If you’re suffering from an addiction to Zopiclone or any other type of drug, it’s essential that you seek out professional support as soon as possible. Whether you’re concerned about a loved one or perhaps you feel as though your substance abuse is too ‘mild’ to warrant professional help, we strongly advise against attempting to recover from addiction alone.

You’ll likely suffer more pain and discomfort than necessary and will be unlikely to achieve a full long-term recovery without the guidance of addiction specialists.

What is Zopiclone?

Also known by various brand names such as Zimovane, Dopareel, and Imovane, Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine sedative and hypnotic commonly used to treat insomnia. Usually found in the form of a tablet, Zopiclone, unfortunately, became a popular drug for recreational use as it provides a powerful ‘high’.

Despite this pleasurable high that many people seek, Zopiclone also has some negative side effects, including headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired motor skills, making abusing this drug extremely dangerous and the cause of many fatal accidents.

People have also reported sleepwalking and falling asleep while driving or performing other tasks under the influence of Zopiclone.

Zopiclone is highly addictive; some people have become addicted to Zopiclone after just a few weeks of use, contributing to why it is a class C controlled drug. Zopiclone should only be available within a prescription; however, as with many other prescription drugs, there is a substantial market for selling thousands of tablets of Zopiclone illicitly. When consumed excessively, Zopiclone can cause a potentially fatal overdose, either intentional or accidental.

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Most Common Signs of Zopiclone Addiction

Identifying an addiction to a prescription medication like Zopiclone can often be more challenging than identifying an addiction to illegal drugs, as you assume the recipient is taking the prescription for essential reasons. There are, however, some common signs and symptoms that can suggest someone is consuming Zopiclone excessively, which has led to an addiction. These include:

  • Buying additional Zopiclone tablets online or through illegal means
  • Taking more than the recommended dosage as your tolerance increases
  • Taking Zopiclone tablets that are prescribed for someone else
  • Consuming Zopiclone by unusual means, just as snorting or injecting
  • Taking Zopiclone alongside other substances such as alcohol or other drugs to strengthen the effect
  • Attempting to hide your Zopiclone consumption from others
  • Being unable to stop taking Zopiclone and feeling out of control
  • Becoming isolated and withdrawn from your loved ones
  • Being unable to maintain relationships or responsibilities, experiencing withdrawal symptoms when consuming Zopiclone
  • Undertaking dangerous or illegal activities under the influence or because of your Zopiclone addiction

Long-term abuse of Zopiclone can lead to heart palpitations, chest pain, abdominal pain, constipation, sore throat, dry mouth, back pain, dizziness, amnesia, lethargy, depression, and flu-like symptoms. Zopiclone addiction can severely impact your ability to function, devastatingly affecting your career prospects.

People suffering from drug addiction are much more likely to underperform, be late for work, have excessive absences, and make mistakes that could be very dangerous in certain workplaces. This devastating impact on your career can lead to severe financial problems, particularly as you try to finance an expensive drug habit.

Medical Detoxification

Undertaking a medical drug detox is a highly effective way to gradually reduce your consumption of Zopiclone until your body and mind are cleansed of the harmful toxins present in this drug. You must only undergo detox with the supervision of addiction specialists within a recognised drug rehab facility.

When you gradually reduce your consumption of Zopiclone, you’ll likely encounter withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild nausea, headaches, and dizziness to more severe seizures and delirium. Ensuring medical professionals oversee your detoxification is crucial to your safety and success in rehabilitating from Zopiclone. As your body adjusts to functioning without Zopiclone again, it’s important that you’re under constant supervision and within a safe environment.

The severity of your withdrawal symptoms can vary significantly between each person, so it’s difficult to estimate how long you may be experiencing these symptoms. Generally speaking:

  • 1-2 days after your last dose of Zopiclone, you may feel anxious, nauseated, or irritable with occasional muscle spasms
  • 2-5 days, you’ll be in the main phase of your withdrawal, where you may begin to feel intense nausea and indigestion, mood swings, excessive sweating, restlessness, insomnia, and even hallucinations
  • 5-14 days after you last consumed Zopiclone, and your withdrawal symptoms should lose their intensity

They may still occur, but much less frequently than before. Around two weeks into your detoxification, most of your withdrawal symptoms should have gone.

Zopiclone Addiction Treatment

Successfully completing a medical detox will help to break your physical dependency on Zopiclone. We now recommend that you follow a comprehensive treatment programme focused on breaking your psychological addiction to Zopiclone. Our addiction specialists will deliver evidence-based therapies proven to help you recover from Zopiclone addiction through various workshops, individual, group, or family sessions.

As an inpatient, you’ll stay overnight at the drug rehab centre to complete your treatment programme.

Treatment with Ocean Recovery

Here at Ocean Recovery, we’re experts in helping people overcome their battle with drug addiction. We provide personalised treatment programmes for each person and can also provide dedicated family support where needed.

In addition to our comprehensive treatment programmes, we also provide a complimentary aftercare plan for 12 months after leaving our rehab centre. This aftercare plan is essential in maintaining your motivation to recover and ensuring you don’t suffer from a drug relapse.

Contact us today at 0800 880 7596 or via our online form. Don’t struggle alone.


John Gillen - Author - Last updated: September 26, 2022

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.