September 5th, 2023
It’s late at night. You’ve tried everything – warm milk, soft music, a new book. Nothing works. You’re trapped in a cycle of sleepless nights, and the only solution that seems effective is zolpidem. You started taking it to manage insomnia, but now you find yourself trapped in the cycle of zolpidem addiction. This can feel like an inescapable situation, but there is a way out. Zolpidem rehab can help you overcome your dependency, allow your body to heal and enable you to plan a brighter future.
What is zolpidem rehab?
Zolpidem rehab is a specialist form of sleeping pill rehab designed to help you overcome physical and psychological dependence on zolpidem. It’s not just about stopping the use of zolpidem; it’s about holistic healing and personal growth towards a happy, healthy life.
At its core, zolpidem rehab is a two-pronged approach. First, the physical component is zolpidem detox, where your body is cleansed of the drug. Second, the psychological component involves understanding why the addiction occurred and learning strategies to prevent relapse.
Facing the challenges of zolpidem rehab
Starting rehab is a brave decision, but it comes with a number of challenges that you will need to conquer. These include:
Adjusting to a new environment…
Entering zolpidem rehab involves moving away from your familiar surroundings, often at a time when you’re feeling vulnerable. It can take time to adjust to the unfamiliar people, schedules and rules of a rehab centre, but this is totally normal.
To make the transition easier, remember that all the staff in the facility are there to support you, so don’t hesitate to voice any concerns you might have. Also, make sure to participate fully in the rehab community, as connecting with others can make the new environment feel more welcoming.
Confronting underlying issues…
Zolpidem dependence often goes hand in hand with underlying mental health issues or unresolved emotional traumas. Confronting these issues during therapy can be emotionally challenging as it might bring up painful memories and emotions. Professional therapists will guide you through this process, ensuring a safe, supportive space for you to explore these issues.
Missing friends and family…
Being separated from loved ones during zolpidem rehab can be hard. You may miss their support or feel guilty or anxious about the impact of your drug use on them. Regular communication can help mitigate these feelings, and many rehab centres allow phone calls or visits from loved ones.
Family therapy sessions can also provide a platform for open communication and mutual understanding, helping to repair strained relationships and build a strong support network for your recovery journey.
Making major lifestyle changes…
Adopting a zolpidem-free lifestyle involves making significant changes to your routines, habits and relationships. This may mean distancing yourself from certain friends or places associated with zolpidem use or finding new ways to handle stress or boredom.
Your therapy sessions will equip you with the skills needed to make these changes. You will learn new coping mechanisms, stress management techniques and strategies to handle triggers. Recreational activities and holistic therapies can also introduce you to new hobbies and activities that can fill your time and offer positive, drug-free enjoyment.
Your zolpidem rehab team will provide continuous support to help you overcome these challenges. They will guide you through the physical discomfort of zolpidem detox, the emotional rollercoaster of therapy and the anxious moments of contemplating a zolpidem-free life. Your strength and determination, coupled with their expertise, can make your journey to recovery a successful one.
Self-check: Do I need zolpidem rehab?
All forms of prescription drug addiction can be hard to recognise, particularly if you were originally prescribed zolpidem for a genuine sleep disorder. Here are some signs to watch for:
- Unable to quit: You have tried to stop or cut down on zolpidem use, but each attempt ends in failure.
- Life disruption: Your zolpidem use is interfering with your work, school or personal relationships.
- Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms: When you try to stop or reduce zolpidem, you experience withdrawal symptoms that cause you discomfort and lead to relapse.
- Increased dosage: You need to take larger doses of zolpidem to achieve the same effects, indicating a developed tolerance.
- Prescription abuse: You take zolpidem without a prescription or other than as prescribed.
If you find these signs relatable, zolpidem rehab can help you transform your life. Remember, the sooner you seek help, the sooner you can start the journey to recovery.
Zolpidem detox: The crucial first step
Detox is the primary stage of zolpidem rehab and a critical step towards recovery. It involves a systematic and medically monitored withdrawal that aims to minimise withdrawal symptoms from zolpidem and the associated risks.
At Oasis Runcorn, zolpidem detox is carried out under the watchful eyes of our experienced medical team, who will monitor your health vitals around the clock. It often involves tapering off the medication rather than stopping it abruptly, a method that lessens the shock to your system and makes zolpidem withdrawal symptoms more manageable.
Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms from zolpidem can be both physical and psychological.
Physical zolpidem withdrawal symptoms
- Tremors: Tremors, particularly in the hands, can be a common symptom when withdrawing from zolpidem. It’s a physical manifestation of your body adjusting to the absence of the drug.
- Rapid heart rate: As your body detoxifies, you might experience episodes of a racing heart or palpitations. This is a stress response as your body is struggling to adapt to the sudden stoppage of the zolpidem it has grown accustomed to.
- Sweats: Night sweats or excessive sweating throughout the day are another physical zolpidem withdrawal symptom. It’s your body’s way of trying to remove toxins, and it can also be a part of the stress response related to zolpidem withdrawal.
Remember, these symptoms can be uncomfortable, but under the guidance of healthcare professionals in a rehab setting, they can be managed effectively, and your safety will be ensured.
Psychological zolpidem withdrawal symptoms
- Anxiety: Zolpidem impacts the chemicals in the brain that influence anxiety levels. When you stop taking zolpidem, you may feel a heightened sense of worry, nervousness or unease and/or experience physical symptoms of anxiety, such as rapid breathing or a racing heart.
- Irritability: You may find yourself easily frustrated or annoyed during the zolpidem withdrawal process. This irritability is often a psychological response to the discomfort of physical zolpidem withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
- Restlessness: During zolpidem withdrawal, you may feel unusually restless or find it hard to relax. This restlessness can stem from a combination of physical discomfort, cravings and anxiety.
- Depression: Feelings of sadness, hopelessness or loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed can also occur during zolpidem withdrawal. Zolpidem affects brain chemicals linked to mood regulation, and when you stop using the drug, you might experience a temporary mood dip.
Zolpidem withdrawal timeline
While it’s challenging to pinpoint a definitive zolpidem withdrawal timeline due to individual differences, a general pattern can be outlined:
- Initial 24 to 48 hours: Within the first day or two after discontinuing zolpidem, you may experience rebound insomnia where the symptoms for which zolpidem was initially prescribed may return and potentially worsen temporarily.
- Days 3 to 5: Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms may peak during this period with anxiety, irritability, restlessness, mood swings, confusion, sweating, tremors, increased heart rate and difficulty concentrating, all common.
- Days 6 to 14: Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms usually begin to subside gradually at this point, but it’s still possible to experience lingering insomnia, anxiety and mood disturbances.
- Weeks 2 to 4: Most acute zolpidem withdrawal symptoms should have resolved by this point, although some people may still experience mild residual symptoms. Insomnia and sleep disturbances may persist, but they generally improve over time.
Zolpidem rehab at Oasis Runcorn
Zolpidem rehab isn’t just about physical healing but also addressing the mental aspects of dependence. As such, various therapy modalities are integrated into treatment plans to assist in this journey, including:
- Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT): DBT helps you become more aware of negative thought patterns leading to zolpidem use, replacing them with healthier ones by taking elements from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) It equips you with practical skills to manage stress, cope with triggers and prevent relapse.
- Group therapy: Sharing experiences, struggles and successes with others going through a similar journey can be incredibly empowering. Group therapy provides this platform, fostering a sense of community and mutual support.
- Family therapy: Zolpidem abuse and dependence doesn’t only affect the individual but also their family and loved ones. Family therapy aims to mend strained relationships and create a supportive home environment, which is critical for long-term recovery.
- Yoga and meditation: Both practices promote mindfulness, helping you stay grounded and present, reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being.
- Art and music therapy: These creative outlets can help you express feelings that may be difficult to put into words, providing a cathartic experience.
Start zolpidem rehab today
Successful recovery requires courage, determination and the right professional help. Zolpidem rehab provides a safe, supportive environment where you can break free from the chains of dependency and reclaim your life. Contact Oasis Runcorn to get started on your journey to recovery and a zolpidem-free life.