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Identifying Signs of Addiction to Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills, prescribed for the treatment of insomnia, are rampantly abused in America. They are highly
addictive and people can easily get dependent on them. As per reports, a whopping 38 million
prescriptions were written for Ambien, a common sleeping pill, during 2006-2011.
One of the reasons for such heavy use of sleeping pills is the belief that they cannot be harmful since they
are prescribed by doctors. There is a general notion that sleeping pills are not addictive and hence there
is no chance of any misuse. On the contrary, people grow dependent after a while and are unable to sleep
without taking these pills. They invariably have to increase the dosage to get the desired effects or to fall
asleep, and this is how the problem of addiction originates.
Commonly known as zdrugs for their property
of inducing sleep,
most common sleeping
drugs include Ambien
acid (GABA) receptors
in the brain and have
fewer side effects.
Veritable signs of sleeping pill addiction
People do not easily accept the fact that sleeping pills can have ill effects. They think that it is impossible
to get addicted to sleeping pills and feel that even doctors corroborate this claim. But the truth is that
over a period of time they become unable to sleep without a pill and invariably have to increase the
dosage. This is a clear sign of getting addicted to sleeping pills. They tend to realize it only when they try
to stop taking the pills and suddenly face problems in sleeping. The withdrawal signs of sleeping pills are
as real as that of any other addictive drug.
One should always look for the following signs to ascertain whether an addiction or tolerance has set in:
• making unsuccessful attempts to quit
• showing heightened cravings for sleep medications
• visiting multiple doctors for prescription refills
• continuing to take the pills by overlooking negative effects
• witnessing frequent memory loss after using the pills
In fact, the addiction starts the moment one begins to increase the dose. More often than not, it happens
without the guidance of a physician.
Effects of sleeping pill abuse
Sleeping pills are fast-acting drugs, and their effects on the brain can manifest the very first time they are
taken. Usually, doctors prescribe sleeping pills for a short term and only in cases of severe insomnia. They
are never safe to be used randomly and at will by anybody. The repercussions could be lethal as commonly
seen. Higher dosages of sleeping pills cause drowsiness and a feel-good sensation, which is similar to that
caused by benzodiazepines. They can also induce hallucinations when a person tries to stay awake after
taking the pill. Some of the most common side effects of sleeping pill abuse are:
• lessening of anxiety
• uninterrupted and dreamless sleep
• lack of coordination
Seeking the advice of a doctor as soon as possible is the remedy for sleeping pill abuse. Lest, it could be
fatal at times.
Similarly, addiction to any substance is a scourge and should be intervened at the earliest with the right
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