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Restoril Withdrawal

Restoril addiction is caused by long-term use of benzodiazepine, a chemical component found in common prescription pills. Restoril, which is temazepam generically is a hypnotic drug that aids individuals struggling with insomnia by inducing drowsiness. Benzodiazepine or benzos are known for creating addiction among many users if they are not careful. 

Many of those who use the medication will develop tolerance and dependence, which leads to people taking higher doses of the drug. Withdrawal symptoms begin when the user quits and can be harsh and adverse. While psychoactive drugs are known to cause withdrawal symptoms, benzos bring the most intense symptoms. 

Anxiety and sleep disorders are common reasons that these drugs are prescribed. Unfortunately, they are among the most diagnosed mental health disorders, which at times, can be debilitating. Despite the success benzodiazepines have had to treat these problems, they come with severe risks that sometimes outweigh the benefits. Benzodiazepines are rarely prescribed for more than three weeks at a time because of their addictive properties. 

While they are designed for short-term use, many people ignore the warnings and continue to take Restoril. Unfortunately, it soon reaches a point where they cannot stop on their own. They either can’t overcome the cravings or fear sets in about the adverse and sometimes deadly withdrawal symptoms that may occur. If you are currently using Restoril as prescribed, you should still get an idea of what to expect if you decide to stop. 

What Are the Restoril Withdrawal Symptoms?

Benzodiazepine withdrawals are among the worst and most intense of any other drugs during detox. As a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, it shares characteristics similar to alcohol and opioids. If you are heavily addicted to Restoril, you may experience fatal symptoms if it’s not appropriately treated.

The first signs of the withdrawal period are:

  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Chest Pain
  • Hypertension
  • Muscle Cramps

During the peak of withdrawal, you may experience deadly symptoms, such as:

  • Uncontrollable muscle spasms
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Rebound insomnia
  • Rebound anxiety
  • Vivid nightmares or other sleep disturbances
  • Seizures

People who use this drug begin to develop not only a psychological dependence but a physical one as well. A common symptom among sleeping aids is rebound insomnia. Rebound insomnia occurs after the user stops taking the drug, and the brain’s chemical dependency starts kicking in. The psychological effects are anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, uncontrollable crying, and recurring nightmares. In some instances,  long-time users may experience seizures if not careful. 

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What Are The Stages in Restoril Withdrawal Timeline?

It’s understandable that someone going through Restoril withdrawal needs to know how long it lasts. However, there are many factors that determine the severity and length of the process. We all possess unique characteristics, which means no single person will have the exact same experience. There is a general timeline that you can refer to, but the length is going to vary by person. These factors include:

  • How they were consuming Restoril (oral ingestion, snorting, injection, etc.)
  • How high their dose was and how often
  • How long they used Restoril
  • If they are abusing other benzodiazepines, drugs, or alcohol in conjunction with Restoril
  • If they are struggling with co-occurring disorders
  • Their physical health
  • History of addiction
  • If they experience benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome during their detox

Early Withdrawal Stage (First 24 Hours)

In most cases, with users of benzos, the first signs of withdrawal can be experienced within a few hours of when the person stops intake. This is common because the brain has already been used for consistent consumption. During this stage, the person may begin to experience some anxiety. Common symptoms are also rebound insomnia. During this period, many people tend to go back (relapse), so they can get some good rest.

Acute Withdrawal Stage (First Weeks to Several Months) 

Many of the withdrawal complications emerge in the first few days to a week at this stage of withdrawal. The person may begin to experience panic attacks, muscle spasms, nausea, blurred vision, hallucinations, clouded thinking, mood swings, and cravings for the drug. Doctors recommend users find help to prevent a relapse, which is more common in the early stages. 

A small percentage of people will experience these symptoms for some time, which can extend up to several months or years. For this reason, benzos are considered to be a very dangerous chemical compound. 

Dealing with the Symptoms 

People facing these issues will often fall back to the drug. It’s difficult to combat all these aspects alone without professional help. These symptoms are strong indicators that the brain is trying to balance itself and cause negative effects in the user’s body. 

Some people deal with it by falling back into old habits or trying other substances that may alleviate or reduce the unpleasant experiences. This may lead to worse results for the person. The best option is to seek professional medical attention with doctors that will evaluate the person’s individual situation and apply a specific treatment plan for them. This is called detox. 

Why Should I Detox?

The best way to ensure a safe path to recovery is to find medical help as soon as possible. There are different ways to go about this, but doctors recommend medical detox. The process consists of medical professionals that administer specific medications that can help ease the user through the withdrawal phase. 

It’s an excellent option for those struggling with a severe addiction to Restoril. If you have reached a point where you want to stop using drugs, you shouldn’t endanger your life in the process.

With these medications, people find themselves sleeping better and recovering from a strong withdrawal phase, which alters their psychological and physical capacities. People shouldn’t try to find alternative medication for their withdrawal symptoms. Instead, they should enter a detox facility for supervised treatments. 

Other forms of treatment are addiction therapy sessions, which help treat patients who struggle with relapse.

Relapse can be caused by strong dependency and or withdrawal. During these sessions, many people find relief and are oriented to help them with their past addictions. 

What’s The Next Treatment Step?

Substance use treatment and recovery have become a lot more accessible over the years. These options are available to help anyone who is struggling with addiction, withdrawal, or facing deep psychological issues to which people become reliant on substances. Maryland is one of the states where addiction rates are high. Users have many options to help them be free from drug or substance abuse.

People have the possibility of choosing various forms of treatment that best suits them. Users can acquire in-house treatments for short or long-term, known as residential treatments. Outpatient programs are also very common among patients. This allows people to be functional throughout their daily lives and be able to check in regularly to follow up on their treatment. 

Whatever the option may be, if initial action is not taken, recovery will never come. If you are currently struggling with withdrawal or addiction or know somebody who is in this particular situation, find help today. 

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