Since 2007 the United Kingdom has seen a massive increase in the use of ‘sleeping pills’. The United Kingdom now rivals America in the amount of sleeping pill prescriptions written for conditions such as insomnia. It is estimated 10% of the UK citizens will consume some form of sleeping pill at some point throughout their lifetime. These pills are chemically classed as tranquillisers or sedatives.
How sleeping pill addiction develops
Since sleeping pills are highly addictive, doctors recommend patients do not continue to take these drugs for more than a week or two. However many who started taking sleeping pills with good intentions often develop an addiction. Within a month of consuming sleeping pills users build up a tolerance. This means ever greater quantities of sleeping pills are required in order to get ‘high’.
Types of sleeping pill addiction we treat
Common sleeping pills consumed in the United Kingdom include Xanax, Temazwpan, Sonata and Lunesta. These drugs roughly fall into three categories: barbiturates, benzodiazepines and nonbenzodiazepines.
Fully residential sleeping pill rehabilitation
To treat sleeping pill addiction Ocean Recovery Centre offers a comprehensive residential rehabilitation programme. Patients move into the centre during their treatment. Thus treatment and living quarters are located only a few yards away from one another. This set-up removes patients from bad influences and ‘addiction triggers’ existing in the outside world. Patients receive an enhanced level of medical support during detox and rehabilitation. All patients’ food, laundry and housekeeping tasks are completed by support staff. This means patients are fully focused on tackling their recovery goals.
A full mental and physical assessment upon arrival
A psychiatrist is booked to greet patients upon arrival. A full psychological and physical examination takes place. Sleeping pill addicts experience painful withdrawal symptoms during detox. The psychiatrist eases this process by prescribing a range of medications.
Many sleeping pill addicts suffer from a range of co-occurring disorders. These disorders generally include anxiety, depression or an addiction to other substances such as alcohol. The psychiatrist diagnoses potential co-occurring disorders during the medical examination. Anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication may be prescribed.
Sleeping pill detox
Following initial assessment patients must tackle sleeping pill detox. Here patients flush all sleeping pill toxins from their blood. A number of physical and psychological withdraw symptoms arise, potential putting patients in acute discomfort.
A list of withdrawal symptoms associated with a sleeping pill detox includes:
- Rebound insomnia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flash back
To combat symptoms patients are prescribed medications designed to ease associated discomfort. Chronic sleeping pill addicts may be offered a tapered detox regime. Here sleeping pill dosages are slowly reduced over a period of time.
Counselling and therapy support
Once withdrawal symptoms arrest patients attend counselling and therapy sessions. Therapy attempts to heal the emotional component of addiction not addressed during detox. Therapies take the form of psychotherapy and holistic therapies. Psychotherapy typically entails cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT aims to address negative thoughts and emotions that trigger addicted behaviours. Thoughts and emotions are therefore the cause of addiction. Addiction behaviours are merely the symptom of these triggers. CBT aims to address the underlying causes of insomnia. Patients are taught how to sleep without resorting to sleeping pill consumption.
Modern holistic approach
Patients also benefit from holistic therapies. Holistic therapies aim to improve patients’ overall sense of wellbeing. Holistic therapies arm patients with a number of relaxation techniques. These techniques help patients fall asleep without resorting to sleeping pill consumption. Holistic therapies generally include stress management, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, Reiki, reflexology and nutrition.
Once rehab draws to a close a relapse prevention and after care plan is put in place. This plan helps patients apply knowledge learnt during rehab in ‘real world’ situations. Aftercare includes twenty four hour telephone support and weekly sessions taking place at the rehab centre.
Contacting Ocean Recovery Centre
Call Ocean Recovery today to find out more. Call on 0125 353 0553. Alternatively complete the enquiry form and a member of the team will respond shortly.
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