Zopiclone & Zolpidem Rehab, Detox & Aftercare
Drug addiction is a serious and increasingly common medical condition that requires intensive treatment and attention. However, unlike what is projected in popular culture, drug addiction is not subject to illicit substances found on the black market or dubious nightclubs. This is why we offer services like Zopiclone & Zolpidem rehab.
Addiction can take hold on prescription, legalized drugs too: and in this instance, Zopiclone & Zolpidem. Read on to find out more about addiction to these specific sedatives and how you can find help today.
What is Zopiclone& Zolpidem?
Zopiclone is a hypnotic medication commonly used as a short-term insomnia treatment. It works on the brain like benzodiazepines; however, the medication isn’t a benzodiazepine.
This medication produces a sedative effect lasting up to six hours. However, it has side effects like tiredness and is used for acute insomnia cases only. When taken for more than two weeks, Zopiclone can cause rebound insomnia.
Zolpidem can be defined as a sedative-hypnotic drug that works like benzodiazepines but with lower addiction risk. Common forms of Zolpidem include Edluar, Ambien, Intermezzo, and Zolpimist.
This second medication is prescribed to treat insomnia among other sleeping disorders in the short-term. The medication works by binding to neuroreceptors responsible for relaxation, slowing brain activity, and inducing sleep. The medication shouldn’t be taken for more than two weeks consecutively.
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How long will it take to become addicted to Zopiclone?
Zopiclone should be taken consecutively for 7 to 14 days only. Taking the medication consecutively for more than two weeks can cause dependency (the need for a higher dosage to enjoy the same effects).
Prolonged use of Zopiclone can render the drug ineffective in dealing with insomnia, increasing the chances of abuse that leads to addiction. At our Zopiclone & Zolpidem Rehab centres, we offer help no matter how serious or severe your addiction.
What are the serious side-effects of Zopiclone & Zolpidem?
Zopiclone and Zolpidem addiction can cause serious side effects like:
- Memory loss
- Falling over (especially for elderly individuals)
- Allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)
Below, we have listed some of the side-effects of addiction to both medications. These symptoms can also be useful in determining your suspicions if you think a relative or friend is addicted to Zolpidem or Zopiclone.
These signs include the following:
Zolpidem addiction is caused by prolonged use of the drug (more than 6 months). Addiction can also occur when Zolpidem is taken for recreational purposes.
While patients using Zolpidem are monitored closely to avoid addiction, dependency can still occur. Common signs of addiction to Zolpidem include:
- Prolonged sleep after taking Zolpidem
- Confusion after waking up
- Depression when the drug isn’t taken
- Amnesia when you take the drug
A person dealing with Zopiclone addiction can exhibit signs or symptoms like:
- Overdosing on Zopiclone
- Buying Zopiclone unconventionally i.e., through street dealers, online or using another person's prescription
- Injecting or snorting Zopiclone
- Taking someone else’s Zopiclone
- Using other drugs like alcohol or Diazepam as an alternative to Zopiclone
- Hiding Zopiclone usage from close family and friends
- Continuing use of Zopiclone despite the obvious negative effects
- Inability to stop taking Zopiclone on their own
- Suffering withdrawal symptoms when one attempts to stop usage.
- Engaging in risky or illegal behaviour to fund Zopiclone usage
- Getting into relationship problems and job-related problems because of Zopiclone usage
Treatment for Zolpidem addiction
If you stop taking Zolpidem or Ambien abruptly without having a treatment plan, you are bound to suffer serious withdrawal symptoms like seizures. Triggers are also unavoidable. Individuals who stop taking medication still receive offers, among other forms of communication that may act as triggers.
The importance of tackling the psychological and social issues related to addiction can’t be overlooked. Since you are bound to be enticed to buy Zolpidem even after beating the addiction, underlying triggers going beyond the need to sleep must be addressed.
Understanding withdrawal from Zopiclone
Zopiclone, among other drugs like Zolpidem affects the brain like benzodiazepines and alcohol. The drugs have a high tendency to cause tolerance. If a person who is tolerant of Zopiclone attempts to reduce usage or stop usage completely, they are bound to suffer withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, shakes and/or tremors, hot flushes, or sweating, and heart palpitations. In extreme cases, a person can experience seizures and delirium. Withdrawal symptoms make it impossible for a person to stop drug usage on their own. Professional help is needed in most cases.
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Medically-assisted detox from Zopiclone
The withdrawal symptoms and factors like rebound insomnia make it advisable to seek a medically-assisted detox from Zopiclone. Medically-assisted detox is also safe and comfortable because it is monitored by medical professionals in a suitable environment.
Our Zopiclone & Zolpidem rehab has skilled and experienced medical professionals who monitor patients throughout and manage any physical and psychological withdrawal.
What is the Zopiclone & Zolpidem detox timeline?
While detox timelines may vary depending on individual factors, overall guidelines exist. Below we have outlined the general timeframe for Zopiclone & Zolpidem withdrawal:
Day 1 to 2: One or two days after detox, a patient may start feeling anxious or irritable alongside physical symptoms like occasional muscle spasms.
Day 2 to 5: This represents the main stage of withdrawal. Patients may experience extreme restlessness, intense nausea, indigestion, pronounced sweating, constant/intense cravings, hallucinations, and wild mood swings
Day 5 to 14: Five to fourteen days after detox has started, the withdrawal symptoms above will start fading away in intensity. Sleep problems will still be present, coupled with pronounced lethargy. Depression can also set in.
Day 14 onwards: Withdrawal symptoms should be gone after two weeks. If some symptoms like depression are still present, they may be due to PAWS (post-acute withdrawal syndrome) that lasts for months to years. However, PAWS can be treated using therapy.
What happens after the detox stage?
After the detox stage has been completed, you will then discuss with our team of specialists which option is most suited to you. This will either consist of inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, day programmes, or recovery within the community.
Our treatment is highly personalized to ensure all aspects of Zopiclone addiction are addressed to reduce the chances of relapse. Besides offering full detox, our patients complete treatment programs and receive complimentary aftercare for a year after leaving our rehab.
Aftercare is meant to keep recovering patients inspired and engaged to boost their chances of overcoming any challenges encountered after rehab.
What are my treatment options for an addiction to Zopiclone and Zolpidem?
When you visit a Zopiclone & Zolpidem rehab like ours, we will enrol you on an inpatient rehab programme. Residential rehab helps individuals with addiction problems identify the root cause of their problem and learn how to manage temptations in the future.
Our residential rehab offers individual and group counselling services. Every patient receives a custom treatment plan that tackles their specific needs.
Patients also go through a combination of complementary therapies, relapse prevention seminars, educational lectures, and exercise programs. We also complement our treatment with healthy meals, relaxation, and mindfulness therapy sessions.
Since poor sleep/insomnia is among the main causes of relapse in Zolpidem addiction, we teach patients sleep hygiene (good sleeping habits) and ways of improving the quantity and quality of sleep naturally without drugs.
We also introduce patients to support groups that are critical for aftercare. Our comprehensive care supports patients in recovery and beyond.
Why choose an inpatient treatment?
A medically managed detoxification is critical for dealing with Zopiclone addiction. Inpatient treatment allows patients to be treated and closely monitored. Our inpatient treatment makes it possible to identify the root causes of addictive behaviours and the best ways of dealing with those causes.
You will also have 24-hour access to medical care, which includes prescription medication and trained physicians, in case the withdrawal symptoms from either medication are too unpleasant or even dangerous.
Nutritional support will also be provided and you will have full access to the centre’s facilities including the outdoor area, holistic therapy rooms, spa, and gym.
Inpatient treatment for Zopiclone addiction
The fastest route to dealing with Zopiclone addiction is via a private rehab. Our Zopiclone & Zolpidem rehab works with many other rehabs of the highest standard in the UK and abroad.
All our partners follow global medical and therapeutic guidelines. Here are the benefits you stand to enjoy in a private rehab like ours:
- Immediate or same-day admission
- Comprehensive medical assessment
- Full medical detox
- 24/7 support from highly trained & experienced medical professionals that include but aren’t limited to nurses, psychologists, counsellors, doctors, and holistic therapists
- Great environment that increases your chances of recovery. No temptation, triggers, stress, among other factors that trigger Zopiclone addiction
- Evidence-based addiction treatment that gets to the bottom of your addiction problems
- Specialised Zopiclone rehab programme tailored to meet your individual needs
- Free aftercare treatment for a year after leaving rehab
- Family support. Rehab services incorporating a patient’s family to help them understand addiction
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Outpatient treatment options
Our rehab can offer outpatient programs that allow patients with Zolpidem addiction to get treatment and leave every day after completing scheduled treatment sessions. Outpatient treatment is good for patients who have already completed an inpatient program.
The treatment can also be an alternative to inpatient treatment when a patient has pressing work or family commitments. Our outpatient treatment programs last for 1 to 3 months. However, they can vary (last longer or shorter) to meet the specific needs of a patient.
Behavioural therapy to treat addiction
Behavioural therapy identifies and deals with the psychological causes, thought processes, and problematic behaviours that cause addiction. Therapy also offers relapse prevention techniques, among other strategies for sustaining abstinence after leaving rehab.
Addiction is a brain disorder. Behavioural therapy treats the mind. The therapy utilises many models and approaches. However, different rehabs utilise different approaches and models. Patients need to choose a rehab like ours to enjoy behavioural therapy that utilises all possible approaches and models.
When treating Zolpidem addiction, we consider the most beneficial therapy model as well as the unique preferences of a patient.
Understanding rebound insomnia
Most people who try to stop taking sleeping pills experience rebound insomnia. The insomnia is usually worse than before. Rebound insomnia is caused by the body’s dependence on drugs to induce sleep. It can cause insomnia lasting for several days to weeks, depending on the half-life of the sleeping medication in question as well as the dosage and frequency of usage.
Drugs with a longer half-life take more time to leave the body and tend to have longer-lasting rebound effects. Those with a shorter half-life take less time to leave the body but may have more intense rebound effects.
Alternative non-pharmacological sleep remedies
After completing treatment, patients still need sleep remedies to guarantee long-term recovery from addiction to sleeping pills. Non-pharmacological sleep remedies include tools that help individuals restructure their lives, create balance, and eliminate the need for drugs.
A sleeping routine like going to bed at the same time daily can get rid of sleeping problems. Lifestyle changes like meditation and exercise also have sleep benefits. It also helps to avoid drinking coffee, alcohol, watching TV, or using your smartphone before bed.
Aromatherapy can also help individuals with sleeping problems avoid sleeping pills. Scents like lavender are linked to improved sleep quality.
Follow up care
The hardest part of beating addiction is recovery. A recovering addict must stay focused to avoid temptation for life. Follow up care is critical to get the best chances of abstaining from drugs for life. Good rehabs like ours offer free aftercare for a year after you finish treatment.
You can get all our services at zero cost for a year if you have trouble during recovery. You can visit us onsite, call or email us anytime to get advice or any other kind of assistance during your recovery journey.
Our aftercare plans include individual counselling, support group meetings, advice on further treatment, and much more!
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