterns. This drug takes approximately one week to 10 days to start working.
  • People who take this drug for more than two weeks may find that it doesn’t help them sleep as well as it did when they first started using it.
  • When someone stops taking Ambien, their sleep difficulties will return for the first one or two nights. After that, they should start being able to fall asleep (or stay asleep) more easily.
  • Developing an addiction can start at that point if the patient starts taking a higher dose than what was prescribed or takes the drug more often than directed.
  • People who have been prescribed Ambien should not stop taking the drug all at once. It builds up in the user’s system and going “cold turkey” will lead to withdrawal symptoms.

Ambien Addiction Treatment Process

A person who knows or suspects they have become addicted to Ambien should discuss their drug use with their doctor. If the healthcare professional knows that there is an issue, he or she can refer the patient to a facility where they go through the detoxification process under medical supervision, if appropriate.

Entering a facility staffed by people who understand Ambien addiction means that the addict can get help to manage the withdrawal symptoms associated with coming off the drug. Ambien addiction treatment includes dealing with the stomach and muscle cramps, sweating, irritability, vomiting and seizures that an addict may experience when they first stop taking the drug.

In some cases, the best choice is to take the addict back to the original dose and then start to wean him or herself off of it slowly3. This decision would be made by medical personnel after evaluating the situation and determining whether the situation warrants constant monitoring for the Ambien user.

Treating Ambien addiction involves several steps. Breaking free of the physical effects of the drug by going through detox is just the first phase. The addict must also check into an Ambien rehab or treatment center to learn how to deal with the issues that led to the addiction and move forward into sober living.


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