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Ambien Abuse Presents a Growing Problem

The on-the-go pace that most people live today can make it difficult to stop, breathe, and regroup. Sometimes, you simply need a better night’s sleep or want to feel more rested when you wake up. For some, Ambien has become the miracle pill that makes sleep come easier for those who once suffered from insomnia or a serious inability to gain the necessary hours of sleep in a night. Unfortunately, an article posted recently by Everything Addiction is citing Ambien as another in a long list of prescription drugs that are being misused and abused on a national scale.

Currently, Ambien is sold by prescription only and is intended to act as a sleep aid to combat insomnia. It is only intended for short term use and is very fast-acting, typically working within the first 15 minutes of ingestion, with the effects lasting from four to six hours. Ambien is meant to help you regulate yourself on a proper sleep cycle, but, as with most prescription pills, continued use can lead to a decreased effectiveness of the drug due to an increased tolerance.

The drug can also cause dependence and extreme side effects.

Some Ambien abuse comes from those prescribed the drug staying on it too long and becoming dependent, but recently, it is also being used as a recreational drug that can causes hallucinations, decreased anxiety, and a sense of euphoria from simply trying to fight against the effects of the drug. Currently, Ambien tablets are covered in a special coating that makes it more difficult to be abused via other methods of ingestion such as snorting or injecting the drug, but it is still not a cure-all for the problem. It also requires significantly higher doses of the drug after each recreational use, causing it to be extremely dangerous and have a very high rate of escalated use.

Once a dependence to Ambien has developed, it is incredibly difficult to simply stop taking the drug because feelings of panic, nausea and vomiting, suicidal thoughts and seizures are common when going through the detoxification process.  For most, those seeking help for an Ambien dependence should consider a medically supervised facility that is equipped to handle the addiction and its symptoms. The process of recovery is still a long journey, but the side effects of Ambien abuse make medical supervision the best route to help an addict successfully and safely combat their addiction.

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