For individuals who use barbiturates there is a potential for developing a tolerance and physical dependency. Withdrawal symptoms from barbiturate use can range from very uncomfortable to life threatening. Much like detox for alcohol and benzodiapenes, medical detox is strongly encouraged to ensure a safe Barbiturates Detox Treatment.
Barbiturates are used as anesthetics, sedatives, hypnotics and/or as anticonvulsants. However, they are rarely prescribed today because of the high risks of accidental overdose and dependency and the dramatic effects they have on the central nervous system.
Barbiturates are also referred to as Downers and Barbs and can have an adverse effect on the individual taking them, both psychologically and physically because they diminish activity of the central nervous system. Misuse of barbiturates can lead to lose of consciousness, blood disorders, liver disease, overdose and death. There are many celebrities who have died suddenly where barbiturate overuse was believed to be the direct cause or be a factor in their deaths. Among them are Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley.
Individuals who overuse barbiturates for prolong periods of time may suffer moderate to severe side effects including: hostility and mood swings, slurred speech and memory loss, lack of energy, difficulty breathing, depression and self-injury or suicide attempts, poor judgment, change in sex drive and impotence.
Barbiturates can increase or make worse any preexisting behavioral problems. Taking Barbiturates with alcohol or any other substances is very dangerous as it can result in serious health problems and even may lead to accidental overdose and death. These are some of the reasons people feel the need to enroll in Barbiturates Detox Treatment.
An accidental overdose of barbiturates is usually due to the fact that a developed tolerance to the drug requires an increased dosage which results in overdose. Another factor in accidental overdose is short term memory loss, where individuals take multiple dosages and shortened intervals inadvertently. In truth, the difference between a safe dosage and deadly dosage may be very slight.
Withdrawal from barbiturates can be dangerous. Symptoms appear relatively quickly, within a few hours of the last dose taken and can range from agitation and impatience to convulsions and even sudden death. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to those from benzos and may include sweating, fever, hallucinations, seizures and cardiovascular collapse. Medically supervised detox is strongly encouraged.
Detox from Barbiturate use is available thorough outpatient and inpatient services. While outpatient detox allows the individual to continue their daily routines, inpatient detox allows the individual a place to rest and recuperate from the stress of their life, while they detox and also provides medical supervision. Outpatient detox is a self reporting type of service in which the individual goes to a doctor's office or to a clinic and receives medication, in most cases suboxone, methadone or subutex to detox at home.
Individuals who detox through a hospital or center will stay for a specified amount of time, usually a week to 10 days and will receive medication to help control the withdrawal symptoms; however there are some differences.
Hospital detox is often unpleasant as oral medications do not control withdrawal symptoms well and patients have complained about discomfort and mistreatment by some staff. On the other hand, IV therapy medical detox is administered intravenously, which allows the medication to be changed as the withdrawal symptoms change. This keeps the patient much more comfortable which increases the likelihood they will complete the detox process.
When your barbiturate detox is complete, it may be necessary to enroll in a program that will help you develop different habits and behaviors to build a life free from barbiturate use. St. Jude Retreats can help you achieve long term success through our educational cognitive behavioral program. Our guests are empowered to take control of their lives and leave their barbiturate use behind forever.
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