Enterhealth Ranch provides treatment for sedative addiction, which are prescription medicines in two primary classes of medications –benzodiazepines and barbiturates that all have sedating effects. The benzodiazepines are mild sedatives, while the barbiturates are major tranquilizers. Like alcohol, these medications are frequently abused for their calming effects and can produce a high in some patients. When taken in excess, both of the classes of medications can cause coma and even death.
SEDATIVE ADDICTION TREATMENT
Common sedative addictions treated at Enterhealth
“Because they begin with the knowledge that addiction is a brain disease, they employ the latest medical advances to combat the damage done to the brain's neurotransmitters. This helps to restore serotonin levels and combat cravings, giving the brain a chance to heal so that recovery can move forward.”ROBIN HARPER
“Enterhealth Ranch is the top addiction treatment because of the comprehensiveness of the program, its practices, its scientific approach, its dual-diagnosis specialization and the skill level of their physicians and therapists.”DR. WALTER LINGProfessor of Psychiatry, UCLA
“A visionary facility, Enterhealth Ranch is raising the bar in drug and alcohol addiction treatment by providing the best outcomes. As the choice for employees of Baylor Health Care System, as well as the students and faculty of Southern Methodist University, I truly believe it will soon be the country’s leading addiction recovery management program.”ALBERT BLACKSystem Chair, Baylor Healthcare System
Sedative withdrawal symptoms and how we treat them
Enterhealth Ranch provides residential supervised drug and alcohol detox (also known as withdrawal stabilization) services for sedative addiction with 24-hour nursing and medical staff available at any hour of the day. The sedative withdrawal stabilization process is a crucial first step to recovery and should only be done under the supervision of a physician with formal training in alcohol/drug addiction treatment, as sedative detoxification can be quite dangerous. Due to the the brain’s and the body’s dependency on the drug, stopping sedatives abruptly can be life-threatening, possibly leading to seizures and/or delirium tremens.
What can I expect?
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and barbiturate withdrawal symptoms are similar to those seen with alcohol withdrawal. Potential symptoms include aches and pains, numbness and tingling, irritability, rapid breathing and heart rate, insomnia, tremors, seizures, and changes in brainwave patterns. There is also the risk of suffering the potentially toxic syndrome of delirium tremens, which is a life-threatening condition that should only be managed in an ICU setting in a hospital.
With mild benzodiazepine/barbiturate withdrawal, you typically only see restlessness, anxiety, shakiness, and intermittent weakness, but these may be accompanied by dizziness upon standing, nausea, cramps, and vomiting. These symptoms may be similar to the anxiety symptoms for which the benzodiazepine or barbiturate medication was initially prescribed. Often, the return of significant anxiety during the withdrawal phase causes sedative addicts to experience intense cravings and relapse early in the process, at times leading to death.
When does withdrawal begin?
The withdrawal syndrome for long-acting benzodiazepines such as Valium and barbiturates such as phenobarbital may not begin until several days after use of the drug has stopped because it takes a while for these drugs to clear from your body.
Why is detox (withdrawal stabilization) so important?
The objective of sedative withdrawal is to stabilize withdrawal symptoms by giving patients a long-lasting sedative at a selected dose, then gradually lowering the dose in order to “wean” them off the medication.
For example, if you were abusing Xanax, you might be given the longer-lasting Valium to make the withdrawal symptoms less severe and more gradual. Which medicine to use and at what dose and for what length of time will be left to your physician’s discretion.