How Sedative Drugs
Can Be Addicting

Despite the effectiveness of barbiturates in treating panic and anxiety disorders, as well as insomnia and epileptic seizures, many barbiturates are under heavy regulation and are not easily accessible to the public. The main reason for this is the high potential for barbiturates to be abused, leading individuals to develop a dependence on them. The sedative and hypnotic effects of these drugs increase their allure for recreational consumption. However, their severe withdrawal effects also increase the difficulty of ceasing consumption of these drugs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 4% of adults (age 20 and above) living in the United States use sedative drugs. Hence, it is imperative that we acknowledge the adverse effects of sleeping pills, especially if it is used as a form of substance abuse, and understand how a detoxification process and rehabilitation facility like Concise Recovery can offer a helping hand to affected individuals.

At Concise Recovery, we are a reputable provider of sedative addiction treatment programs in California and the surrounding cities. We serve a diverse clientele in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and more.

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Understanding Addiction

Understanding Sedative Addiction

Sleeping pills are known as sedative-hypnotics and are a class of drugs used to induce sleep. If it is abused above the acceptable threshold, it may result in:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Burning sensation in extremities
  • Acute loss of appetite 
  • Diarrhea
  • Daytime lethargy
  • Dry throat
  • Inability to focus
  • Affected short term memory
  • Bizarre dreams
  • Physical tremors

Similar to most medications, sleeping pills can cause side effects too. Normally, a user is unaware of the side effects until he or she tries a particular sleeping pill. Sleeping pills are not meant for everyone as it tends to cause more harm towards people who have asthma and other heart conditions. A sleeping pill can cause shallow and slow breathing as well.

Genetics plays a role in the instigation of Benzodiazepine addiction for some individuals. Environmental aspects are also major contributing factors, and these tend to include peer pressure, unemployment, or low socioeconomic status. These types of drugs are tolerable with minimal side effects when taken as regular doses prescribed by a doctor, but individuals tend to abuse the pills and take more than prescribed as well as taking them for longer periods than intended. This behavior is what can lead to addiction.


Concise Recovery offers evidence-based therapies from CBT to Medication-Assisted Therapy, we provide all who enter our program with customized addiction treatment plans.

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Our program is a community of like-minded, caring treatment professionals who aim to support our clients throughout every step of the treatment process at Concise Recovery in Los Angeles.

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Concise Recovery is proud to offer 3 unique locations throughout Southern California with residential programs in Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and La Crescenta, giving clients multiple paths to recovery.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Sedative Addiction

Some people who become addicted to sleeping pills develop certain symptoms over time. The warning signs of an addiction are often perceptible by another person. However, it is common for the person who is abusing the pills to deny any claims that they are addicted. The warning signs that are linked with sleeping pill addiction include:

  • Withdrawal symptoms (listed below) when intake of sleeping pills are halted
  • Tolerance to sleeping pill effects increases
  • Finding it arduous to cope without antidepressants
  • Becoming increasingly obsessed with the drug
  • Losing interest in one’s usual hobbies
  • Being defensive when accused of misusing drugs
  • Poor personal hygiene and grooming
  • Living in denial that nothing is wrong
  • Unable to fulfill personal and social responsibilities
  • Unable to cut down on drug usage

An affected individual does not need to display all the warning signs for them to be hooked on sleeping pills. Most of the time, two or more signs are enough to indicate a troubling drug problem.

It is important to be apprehensive of all the possible effects of a sedative. If you are experiencing adverse effects, you should stop taking the drug and contact a medical professional to prevent additional health complications. If you know someone who is addicted to the pill, you should advise them to seek help from a rehabilitation center such as Concise Recovery.

Did you know most insurance will help pay for rehab?

How Does Sedative Addiction Treatment Work?

An inpatient program is typically residential and comprises the following phases:

  • Patient assessment
  • Physical detoxification
  • Psychological rehabilitation

Together, these stages of an inpatient program can help to manage the withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxification while providing crucial support required to finish the entire recovery process. While you may find the lack of freedom in an inpatient detoxification program somewhat stifling and inhibiting, it is in your best interest to engage in an intensive program in order to effectively tackle your drug dependence problem. An inpatient treatment program can help you to efficiently gain independence from sedative drugs and substances and offer you the best chance to achieve an addiction-free future.

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What Are the Common Withdrawal Symptoms?

Common sedative withdrawal symptoms are likely to include:

  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • A sudden increase in heart rate, body temperature, or blood pressure.
  • Disorientation
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Agitation
  • Vomiting

These withdrawal symptoms may occur within four to eight hours after the most recent dosage. Certain symptoms are known to last for more than a week and can be extremely uncomfortable. During this period, patients are not spared from intense drug cravings, psychosis, or delirium.

Contact Our Sedative Addiction Treatment Team

It is a common misconception that it is easy to quit a drug entirely by going cold turkey. Quitting substance use abruptly often carries significant risks. Some individuals are prone to experience intense withdrawal symptoms, which put their lives at risk.

If you have any questions about our sedative addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with Concise Recovery today.