Restoril (generic name temazepam) is a benzodiazepine medication doctors prescribe for the short-term treatment of insomnia, a sleep disorder. The drug acts as a sedative and central nervous system depressant that calms activity in the brain, making it easier to relax and fall asleep.
When used as prescribed, benzodiazepines (benzos for short) have therapeutic benefits. Still, whether one has a legitimate prescription or not, benzodiazepines are potent drugs that can be addictive, particularly when people misuse or abuse them.
In many cases, the longer a person uses them, the more dependent on them they become. This means that when a longtime user decides to stop using the drug, the body will respond as it goes through withdrawal. Abruptly ending a chemical dependency, known as “going cold turkey,” has consequences. A person going through withdrawal may have to seek professional help to effectively and safely manage their symptoms.
What Are Restoril Withdrawal Symptoms?
A person going through withdrawal from Restoril could experience:
- Restoril cravings
- Stomach problems
- Body aches, muscle cramps
- Nausea, vomiting
- Flushed skin
- Panic attacks
All of these symptoms can be uncomfortable, but some can be life-threatening. For example, diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration, and the body can lose fluids and nutrients needed to survive. Becoming severely dehydrated can cause dizziness and confusion. Prompt medical treatment can help a person get through this period.
Some people could experience rare effects, such as short-term memory loss. Serious symptoms include having seizures, depression, and thoughts of suicide.
What Are the Stages of the Restoril Withdrawal Timeline?
If you or someone you know is going through Restoril withdrawal, you may be wondering what timeline to expect. Withdrawal from this drug is usually not fatal, but some symptoms can be life-threatening if the person does not get the medical treatment they need. In general, people going through Restoril withdrawal may have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep.
Every person’s withdrawal timeline is different. Factors unique to each individual will shape how long a person will notice changes in their health after withdrawing from Restoril. Some of those factors are:
- Dosage of the drug taken
- How long the drug has been used
- How often the drug is taken
- A person’s age, medical condition
- Dietary habits
- If the drug is taken along with other drugs or alcohol
- If a tapering schedule is being used or not
Your timeline can last a few days or a few weeks based on the factors above, as well as others.
In general, the timeline could look like the following:
Days 1-3: Per Verywell Mind, Restoril’s half-life is about nine hours, which means it does not stay in the body for a long time. As its effects wear off, you could experience physical discomfort and insomnia. You also may experience depression, anxiety, and restlessness. Your symptoms may start off light but increase in intensity over time.
Days 4-7: By this point, your symptoms could be severe as they peak. Severe symptoms include nausea, seizures, and delirium tremens (DTs), a severe state of confusion. It is highly recommended that people experiencing these symptoms undergo medical detox to receive the proper attention for these symptoms.
Week 1 and later: Your symptoms should have eased at this phase, although you may still have anxiety, irritation, tiredness, and continued insomnia. You may need follow-up treatment to address lingering symptoms, which is common.
Do I Need Medical Detox for Restoril Withdrawal?
Medical detox ensures that people in recovery from Restoril dependence end their chronic use safely. Without this support, many people will not be able to stop using the drug. For those who do stop, withdrawal symptoms can send them right back to using it. However, this is dangerous for several reasons, including that going back to a usual dose after a break in use can lead someone to overdose, sometimes fatally.
This happens because the body is no longer used to the usual dose. In short, it is safer to get medical detox than to bypass it and take risks with your health and perhaps your life. Once benzo use has reached the addiction stage, it is challenging to break free without outside help.
Benzodiazepine dependence can be difficult to break without professional addiction treatment. These medications can produce life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, particularly if a person is at risk of having seizures and or DTs. Entering a facility that offers medical detox ensures that you are getting help from medical and addiction care professionals who understand your needs as a person who is recovering from substance use.
During medical detox, you will be monitored around the clock and receive medications as needed while you withdraw from the substance(s) you are using. The goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible while your body adjusts to not having the drug in its system. You may be put on a tapering schedule that reduces the dosage of Restoril gradually to give your body time to get used to lower amounts.
Medical detox also helps you avoid relapse. Many people who stop their substance use end up going back to using a drug because the withdrawal symptoms are hard to get through. Having the support you need to stop using a drug is key to your sobriety goals.
What Is the Next Treatment Step After Medical Detox?
Going to medical detox to stop using a drug is just Step 1 of a process. The next level of care involves finding a treatment setting where you can address your substance misuse. There is a continuum of care in addiction treatment. If your Restoril dependence is severe, residential (inpatient) treatment could be your next stop.
While there for 30 days or longer, you will have the opportunity to focus on addressing your substance use around the clock with minimal distractions. You will stay on-site at a facility as you receive care from staff in a structured and monitored environment. You also will be taught relapse prevention strategies and tools to identify and handle triggers effectively. You also will receive therapies and counseling, and other support services.
If you are in the early or mild stages of Restoril dependence, an outpatient treatment program may be the setting for you. Outpatient treatment provides the same counseling and therapy as residential treatment, but participants can return home after completing their session for the day. Many people find outpatient treatment affordable and flexible. They can return home after they are finished with receiving therapy, and they can plan their sessions into their personal schedules, making treatment convenient.
Nine-plus hours of therapy a week is called intensive outpatient treatment, while fewer than nine hours is called outpatient treatment. People in recovery who want extra support to avoid relapse or are transitioning from partial hospitalization settings can also enroll in an outpatient treatment program.
A person can stay in an outpatient program as long as they feel they need to. They also can seek support from a recovery community that offers sobriety-focused activities and connects people in recovery to resources that can help them stay on the path to living substance-free.
Get Help for Restoril Withdrawal Today
California Highlands Addiction Treatment (CHAT) in Southern California offers 24-hour medical detox services for people who are working to end their substance dependence. Our aim is to make your withdrawal process as manageable as possible and ensure you complete it without complications that could harm your health or derail your sobriety goals.
Give us a call today to learn more about our detox and residential treatment plans. You can detox and start residential treatment with us in one place. We always put the individual and their unique needs first as we create your program with your input. Our low staff-to-client ratio also ensures that you get the personalized treatment you need at all times.