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Addiction to sleeping pills: The facts

When used safely and correctly, sleeping pills are an effective way of helping to manage your sleep. However, when abused, like any other drug, they become dangerous.

Despite the fact that sleeping medication may prescribed by a doctor or available at a pharmacy, it doesn’t mean that they are any less addictive than illegal drugs and an addiction to sleeping pills is increasingly common.

While some successfully manage to treat short-term insomnia with sleeping tablets, others can develop a dependency on them. A reliance upon the prescribed drugs develops to the point where some users find themselves unable to sleep without the help of a pill.

In fact, it’s not until they stop taking a sleeping pill that many people start to realise that they have developed an addiction.

Stress with work issues and long hours add to the need to turn to sleeping pills to get sleep for the following day. The trouble starts when the original dosage no longer delivers the desired effect of drowsiness, so an extra pill or two are ingested. Over time, an addicted person could be taking over a dozen pills to get to sleep.

This Port of Call blog post aims to help you to understand how to cure addiction to sleeping pills by going into more details about the symptoms and side effects.

The facts about sleeping pills

Addiction to sleeping pills: Symptoms and side effects

Drugs like cocaine, heroin and cannabis may receive more negative media attention because they are considered ‘street’ drugs. A common perception is that prescribed drugs are safer, but that doesn’t make an addiction to sleeping pills any less dangerous.

Some of the symptoms and side effects of abusing prescription sleeping pills can include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired memory
  • Inability to focus
  • Numbed senses
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Lack of coordination
  • Unsteadiness
  • Drowsiness
  • Itching and swelling
  • Depressed breathing rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness

The longer you have been using sleeping pills, the more intense the above side effects and symptoms are likely to be.

Aside from the symptoms and side effects, addiction to prescription medications also start to impact your life and your relationships negatively. A pattern of the following starts to emerge as addiction tightens its grip:

  • Loss of employment from lateness/absenteeism at work
  • Loss of interest in favourite activities
  • Lack of exercise/physical exertion
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Irrational behaviour
  • Risky/dangerous decision-making
  • Avoiding responsibilities to spouse/children

How to treat addiction to sleeping pills with Port of Call

If you can relate to the symptoms and side effects of a sleeping pill or pain killer addiction, the next step is to embark on a course of treatment.

With the help of Port of Call, your dependency on prescription drugs can be dealt with in the most appropriate program that meets your needs. When you first contact a member of our team, you will speak in confidence to one of our dedicated professionals who will listen to your history, condition and concerns.

Once your situation has been assessed, a comprehensive list of treatment programs is researched and made available to you. With our guidance, you will be provided with all the information needed to make an informed decision.

All our trained counsellors have come through recovery themselves and are only too aware of the need to find the right help to suit you. Options include admission into a luxury drug rehab for those who require more personalised treatment.

Private drug rehab offers abstinence-based programmes aimed at helping users to break free from drug dependency on addiction to sleeping pills. It can be treated, and you can look forward to a life of sobriety.

Please don’t delay. The sooner you take the first step towards addressing an addiction to sleeping pills, the sooner you can get back to the life you deserve.

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About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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