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Going to an Inpatient Rehabilitation for Barbiturates Detox

Barbiturates are a class of drugs that have depressant and calming effects on the mind and body. First patented in the mid-1800s, barbiturates were quite common in the early part of the last century as sleep aids and hypnotics. Since then, barbiturates have been distilled down to twelve different medications, the most common being phenobarbital. Phenobarbital is prescribed to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders, migraines, alcohol and benzodiazepine poisoning, intracranial pressure, and as an anesthetic. A tolerance can form once the drug is prescribed. Tolerance happens when the user needs higher and higher doses to achieve the needed effect. Once on the road to dependence, the tapering off or even cessation of the drug results in unpleasant, even fatal withdrawal symptoms that require assistance by a barbiturates detox facility. 

Barbiturates can be easily abused. What makes barbiturates deadly is the line between a safe dose and a deadly one is razor thin, leading to a high rate of accidental overdose, even in patients legally prescribed the drug.

Coma or even death can happen with a barbiturate overdose. Making things even worse, coma or death can happen with the abrupt cessation of the long-term use of barbiturates, and many users are afraid to embark on the journey to recovery.

Fortunately, there are resources and dedicated professionals available for help in treating barbiturate addiction. Those seeking treatment for addiction are urged to not quit cold-turkey or without the guidance of a trained medical professional.

How painful can barbiturates withdrawal be?

Barbiturate withdrawal includes a host of unpleasant symptoms, including the following:

  • Tremors
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Hallucinations
  • High temperatures
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Suicidal thoughts

Newborns whose mothers took barbiturates during pregnancy are at-risk of being born with an addiction and experience withdrawal symptoms.

People recovering can suffer from hallucinations and can become violent to themselves and others.

Barbiturate withdrawal can be fatal. Seizures coupled with confusion and fever can become present in up to 75% of people in withdrawal.

The confusion present in barbiturate withdrawal is called delirium tremens. This is also seen in individuals recovering from alcohol withdrawal. If not treated, delirium tremens can lead to a high fever, heart failure, and death.

These fatal withdrawal symptoms are why it is so important for individuals in recovery to seek care in a hospital or medical barbiturates detox center.

Can barbiturates be stopped cold-turkey?

No, it is not wise to quit barbiturates cold-turkey. Those addicted to barbiturates require long-term therapy to break the drug’s hold and to prevent deadly withdrawal symptoms.

Individuals recovering from long-term barbiturate addiction must take low doses of the drug for a tapering-off effect. This is called detoxification and must be started under the care of a medical professional.

What are the most severe health issues to be concerned about in barbiturates detox?

Barbiturate addiction and withdrawal are potentially deadly. The risk of developing delirium tremens can cause heart failure, coma, and death.

Furthermore, even with the recommended tapering-off effect during treatment, suicidal thoughts are a common withdrawal symptom. Individuals recovering from addiction need to be monitored by trained medical staff and therapists to overcome barbiturate addiction safely and effectively.

How long do barbiturate withdrawal symptoms last?

Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms are felt acutely as soon as 16 hours after the last dose. Withdrawal symptoms can last up to two weeks, sometimes a little longer.

The symptoms are most severe at the beginning of the withdrawal phase. Users are at high-risk for harm once firmly entrenched in the withdrawal phase.

How can a medical barbiturates detox facility help?barbiturates detox facility

Individuals seeking to recover from barbiturate addiction should not attempt to quit on their own. Quitting cold-turkey is especially dangerous, and so can quitting without undergoing a regimented barbiturates detox process.

At a medical facility, recovering addicts are under the care and supervision of doctors and trained professionals. Safety is of the utmost concern, and individuals can be effectively monitored and given the right dose of medication to prevent deadly withdrawals symptoms.

Furthermore, some of the more unpleasant and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can be lessened with safe and correctly dosed medications, such as sleeping aids and anti-anxiety medications.

At Casa Capri, those suffering from barbiturate addiction are given the care they need to make a safe and stable life-long recovery. Trained medical professionals oversee the barbiturates detox process and recovery is undertaken in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Please don’t suffer in silence. Contact Casa Capri today and begin the healing journey to life-long recovery from addiction today.

At the accredited barbiturate addiction rehab at Casa Capri, our loving and experienced staff is passionate about your recovery. We know what it takes for young women to achieve quality, long-term sobriety because most of our all-female team of doctors, therapists and counselors are in recovery too. The journey begins with a stay at our medically supervised barbiturate detox. This nurturing, home-like environment is a safe space to rest as you are gently tapered off addictive barbiturates, such as Amytal® or Nembutal®.  You’ve struggled long enough. Hope and healing are just a phone call away at 855-816-8826.

If you or someone you love is addicted to barbiturates, Casa Capri’s prescription drug detox center can help you safely and comfortably transition off addictive substances and avoid intense, painful and potentially dangerous withdrawals. Our staff doctors are on call 24/7 and may prescribe medication to relieve acute symptoms and keep you relaxed and comfy. In only a few days you’ll be feeling like yourself again and ready to move to the inpatient phase of treatment.

Casa Capri’s individualized approach and customizable addiction treatment programs at our barbiturate addiction rehab are as unique as you are. Whatever your needs require—whether you’re dealing with co-existing addiction types, dual diagnosis’, anxiety, depression, eating disorders or trauma—we have the personalized therapies and holistic healing modalities to give you the tools and skills you’ll need to create a life you’re truly excited about living. It’s time to thrive. Don’t wait another day to begin this amazing journey, call now 855-816-8826.

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