Halcion Addiction

Halcion is the brand name for triazolam, a prescription sedative andbenzodiazepine (or benzo). Benzos include the more well-known medications Ativan or Xanax, which are used to treat insomnia and an array of anxiety disorders.

While it may not be as widely known as other benzos, over a million prescriptions are written for Halcion in the U.S. each year. It can be even more dangerous than other benzos, since its medicinal use requires it to be much stronger and faster-acting, which gives it an extremely high risk of addiction and overdose.

Generally, Halcion is only prescribed in the short term (about 7 to 10 days), as someone can develop a tolerance to it within two weeks.

How Does Halcion Work?

While Halcion inhibits activity in the central nervous system like other benzos, it’s primarily used to treat sleep disorders, so it works differently.

For one thing, it kicks in much faster, as it exerts its effects on the nervous system through the overproduction of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is produced by the brain to help manage feelings of stress and anxiety. It accomplishes this task by slowing down the central nervous system to keep nerve impulses carrying these feelings from reaching the brain.



Halcion mimics GABA in order to enter the brain and bind with GABA receptors. But unlike benzos such as Klonopin and Xanax, Halcion specifically targets the receptors responsible for brain function and activity, and rapidly induces sleep by creating an excess of GABA.

What Are the Signs of Halcion Addiction?

Users may often fail to recognize the signs of Halcion abuse and addiction, especially if it’s still in the early stages. Since Halcion is a prescription medication, it carries the perception of being “safe.”

Nonetheless, there are some common mental and physical side effects associated with long-term Halcion abuse to watch out for. They include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent stomach cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic drowsiness
  • Impaired coordination
  • Difficulty concentrating

As a user’s dependence on Halcion progresses to addiction, they will become compulsively driven to find and use Halcion. At this point, they will start exhibiting behaviors that show that Halcion has become the highest priority in their life. This behavior has negative consequences, which include:

  • Taking Halcion outside of the prescribed dosage
  • Taking Halcion in unintended ways, such as crushing and snorting it
  • Increasingly tolerating Halcion’s effects
  • Experiencing cravings and withdrawal when not using it
  • Taking Halcion without a prescription
  • Attempting to forge or obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Hiding Halcion use from others
  • Not being able to feel “normal” without using Halcion
  • Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn
  • Experiencing financial issues or legal problems
  • Not being able to stop using Halcion, even after numerous attempts

Whether you’ve recognized the signs of Halcion addiction in your own life or observed them in the behavior of someone you care about, you shouldn’t waste time getting help from an addiction treatment center. Then you can avoid any further mental or physical damage and the risk of overdose.

What’s Involved in Halcion Addiction Treatment?

Generally,medical detoxification is an important first step in any addiction treatment, and Halcion is no exception. Detox is meant to treat acute intoxication, achieve stability, and stem any further damage by flushing all toxins from the user’s system.

Because it’s a benzodiazepine, Halcion detox should never be attempted alone, and it should have some level of supervision from anexperienced medical detox team. The reason is that thewithdrawal symptoms associated with detoxing from benzos is more dangerous and life-threatening than detoxing from most other drugs.

Some symptoms of Halcion withdrawal include hallucinations, delirium, seizures, suicidal behavior, panic attacks, and psychosis. There’s also the possibility that you’ll experiencebenzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, which both intensifies present symptoms and causes atypical ones to appear.

By having medical professionals on-hand to help with any potential complications and providemedication to ease withdrawal symptoms, your detox will go as smoothly, safely, and comfortably as possible.

After detox is complete, the next step in effective Halcion addiction treatment is ongoing care in either aninpatient oroutpatient program. In the long term, it’s vital to follow up detox withcontinued recovery care.

Inpatient treatment involves living onsite at a recovery facility with 24/7 access to medical staff members. It removes the user from their regular life, so they can avoid triggers and fully focus on their recovery. However, outpatient treatment involves regularly commuting to a treatment center for therapy sessions and medical appointments while still living at home.

The decision to pursue inpatient or outpatient treatment depends on a variety of specific factors, including the severity of the addiction, the presence of a co-occurring disorder, the quality of the current support network, and the safety of the home environment.

Either option entails learning to understand the underlying issues at the heart of the client’s addictive behaviors andaddressing their addiction from medical, psychological, social, and physical standpoints. Through the use of different therapies and treatment modalities (such as cognitive behavioral therapy,dual diagnosis treatment,holistic therapy, andrelapse prevention planning), a client will develop the tools they need to more effectively manage their addiction and maintain their sobriety.

How Dangerous Is Halcion?

While sleepwalking is a commonly experienced side effect of Halcion, users have also been observed having sex, cooking, eating food, leaving the house, and driving while asleep. They typically have no memory of doing any of these activities.

Using Halcion for longer than prescribed can also cause arebound effect. This impact occurs when the user has built up a strong enough tolerance to its effects that their original insomnia symptoms return, often much worse than they were prior to using.

Another reason Halcion is so dangerous is due to its extreme potency, which is used to help someone fall asleep faster. But Halcion has a very high risk of an equally rapid overdose when it’s abused or mixed with other depressants, such asalcohol andopioids.

The most dangerous symptoms of Halcion overdose include:

  • Dangerously shallow and slow breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Impaired coordination
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Seizures
  • Comas

Halcion Abuse Statistics

  •     In 2016, Halcion and other benzos were reportedly involved in nearly11,000 overdose deaths in the U.S.
  •     Almost 70 percent of Halcion users are over 60 years old.
  •     A survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that between 11 to 15 percent of people have at least one bottle of benzos in their medicine cabinets.

Start Your Recovery Journey Today

Is your loved one struggling with Halcion abuse or addiction? Are you? If so, it’s important for you to treat it with the seriousness it requires and get help before it’s too late.

For a free and confidential consultation with a specialist at California Highlands, call (855) 935-0303 or contact us online now. These professionals are available around the clock to help you navigate your treatment options, verify your insurance, and answer any questions you might have.