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The Problem With Addictive Sleep Medications

Florida-Drug-RehabSleeping pills like Diazepam (Valium) and other “hypnosedatives” for over a month or so may develop physical and psychological dependency depending on dosage amount, how frequently it was used, and what kind of sedative/depressant is being used. Every person reacts differently to drugs, so it’s always important to speak with your doctor closely about how, when, why you are taking the prescribed drugs. If the sleeping pills are not prescribed, it’s highly recommended not to take the drug at all before speaking with a health professional. Popular sleeping medications include: Valium, Xanax, Diazepam, and Sobril.

It’s also important to note that after about 2 months, if used constantly, the potency and effectiveness of the sleeping pills will diminish as tolerance in the body builds. If this occurs, more than likely the user’s body has already become addicted to the drug, craving higher dosages to feel the same high as the initial dose. The user will have trouble quitting and make require counseling or addiction treatment at a rehab center to stabilize his or her body once again, and return to a life without sleeping pills. The process of quitting may be very difficult to achieve because not only do withdrawal symptoms arise as result of quitting, but the sleep problems that the pills were treating in the first place will most likely return.

As a result, the individual will end up attempting to treat both the sleep problem, and an addiction to sleeping pills. It is recommended to seek alternative non-addictive (or non-abusive) sleep medications, or seeking alternative ways to heal insomnia.


If you are looking for a comprehensive drug addiction treatment program, one that will take you from Detox to After Care, then Florida Center For Recovery is the right place for you. Offering a unique blend of traditional and holistic approaches, we’ve been helping clients in drug addiction recovery for over 10 years.

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