Coping With Sleeping Pill Addiction

479973023There are many different kinds of sleeping pills. Benzodiazepines are the most common kind of tranquilizers that are used by doctors, and these drugs can be quite addictive. Ativan, Valium and Xanax are incredibly popular sleeping pills, along with Klonopin, Restoril, Rohypnol, Imovane, Dalmane, Ambien and Lunesta.

Addiction to sleeping pills is a very common phenomenon. People can sometimes become dependent on sleeping pills even if they are taking them under a doctor’s supervision. It is common for people who have never taken sleeping pills to blame the addict for becoming dependent on the drug, but in truth even if you follow the instructions given by your doctor and take sleeping pills only in accordance with their recommendations you can still become addicted.  The body builds up tolerance to sleeping pills, and it is important that your habits are monitored carefully to ensure that you do not develop an addiction.

One problem with benzodiazepines is that while they are frequently prescribed to treat anxiety, you can become more anxious, and have your sleep disturbed, if you take them for a long time. This can lead to situations where your tranquilizer or sleeping pill is designed to help you sleep, but it causes depression, and you then need to take an antidepressant to counteract the effects of the tranquilizer. The only way to break the cycle is to taper the sleeping pill, and this can cause painful withdrawal symptoms.

Benzodiazepines are still prescribed by doctors because they can be helpful in the short term. However, you should take care when taking these drugs or any other sleeping pills. They are a short term stopgap to what can be a serious problem, and you should work with your doctor to resolve the underlying condition before it becomes problematic.

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2 responses to “Coping With Sleeping Pill Addiction

  1. I’m on lunesta. I’ve been taking it for 5 years now. I did notice that after a while it takes longer an longer to fall asleep. So what I’ve done is also buy an over the counter sleeping pill. I switch back an forth every few days. I’ve found that doing it that way, my body doesn’t build up any tolerance to either one and I get to fall asleep at a normal time.
    Biggest reason I’m taking them is I’m not only bipolar, but also have ADHD and anxiety. With all that, my brain never shuts off. Sleeping pills are the only way I get any rest at all.

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