Barbiturates were developed early in the 20th century and began being used medicinally almost immediately. They fall under the classification of sedative-hypnotics and are generally used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Barbiturate addiction became more prevalent in the 60’s and 70’s with the boom of prescription treatments for anxiety and insomnia. Since they first became popular, it’s been difficult for doctors to determine the proper dosage for patients, as there is a thin line between treatment and abuse with barbiturates. Improper dosage can lead to an addiction, and worse coma or even death. While many of these prescriptions have been replaced with a safer benzodiazepine, which has helped lower rates of barbiturate abuse and addiction, it is still a serious problem with teens.
Risks of a Barbiturate Addiction
While barbiturates are more commonly found in pill form, they can also be taken intravenously. Due to Barbiturates having a narrow therapeutic-to-toxic range, and the fact that after only one month of continuous use the brain develops dependence, doctors have become more hesitant to prescribe them these days. In smaller doses, those under the influence of barbiturates may be drowsy, uninhibited, or feel drunk. Slurred speech, confusion, and loss of coordination may occur. In higher doses, users may experience respiratory arrest, fall into a coma, or die. There are a number of other symptoms, both physical and psychological, that indicate a barbiturate addiction. These symptoms include decreased breathing, dizziness, hypotension, visual issues, and inability to urinate. After a barbiturate addiction is developed and the user makes an attempt to stop using they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Barbiturate withdrawals are very dangerous and can even become life threatening. Symptoms may involve tremors, inability to sleep, anxiety or nervousness, and in more serious cases include hallucinations, seizures, and extreme fever.
Fight Barbiturate Addiction at Axis West
We at Axis West believe clients should be well informed about their addiction, and should be treated as extensively as necessary (source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000951.htm). Our treatment method includes a variety of approaches. New clients are given physical and psychological examinations in order to determine what issues to address regarding treatment. Clients will feel their hearts and souls filling up quickly – along with their schedules – with individual and group therapy sessions, outings, and gym time. Group therapy sessions discuss numerous subjects, such as relapse prevention techniques. Individual sessions will dig deeper to determine contributing factors to their barbiturate addiction and how best to get past them. These are a tiny portion of the constructive methods and practices we offer at Axis West, always with one primary objective – to give addicts the strength and guidance they need as they make a strong start on the road to recovery.
If you have any questions regarding Axis West’s treatment facility, don’t hesitate to call an intake specialist at 866-737-3573. This call may save the addict in your life.