Ambien Abuse and Addiction

With the range of stressful experiences, people encounter in life some turn to taking this medication to provide them with the sleep they need but aren’t easily able to get.  Some people also turn to abusing the drug to experience the pleasurable feeling it provides or to escape the realities they would rather not deal with. In both cases, continued use of the drug decreases its effectiveness as the body adapts to it and opens the door to the user becoming addicted.  When taken with alcohol the chemical components of the drug are altered and can result in an increased risk of addiction.

What is Ambien?

Ambien is a prescription drug (Zolpidem), belonging to the central nervous system (CNS) depressants group of drugs that are used to treat people with insomnia in the short-term. The result is the user feeling a comfortably and pleasurably sedated. The drug also works to help the person remain asleep throughout the course of the night. Ambien is typically taken orally, however, some people crush and snort the tablets for a more intense effect.

Signs of Ambien Abuse

When someone is addicted to Ambien several behaviors may be noticed. Some of these include wanting to get the drug ahead of the prescribed schedule, driving while under the influence of the drug and doctor shopping to get more of the drug to name a few. Some signs someone that is abusing the drug may display include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sore Throat
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pains
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Euphoria

Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal

When someone has abused Ambien for an extended period of time no longer taking the drug can lead to several symptoms which may make actually stopping the use of the drug very difficult. These symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Severe Insomnia
  • Stomach Pain
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting

Getting Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Ambien we are here to help.

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