We treat Temazepam addiction
Temazepam is a drug used to treat sleep problems and disturbances. It belongs to a drug family called benzodiazepines.
Understanding Temazepam addiction
- It is commonly used to treat insomnia, and is also administered as a pre-med medication before an operation to help a person relax.
- It is available in both liquid and tablet form, and is given only on prescription. A course of Temazepam shouldn’t last any longer than four weeks, and pills or medicine should usually be taken once a day, 30 minutes before going to bed.
- Those who take Temazepam often feel common side effects including light-headedness, feeling sleepy and general confusion. For this reason, it is advised that those who are prescribed the drug do not operate machinery or drink alcohol.
- Temazepam is also known as the brand name Restoril. Street names include Tems, Eggs, Green Eggs, Temazzies, Jellies, Norries and Rugby Balls.
- The drug takes as little as 30 minutes to take effect in the body if swallowed in pill or liquid form. If a person injects, smokes or snorts Temazepam, the effects can be felt more quickly.
- It is understood that chemical imbalances in the brain cause problems sleeping. Temazepam works by producing more gamma-aminobutyric acid, a chemical that calms any overactivity within the brain, helping a person to fall asleep.
What are the effects of Temazepam abuse?
Some people abuse Temazepam not for medical purposes to help with sleep issues, but to experience a high and a feeling of extreme relaxation and calm. Usually, Temazepam is taken alongside other drugs to change the user’s mood and to help them escape from stresses in their daily life.
Signs of Temazepam abuse are:
- Getting duplicate prescriptions from multiple doctors
- Buying drugs on the black market
- Mixing Temazepam with other drugs
- A disinterest in professional and home life
- Taking Temazepam in different ways to get a strong high (such as snorting/injecting)
- Feeling sleepy
- Unpleasant, vivid dreams
- Difficulty staying alert
- Having a dry mouth
- Lack of co-ordination and balance
What are the warning signs of an Temazepam addiction?
Continuing to use Temazepam can result in detriment to a person’s job, friendship circle, family relationships, mental health, physical health and finances. Their behaviour may appear more compulsive and unplanned, with frequent doctor’s visits, stealing drugs from others, buying pills off of the black market or on the street, and pretending to have symptoms in order to get Temazepam on prescription.
Major indications of Temazepam addiction include:
- Laboured, slow breathing
- Feeling shaky
- Memory loss
- Mumbled, confused speech
- Struggling to stay awake
- Lack of attention to personal hygiene
- Taking increasingly larger doses of Temazepam
- Intense cravings for Temazepam
- Digestive discomfort
- Sickness and nausea
What are Temazepam withdrawal symptoms?
Trying to quit Temazepam can be challenging, and usually results in a person experiencing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as their body tries to get itself back on track without the drug. A detox is always the best option, with a tapered programme so that dosage can be gradually lowered over at least two weeks. Flumazenil is a medication that is commonly administered to help deal with any withdrawal symptoms that arise from Temazepam detox.
These symptoms include:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscle aches and pains
- Vomiting and sickness
- Low mood and depression
- Hallucinations and delusions
How to support someone with Temazpam addiction
There are many dangers associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal. A detox programme is always the first step if you suspect that either yourself or a loved one has an addiction to Temazepam. As dangerous seizures and respiratory failure are common withdrawal symptoms, it is strongly advised that a detox at home is avoided.
If you suspect that a loved one has a Temazepam addiction, try and speak openly about their addiction with them. Do not try to use guilt or shame them, but instead try to understand how they are feeling. Suggest that they seek help and motivate them as much as possible when they are trying to stop taking Temazepam. Encourage them to admit themselves into a medically supervised detox programme where they can be monitored, supervised and encouraged while the drug is slowly removed from their system. Reassure them that staff in rehabilitation and recovery centres can sometimes have first-hand experience of drug addiction, and will be there to support the addict in their journey by offering guidance and comfort to ensure success.
What is the treatment of Temazepam addiction?
Treatment for Temazepam addiction firstly consists of a personal evaluation to determine the causes and reasons behind a person’s addiction, while discussing mental and physical symptoms associated with drug-taking. After this, a bespoke treatment plan is created that is unique to the person’s requirements and what their body needs to heal.
A detox programme is usually followed in order for a person to quit taking Temazepam. Following this, a person is usually admitted to a clinic on a live-in basis to undertake intensive treatment and therapy for their addiction, helping them to overcome any mental health problems they have while learning their trigger points and causes of cravings so they learn how to control them. Many people who struggle with addiction often have co-occurring mental health conditions as a result of their drug-taking. This can be treated through counselling and behavioural therapies.
Medically supervised Temazepam detox
As Temazepam is a benzodiazepine, detox is required in a medical setting to safely remove the substance from a person’s body without harmful effects of withdrawal.
During a detox programme, a person is gradually weaned off of Temazepam in the safest way possible by decreasing the dosage they take every day. Symptoms are carefully observed and monitored, and the person is given ongoing support and any medications they need to overcome unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The detox process takes around 28 days but can take longer depending on the severity of the addiction and how the person reacts to the treatment. At the end of the detox, the person will be completely off of Temazepam. Once the drug has been successfully removed from the body, recovery via therapy and counselling can begin.
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