Prescription drug abuse is a concern for Americans as the amount of prescription drugs such as Ambien has increased. In 2013, about 9 million people were taking these pills to help them sleep. When this is abused, attending an Ambien rehab facility is often the only choice left. Ambien rehab treatment offers a way for people who struggle with Ambien abuse to break the destructive habit.
Ambien is a brand name drug made from Zolpidem (a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics). It is given to people who have a problem falling asleep regularly due to various forms of insomnia. It can be addictive, and Ambien rehab is required for the treatment of addiction. The pill works by slowing down brain processes and if excessive amounts of the drug are consumed, there is risk of coma and death. When taken recreationally, the feeling that people describe having is one of euphoria and relaxation.
The purpose of going to rehab for Ambien addiction or abuse is to get control over the use of prescribed drugs. When an addiction is present, it can be difficult to stop taking the drug by yourself, and it is often necessary to attend a rehab facility in order to receive professional help. If a person is able to remain in an inpatient or outpatient program and be open to treatment, then it is likely they will change for the better and avoid drug abuse.
At rehab, the first step usually is the detoxification period. In this phase of the treatment, antidepressants are often given to patients (common for Ambien detox).
Detox is an important first step to full recovery as it allows for the physical symptoms of the addiction to pass as well as the majority of the intense cravings common in a physical addiction. Once the detox is deemed successful, the patient can then begin to work on their psychological addiction.
Behavioral therapy is used to treat patients with addiction. It helps patients become aware of the triggers that cause their drug abuse. By examining the causes of their behavior, the patient can then be given alternative coping skills in order to deal with the situations that arise.
There are several forms of treatment used in a rehab facility including motivational incentives (the use of small rewards to motivate change), cognitive behavioral therapy (change is achieved by examining mistakes and correcting problem areas) and motivational incentives (the patient leads to therapy and talks about what they are ready to talk about in an effort to motivate internal change).
The programs that a person would join include the 12-step program, art therapy and music therapy. The programs usually have an element of relapse prevention.
Relapse prevention includes the techniques and skills used in order to avoid possible relapse situations that are likely to come up in the future. An addiction is something that a person will usually struggle with for their whole life. While it may not be a daily struggle after they have been successfully treated at a rehab center, there are some days that the cravings might return due to overwhelming emotions experienced. In these situations, a patient is taught to recognize the signs that the relapse process may be starting.
Relapse begins with an emotional stage where overwhelming emotions cause a person to withdraw and avoid support groups among other things. Then the person will move into the mental stage of relapse, where they will begin reminiscing about their drug use and consider taking the substance again. The final stage is where a relapse occurs.
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