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Secobarbital Addiction Treatment That Actually Works

For over ten years, we’ve helped countless people overcome substance abuse and addiction using our comprehensive, personalized treatment approach. Our treatment programs are designed to treat the whole person for a lifetime through a continuum of care that includes inpatient, outpatient, and continuing care programs.

Our evidence-based approach combines advanced medical care with proven psychological and behavioral therapy – all of which is administered by board-certified psychiatrists, physicians, and other experts. That’s why our program work for 84% of those we treat.

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Treatment options for secobarbital addiction

Even when taken as prescribed, barbiturate drugs such as secobarbital have a high potential for abuse and dependence. Additionally, the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting Secobarbital are unpleasant and can even be life-threatening without close medical supervision.

That’s why most patients require the help of a comprehensive inpatient drug rehab with the ability to treat the physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal while at the same time addressing any psychological issues that contributed to and/or resulted from secobarbital addiction.

Enterhealth offers supervised medical drug detox (also known as withdrawal stabilization) for secobarbital addiction, which involves slowly tapering a patient’s dose down over time to minimize the unpleasant and potentially life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal.

Medical detox is NOT considered treatment. Rather, it’s an essential first step that prepares patients for a long-term treatment program of behavioral therapy and psychological counseling.

Counseling services for addiction treatment at Enterhealth include individual, group, and family counseling, depending on the patient’s needs. We also offer continuing care programs, which are a vital part of any discharge plan, as they provide continued counseling and support over a number of years.

Treatment plans for secobarbital may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Pharmacotherapy (medication management)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Supportive Outpatient Programs (SOP)
  • Maintenance Outpatient Programs (MOP)
  • Wellness, nutritional, and stress management education

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different neurological, emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies. Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.



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Enterhealth’s Outpatient Center of Excellence, conveniently located in the Park Cities, is expertly staffed with board-certified addiction specialists. Our comprehensive program is designed for continued recovery care and provides individuals and families the support they need to reconnect with each other and thrive in recovery.

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The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in their recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. This one-of-a-kind support environment provides a nurturing space where participants can gain understanding, learn from others and continue to rebuild their lives.

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“FPO – When I first arrived here, I truly believed I would never be able to function without drugs or alcohol, nor be happy in general ever again. My family did not know how to help me. After being here, I’m a happier person. Laughter comes naturally. I’m repairing relationships I thought were irreparable.”

Hanna (former Enterhealth patient)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Secobarbital Addiction

What is secobarbital?

Secobarbital (brand name Seconal) is a sedative in a class known as barbiturates along with phenobarbital and pentobarbital. Secobarbital may be prescribed for the treatment of seizures and related conditions such as epilepsy, as well as for short-term treatment insomnia and as a preoperative sedative for people undergoing surgery.

Barbiturates like secobarbital were commonly prescribed until being largely supplanted in modern medicine by benzodiazepine-class sedatives, which carry a lower risk for overdose and work for longer periods of time.

How does Secobarbital work?

Secobarbital increases the availability and effectiveness of a neurotransmitter chemical in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).

GABA acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, suppressing excitation and communication between nerves in the brain and body. By amplifying its effects, secobarbital reduces anxiety and tension. It also produces feelings of sleepiness, loss of coordination, and impaired judgment.

Why is Secobarbital so difficult to quit?

Like other sedative drugs, secobarbital withdrawal symptoms are highly unpleasant, especially after prolonged use. Long-term barbiturate use causes the brain to become dependent on the drug to maintain GABA levels and function normally.

When users stop taking secobarbital, the low levels of GABA (and the inability to use it effectively) cause the brain and nerves to become hypersensitive, leading to extreme anxiety, difficulty concentrating, muscle twitching, shaking, and/or seizures.

What are Secobarbital withdrawal symptoms?

The physical and mental withdrawal symptoms typically set in within a few hours following the last dose. These problems vary in severity and duration depending on the specific secobarbital dose taken and duration of use, but they may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitching
  • Tremor
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Visual distortion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Delirium (confusion)

How do you treat Secobarbital withdrawal?

The most effective way to treat secobarbital withdrawal is to use a combination of medical detox and psychological treatment  person cope with the stress and anxiety of quitting.

Medical detox for secobarbital typically starts with a prescription for a long-acting benzodiazepine medication such as Valium. From there, the patient’s dose will be gradually tapered down until they can discontinue it completely. This process allows the body to slowly adjust to lower and lower levels without inducing severe withdrawal symptoms.

Physicians may also prescribe other medications, such as antidepressants or beta-blockers, which have been shown to alleviate certain withdrawal symptoms in some people.

What are the side effects of Secobarbital?

Secobarbital abuse can result in a number of unpleasant effects, including:

  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • excitement or increased activity
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • slowed breathing or difficulty breathing
  • swelling of the eyes, lips, or cheeks
  • rash
  • blistering or peeling skin
  • fever
  • confusion

What are other dangers of Secobarbital use?

In addition to overdose, other dangers associated with secobarbital (especially with chronic use and abuse) include:

  • Cognitive impairment – permanent damage to attention, memory, and problem-solving skills
  • Increased susceptibility for cancer, stroke, and heart attack
  • Psychiatric symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and psychotic symptoms/delusions

How do you know if someone is addicted to Secobarbital?

The exact signs and symptoms of chronic secobarbital abuse vary from person to person, but may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping for long periods of time
  • Impaired thinking and judgment
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Sluggishness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Delirium

Additionally, users with anxiety/panic disorders often experience a profound rebound once the medication wears off, leading to extreme anxiety symptoms.

Can you overdose on Secobarbital?

Yes, you can overdose on secobarbital. Such overdoses are often fatal due to secobarbital’s ability to depress breathing and heart rate.

Additionally, mixing secobarbital with other Central Nervous System depressants like alcohol or opioids can greatly increase the chance of an overdose due to the way they amplify each other’s effects.

*State standard is 1:10 clinical staff to patient ratio