September 5th, 2023
Mogadon, also referred to as nitrazepam, is a powerful prescription sedative that is used for the short-term relief of insomnia and anxiety. Dependency and addiction to Mogadon can develop within weeks of initial use, and quitting alone can be challenging. If you have found yourself stuck in a habit you are unable to kick, Oasis Runcorn can help. Mogadon addiction can feel like a weight dragging you down, but it is possible to overcome it with professional support.
How does Mogadon addiction develop?
Mogadon works by interacting with the neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which slows down activity in the central nervous system and produces a calming effect. As you increase your Mogadon use, your body becomes accustomed to its effects and tolerance builds. Your brain will become reliant on the shifting levels of GABA, and eventually you will find it difficult to get through the day without consuming the drug.
A prescription drug addiction like this typically develops when you begin to take the drug more frequently or at a higher dose than instructed by your doctor. Self-medicating in this way risks the rapid onset of Mogadon addiction.
Due to its relaxing properties, Mogadon is also used recreationally. Many people take the drug to get ‘high’ or to help them ‘comedown’ from other illicit substances. This is particularly dangerous, as mixing Mogadon with other substances can result in respiratory failure, heart attack or overdose.
Spotting the signs of Mogadon addiction
A crucial step in your recovery journey is identifying and addressing the problem. While it may seem easier to live in denial, it is important to recognise the signs of Mogadon addiction and take action sooner rather than later. If you are worried about your Mogadon use, take a moment to answer the following questions:
- Do you feel as though you need Mogadon to function?
- Do you experience cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you stop using Mogadon?
- Do you take Mogadon outside of the ways in which it was prescribed?
- Do you attend multiple doctor’s appointments to try and get a Mogadon prescription?
- Do you exaggerate symptoms in order to get a Mogadon prescription?
- Do you get angry or irritable when you cannot obtain Mogadon?
- Do you buy Mogadon illegally, either online or from the streets?
- Do you feel like you cannot control your Mogadon use?
- Has Mogadon negatively impacted your health, relationships or work?
- Do you continue to take Mogadon despite any negative consequences?
If any of these questions resonate with you, it is possible that you have an addiction to Mogadon, in which case, Oasis Runcorn is here to help. You do not have to face your addiction alone – with the right support, you can achieve a happier, more fulfilling life.
The dangers of Mogadon addiction
Mogadon addiction poses a very real danger to your physical and mental health. On top of this, it can also negatively impact your work, finances and relationships and even get you in trouble with the law.
Physical health effects of Mogadon addiction
Mogadon abuse and addiction can impact your physical health, causing:
- Drowsiness and sedation
- Lack of coordination
- Impaired reflexes
- Slurred speech
- Muscle weakness
- Problems with vision
- Low blood pressure
Mental health effects of Mogadon addiction
Mogadon misuse can also have a profound effect on your mental health, resulting in:
- Memory loss
- Vivid nightmares
- Inability to focus
Work and financial impacts of Mogadon addiction
Mogadon may significantly impact your performance at work – you may find that you often forget important information, are unable to concentrate on tasks, and arrive late or miss shifts completely due to the sedative effects of the drug. For some, this could lead to being dismissed. Loss of your job coupled with the need to fuel your ongoing Mogadon addiction can result in huge financial problems down the line.
The impact of Mogadon addiction on relationships
Mogadon addiction does its best to keep you isolated and socially withdrawn, putting a huge strain on relationships with friends and family. With continued use, Mogadon will soon become your number one priority, and your secretive behaviour will chip away at the trust between loved ones. Over time, this can lead to a total breakdown in your relationships as feelings of resentment, hurt and anger bubble over.
The legal implications of Mogadon addiction
While Mogadon is a legal prescription medication, it is still classified as a Class C substance and holds penalties for possession without a prescription. If you are caught with Mogadon, you could face up to 2 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
Helping a loved one with Mogadon addiction
Witnessing a loved one’s addiction to Mogadon is a challenge in itself – it can be difficult to know how to approach the situation and encourage your family member to get the help they need. However, your care and support can make a significant difference in their recovery.
You can help your loved one by:
- Educating yourself on Mogadon addiction
- Encouraging open and honest communication with your loved one
- Engaging in active listening while your loved one is talking
- Avoiding judgemental language and not blaming or criticise your loved one
- Offering emotional support – let them know you understand and will be there for them
- Avoiding enabling behaviours, for example, lending money so they can buy Mogadon
- Not making excuses for their Mogadon use
- Being open to attending family therapy sessions
As well as providing your family member with the support they need, it is vital that you take time for yourself as well. Your own wellbeing is important, so do not be afraid to set boundaries and stick to them.
Mogadon addiction: dispelling the myths
There are many misconceptions surrounding Mogadon addiction, and sadly these myths can prevent you from getting the help you need. Oasis Runcorn is here to shed light on the truth and help you get the answers to your questions.
Myth: Mogadon is a harmless sleep aid – it can’t be addictive…
Fact: Many individuals believe that because Mogadon can be prescribed by a doctor, it cannot be harmful. While this is true if the drug is taken as instructed, taking higher doses more frequently can have devastating consequences.
Myth: You don’t need professional help to quit Mogadon…
Fact: Just like any other addiction, Mogadon addiction is a complex condition that is very difficult to overcome alone. Treatment requires that you address both the psychological and physical aspects of your drug use in order to be successful.
Myth: Only those with a history of substance abuse will become addicted to Mogadon…
Fact: Individuals with a history of substance abuse may be more vulnerable to Mogadon addiction. However, anyone who uses the drug can develop dependence. Factors such as genetics, using from a young age and suffering from mental health issues can all contribute to Mogadon addiction, regardless of a person’s prior substance abuse history.
Can I overcome Mogadon addiction?
The good news is, Oasis Runcorn offers an extensive Mogadon treatment programme that aims to help you overcome Mogadon addiction. Our experienced staff will ensure that you are safe and comfortable throughout the detox and withdrawal stage of recovery. Our therapists will then work with you to address the underlying causes of your Mogadon use, teaching you stress management techniques and coping strategies to prevent future relapse.
If you are ready to take the leap and start your recovery at our rehab centre, call our team today. We are here to help you tackle your Mogadon addiction and take back control of your life.