Barbiturates are a class of sedative drugs that are generally used for anxiety, but also used for insomnia and other disorders. They also have a high risk for recreational use and abuse. People usually take barbiturates recreationally for their relaxing and euphoric effects.
Barbiturates were used by medical professionals extremely frequently during the 1960s and 1970s, but are less common today. Due to the amount of people abusing them and experiencing negative side effects from long term use, they began to be replaced by benzos or other prescription medications.
Due to the propensity for abuse, barbiturates are being prescribed less often today than they were ten years ago. Those who use barbiturates often form a chemical dependency very quickly. They also have a relatively high risk for overdose which only increases the risks associated with barbiturate use and addiction.
Barbiturates are a class of drugs that affect the GABA receptors in the brain, similarly to Benzodiazepines. Barbiturate drugs sedate the brain and body and are considered to be more dangerous than benzodiazepines with respect to risks of overdose. Barbiturates were extremely popular in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, but have become less popular as most barbiturates are being replaced by benzodiazepines.
When people use barbiturates for an extended period of time, they build a tolerance to the drug. This results in them using a higher dose of barbiturates to achieve the desired effect. Over time, increased tolerance and use leads to dependence and addiction. As addiction to barbiturates progresses, it compounds itself as tolerance and dependence become more severe.
Barbiturates are classified as a schedule 3 substance by the DEA. This is due to their high potential for abuse and addiction. Barbiturate addiction, while less common due to its lowered rate of use by doctors, is still a serious addiction that dictates professional help.
Those who have a dependence or addiction to barbiturates usually experience withdrawal symptoms as quickly as 6 hours after their last dose of the drug. Barbiturates are also commonly used in combination with other drugs like opiates or alcohol. This frequently leads to addiction to multiple drugs and only increases the risks associated with use.
Common signs and symptoms of barbiturate use or intoxication include:
- Inability to think clearly
- Loss of balance
- Slurred speech
- Slowed heart rate
- Lack of coordination
These symptoms are frequently confused with alcohol intoxication, as they are very similar. Barbiturate addiction also leads to a greatly increased risk of overdose.
Barbiturate Withdrawal and Treatment
For those who are physically dependent on barbiturates, withdrawal is an extremely uncomfortable and dangerous experience. Detox from barbiturates should always be done in a medical setting wherever possible. Withdrawal symptoms from barbiturates include:
- Sweating and Chills
Due to the serious nature of these symptoms and the risk of seizures and other complications, detox should always be done in a medical treatment facility. Barbiturates is one of the few drugs that can result in potentially life threatening side effects like coma or death. It is for this reason that effective treatment is necessary.
At the Haven Detox, we begin with an assessment to determine the medical needs of the individual. Afterwards, an individualized treatment plan is created and medications are administered to reduce and alleviate any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Our state-of-the-art facility allows for comfort and effective medical treatment of withdrawal symptoms to prepare people for recovery.
After the detox process, treatment begins through evidence based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy. We utilize individual and group therapy to help identify past behaviors that led to addiction. Those in our care also work regularly with their therapist to help overcome any past traumas or experiences that function as triggers to relapse.
Our program centers around comfort, stability, and treatment. Beyond inpatient care, outpatient care and support groups are always recommended. Treatment for barbiturate abuse is not a one size fits all solution and often requires modification and adaptation in a treatment plan to prove successful.
We offer a full continuum of care between our inpatient detox and residential program at the Haven Detox, and outpatient care at our facility the Recovery Team. Our unique ability to treat even the most severe cases, while still offering outpatient care for mild cases and as a step down program makes our program extremely successful.
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