If you’ve been having troubling getting to sleep on time due to illness, injury or stress, your doctor may prescribe for you a drug called Ambien. When used properly and sparingly, this drug should present no problems for the patient for whom it’s prescribed. However, when used incorrectly or for recreational purposes, Ambien can lead to a great many physical and psychological problems, including the worst one of all: addiction.
Ambien Is Helpful, When Used Properly
Ambien is available only by prescription from a doctor. It cannot be purchased at a supermarket or “over-the-counter” at a pharmacy. If you’re approached by a person who offers to make Ambien available to you, be sure to decline the offer, as it’s most assuredly being sold in an illegal manner.
When used properly, Ambien is very helpful in allowing patients to get the rest and relaxation needed to fully recuperate from an illness. It can also be used on a short-term basis in those suffering insomnia due to other factors. Ambien is a very strong drug, and definitely isn’t recommended for casual or recreational usage.
How Proper Use Develops Into Abuse
There are a number of ways by which the proper use of this powerful but dangerous drug can turn into Ambien abuse. Even if you’re taking Ambien under the care of a physician and have no intention of using the drug for recreational purposes, there may come a time when you accidentally miss a dose. If this occurs, it’s important that you simply wait until the next time you’re scheduled to take Ambien. It’s also crucial that you only take the normal dose of Ambien your doctor has prescribed, rather than “doubling up” on your dosage.
Equally as important is that you notify your doctor if the dose prescribed for you begins to become ineffective in allowing you to attain sleep. Never prescribe your own dosage of the drug to make up for its ineffectiveness in addressing your symptoms. This form of “self-medication” is one of the surest ways to develop a habit, thus falling into the trap of chronic Ambien abuse.
Signs and Symptoms of Ambien Abuse
The signs and symptoms of Ambien abuse include several that can be easily spotted by a person who’s paying attention to the physical and psychological effects this powerful drug can deliver. Common Ambien addiction and withdrawal symptoms may include some of the following:
-Extreme nausea, queasiness or vomiting
-Dizziness or the inability to get one’s balance
-Impaired alertness, or a feeling of being extremely drowsy or only half-awake
-An increase in insomnia, to the point of not being able to sleep at all
-Extreme or migraine headaches, blurred vision due to headaches
-Extreme cramps in the stomach or crippling stomach pains
-Extreme irritability, crankiness, impatience or anger
-Confusion, impaired judgement or the inability to focus or concentrate
These are only a few of the most common symptoms people normally experience when suffering an addiction to Ambien. If you or someone close to you is experiencing any of these symptoms, summon professional medical help immediately.
Ambien Addiction Can Lead to Suicidal Thoughts and Actions
It’s important for you to realize that the abuse of Ambien can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. For example, the case of Junior Seau, a well-known football player, has garnered plenty of attention in the media. After nearly two decades spent playing in the NFL, Seau retired due to injuries received while playing the game. Seau was prescribed Ambien by a doctor after reporting that he was suffering from chronic insomnia due to the many concussions he had received during his career.
In July 2012, Seau suddenly committed suicide. An autopsy revealed that Ambien was the only drug in his system. It’s believed his suicidal action was caused in part by the effects of Ambien addiction. Since the tragic early death of this NFL great, many other cases of suicidal thoughts, feelings and actions have been linked to abuse of this dangerous drug.
How and Where Can You Get the Help You Need for Ambien Addiction?
If you’re suffering from the negative physical and psychological effects of Ambien addiction, you need to get into a program of rehab and counseling as soon as possible. The effects of Ambien abuse are as powerful and dangerous as they are relatively unpredictable, so the time to seek help for addiction is now.
You should know that there’s help available for your addiction, and you’re not the first person to fall prey to the effects of Ambien abuse. If you need help finding a rehab program in your area that’s right for your needs, please call the special drug addiction hotline at 800-447-9081 today for further information on how to proceed.