Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotics. Though Ambien does not belong to the benzodiazepine "z-drug" class, it displays the same medical results as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but is not as dangerous or known to form serious dependency effects as benzodiazepines do.
People who are battling prolonged sleeplessness are given the drug as a replacement for benzos by the manufacturers because its rate of addiction is less than that of benzos.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. Many people fail to realise that they are dealing with the problem, unless they refrain from taking the drug and come across difficulties with sleeping.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. When people start to experience the side effects of quitting a drug, they realize how addicted they were to the drug.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Ever growing dosage intake
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Using too much money to buy the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
A simple case of short-term amnesia is all that is required for an Ambien addiction to begin. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
After ingesting Ambien for a couple of weeks the effects from the drug diminish making the user crave for higher doses. At this point, some users can't stop taking the drug because their insomnia is even worse to the point they are no longer able to sleep without the drug, Ambien.
Ambien is the brand name of Zolpidem. A pervasive advertising and marketing campaign popularised the properties of the drug as a sleep aid and make them known widely which then notoriously made it popular. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is ingested orally and is available as a tiny oblong tablet or one which has qualities of extended-release. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
Ambien was primarily marketed as an alternative to benzodiazepines, like Halcion, which were coming under public scrutiny for their addictive potential and other side effects. The makers of Ambien claimed their drug was safer and less addictive.
The addictive properties of the drug is on par with that of benzos according to physicians, a clear difference from the claims of the manufacturers. Dr. Michael Weaver who is a specialist in the subject of addiction published a report in 2015 in which he claimed that non-benzodiazepine Z drugs were also quite popular but were prone to many problems, which are similar to benzodiazepines.
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled material. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. Despite the warning provided many users have abused the drug for the euphoric and hallucinatory properties which are present.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
This tolerance causes the user to need a bigger dose in order to fall asleep, they illegally give themselves higher dosages.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. The early stages, after ingestion of Ambien, the drug gives rise to euphoria that gives a sense of washing away insecurity and any self-conscious behaviour.
Ambien can be considered as a safer alternative to benzodiazepine because the potential to overdose on the drug. It may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
Ambien is a potent central nervous system depressant and can slow down the breeding of the user along with the heart rate to the point of being harmful. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Preferred Drug Concoctions
One of the most common substances used with Ambien is alcohol. Exceeding the recommended dose to overcome insomnia becomes the norm for those who don't feel the effects of the drug as they had done previously. Some people with an Ambien tolerance take alcohol with their pill to amplify the sedative effects of the drug. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it with benzos like Valium.
Since both benzos and Ambien are depressants of the central nervous system, the effect of using them together is the same as combining Ambien with alcohol and poses a dangerous risk of overdose that can lead death.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. The procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.