Restoril is the brand name for temazepam. This prescription benzodiazepine (or benzo) is used to treat the symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and other sleep disorders.
In previous decades, physicians turned to barbiturates to treat these disorders. However, barbiturates had such high rates of abuse and addiction that benzos became more popular, “safer” alternatives.
Unfortunately, Restoril and other benzos have proven to have an extremely high potential for abuse, addiction, and overdose. Nevertheless, benzos have become some of the most overprescribed medications in the U.S.
Benzos are a broad drug class, but they all work in basically the same way. Restoril is no exception. As a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, this drug creates strong feelings of sedation and relaxation. If abused, it can cause intoxication by slowing down activity in the CNS.
By increasing the levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), your brain can regulate feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear by inhibiting the nerve impulses that carry these feelings to the brain. Restoril mimics this natural GABA flow, so it binds with receptors in the brain, activates them over and over, and creates an excess flood of GABA.
Some people may think that the signs of Restoril abuse or addiction shouldn’t be hard to spot, but they’re often picturing someone in the most severe stages of addiction. But in the early stages of abuse, there may only be isolated signs of a growing problem. These signs can be even easier to miss if someone is abusing a prescription like Restoril, as these drugs are seen as being safer to misuse. Even Restoril users may not realize they’re losing control.
Therefore, here are some signs of Restoril abuse to watch out for:
The escalation of Restoril abuse into addiction is marked by compulsive drug-seeking behavior. Since obtaining and using Restoril has become the most important thing in the user’s life, they will start exhibiting behaviors associated with a growing substance use disorder.
Some common signs of Restoril addiction include:
Medical detoxification is generally the first step in the treatment of an addictive substance. By flushing any drugs, alcohol, and associated toxins from the user’s system, detox helps them get mentally and physically stabilized, and it stops any further potential damage that could be caused if these substances remain in their body.
While someone should never attempt detox without medical supervision, it’s especially important during Restoril addiction treatment.
Thewithdrawal symptoms associated with Restoril detox are uncomfortable, extremely unpleasant, dangerous, and difficult to predict.
Among these symptoms are suicidal thoughts and behavior, hallucinations, seizures, and psychoses. Heavy Restoril users may also experiencebenzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, which can include intense panic attacks and severe insomnia.
During detox from Restoril, an experienced medical detox team will know how to handle any possible complications, and they can administer a range ofdetox medications to help ease the symptoms and make the overall process safer and more manageable.
After detox, the next phase of Restoril addiction treatment is the continuation of care in aninpatient or outpatient treatment program. Inpatient treatment involves living at the center during treatment, and it comes with the benefit of24/7 access to therapeutic and medical care. It also removes triggers and distractions. Meanwhile, an outpatient program allows patients to commute to treatment, which makes it more flexible and convenient.
The decision to continue in inpatient or outpatient treatment will depend on the specific needs of each person. But whichever addiction program a patient chooses, they will gain an understanding of the underlying causes of their addiction and address all the aspects of the influencing factors.
They will also learn the tools they need to manage their addictive behaviors in an effective, positive way, which will help them avoid relapse. This goal is accomplished through a variety of therapies, which may include:
While the dangers and addictive risks of benzos such as Xanax and Klonopin are well-documented, some users remain under the false impression that they’re “safer” to abuse than other drugs because they’re prescriptions. However, Restoril doesn’t carry the same dangerous implications.
Like all benzodiazepines, Restoril is extremely dangerous if it’s misused or abused. The main reason that it’s only prescribed for a very short time period is that users can quickly become dependent on it.
Abusing Restoril can also lead to “rebounding,” which involves a user building up a tolerance to the drug that renders it ineffective and causes the original symptoms to be even more severe than they were before.
However, it’s also possible to fatally overdose on Restoril alone. Some common symptoms of a Restoril overdose include:
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