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If you are addicted to sedative-hypnotics and are contemplating detox, it is vitally important that any detox from this type of drug is supervised by medical professionals. The most common sedative-hypnotic drug addiction t that we treat are: Xanax, Benzodiazepine, Ativan, and Valium. Drugs that are considered tranquilizers or barbiturates also fall under this category, along with other prescription drugs like like Librium, Sonata, Lunesta, and Serax.  Like alcohol, it is dangerous to attempt a detox from these substances alone, as it can result in death.

The first stage of any recovery process is detox. At Cornerstone, years of experience with clients from all over Southern California suffering from every kind of addiction has enabled us to create a detox program tailored to each individual, that aims to make detox from sedative-hypnotics not just medically safe but as comfortable as possible. Our team of addiction specialists will gently guide you through detox with care and compassion.

Managing Sedative-Hypnotic Withdrawal Symptoms

Effective management of symptoms associated with sedative-hypnotic withdrawals can be the difference between failure or success of a detox. Feelings of anxiety, restlessness, shaking  and sweating are usual indicators of dependence, but these symptoms left untreated can quickly morph into convulsions and death. At Cornerstone we can provide 24/7 medical care and attention, ensuring your safety at all times. We are also able to administer medications to alleviate the physical and psychological symptoms that arise.

Sedative-Hypnotic Detox Medication

Medications used during detox from sedative-hypnotics can help with some of the symptoms that arise. Detox and withdrawal from Xanax, Benzodiazepine, Ativan, Valium, and other similar drugs are generally treated with a tapering off process. A gentle weaning off helps the body and mind to adjust safely. An initial evaluation with us will determine the specific nature of your detox, with your comfort and care a priority. Different dependencies require us to tailor individual treatment plans overseen by medical professionals that have guided thousands of patients onto the road of recovery.

If You’re Taking Other Drugs

Polydrug use is common among those addicted to sedative-hypnotics, with users taking more than one type of substance to get high or even function. You will be given an opportunity to explore which types of drugs you are taking with an addiction professional. This will give us a better idea of how to design your treatment plan.

Your Prescription Medications

At Cornerstone, we need to know of any prescribed medications you may be taking. This list can be obtained from your physician. The reason for this is that our detox medications if taken in combination with your prescription medication, could have an adverse effect. Contraindications are uncommon but we need to guard against this and your safety is paramount.

Common Sedative-Hypnotic Withdrawal Symptoms

Again, withdrawal symptoms from this family of drugs can result in death. For this reason, detox should not be attempted in isolation. Success can be achieved by accessing professional assistance. The physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms associated with sedative-hypnotics, though difficult to overcome, should not be feared. Our experience has shown that with the correct care, detox can be a gentle process that propels you towards recovery.

Physical Withdrawal Symptoms From Sedative Hypnotics

At Cornerstone, we understand how difficult the early stages of any detox may be. Many people often fear the physical withdrawal symptoms, and this fear may keep you addicted for much longer than is needed. Stopping sedative-hypnotics without medical help is not an option, the dangers are too great. Common withdrawal symptoms in the early stages of detox include restlessness, excessive sweating, and nausea. If you are experiencing these symptoms on your own, you should seek professional help. At Cornerstone, we aim to make your detox not only safe but comfortable. Most physical symptoms will be greatly reduced when under our care.

Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms From Sedative Hypnotics

Addiction to sedative-hypnotics is complex. Different drugs will affect the brain in different ways, normal brain chemistry is altered and psychological dependence can become entrenched. Alongside insomnia, feelings of depression and anxiety are often felt in the early stages of withdrawal. Absence of a drug that has been used as a mood stabilizer or sleeping aid, can take some time getting used to. Rest assured that at Cornerstone, we are confident that we can deal with any symptoms as they arise.

What is the Timeline to Detox From Sedative-Hypnotics?

A standard detox will normally last between 7 and 14 days. However, it should be noted that no detox should be rushed. And because of the medical danger (serious injury or death) of withdrawing from Xanax, Benzodiazepine, Ativan, Valium, and other similar drugs, this is even more so the case. We have noticed that the gentler the detox process the better chance there is of sustained long-term recovery. A sedative-hypnotic detox will differ in length from person to person. That said, the time you have been taking a substance alongside the amounts you have been taking we can draw upon our expertise and vast experience to give you a rough indication of the detox timeline.

Will a Detox be Enough for Long-Term Recovery?

Long-term recovery can seldom be achieved by a detox alone. Though detox can be a vital first stage, our experience shows that once completed, those that choose to lengthen the treatment process stand a much greater chance of success. By continuing the treatment process within an inpatient treatment facility, the underlying causes of your addiction can be addressed. Addiction professionals at Cornerstone are able to provide a carefully crafted treatment program designed to explore and discover these issues. By offering a wide range of therapeutic modalities, and a recovery community with an emphasis on having fun, we have been able to create an environment suited to gaining long-term sobriety.

What Happens After a Sedative-Hypnotic Detox?

Cornerstone’s aim is to give you the best chance of obtaining long-term recovery. After detox, we would recommend that you move into an inpatient treatment facility. At Cornerstone, we can offer a supportive, therapeutic environment within our inpatient treatment center, where the causes of your addiction can be addressed. A detox offers hope while treatment crafts a vision for life without drugs.

Our treatment program at Cornerstones has been meticulously designed and consists of individual and group therapy sessions, DBT, CBT as well as a number of creative and holistic therapies.

We understand how important family can be in the recovery process, we, therefore, offer family therapy at no extra cost.

Our residential houses are all male and all-female. Each rehab house has six residents. Most evenings transport will be provided to 12-step fellowship meetings.

Sedative-Hypnotic Detox FAQ

Is a Sedative-Hypnotic Detox Safe?

Compared to other drug withdrawal and detoxing sedative-hypnotic drugs can be uniquely dangerous. A managed detox from sedative-hypnotics under the care of addiction professionals is the safest way to attempt a detox. Detox should not be tried alone as the dangers can be fatal.

What is the Safest Way to Detox From Sedative-Hypnotics?

The safest way to detox from sedative-hypnotics is within a detox unit. With your willpower and commitment alongside our expertise, together we make your recovery long-term and sustainable.

Can you Avoid Sedative-Hypnotic Withdrawal Symptoms?

Avoiding all withdrawal symptoms concerned with sedative-hypnotics is unlikely. What can be guaranteed is that at Cornerstone you will be made as comfortable as possible. Many of our clients who have completed detox successfully believe they were held back due to the fear of detoxing. Don’t have that fear. Make today the first day of the rest of your life.


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