Halcion Addiction Treatment
Halcion is a benzodiazepine medication that’s designed to help people fall asleep when they have difficulty doing so on their own. Even though the Mayo Clinic reports that this medication is seldom prescribed by medical professionals, there are some people who need this medication, as they haven’t responded well to other drugs. These people may develop an addiction to Halcion, if they take the drug for a long period of time. On the opposite side of the spectrum, some people buy Halcion as part of a multi-drug experience, and they abuse the drug in concert with other addictive substances without any prescription at all.
While Halcion addictions can be difficult for people to overcome on their own, a comprehensive treatment program can be quite helpful. Here, people have access to therapists and other mental health professionals who can help them to learn, understand and grow.
Some people who have Halcion addictions can benefit from an intervention at a doctor’s office. People who have prescriptions for the drug and who continually ask for refills when they don’t seem needed, for example, might benefit from a talk with the doctor in which this medical professional outlines the abuse and places strict restrictions on future refills. According to an article in the journal CNS Drugs, doctors can work with their clients and slowly taper their use of the drug over a six-month period or less, and sometimes, this is the only help a person needs in order to get control over the addiction issue.
Not all people can benefit from a program like this, however. Some people might pretend to listen as their doctors discuss their addictions, and they may respond to that conversation by finding a new doctor who will prescribe Halcion for them. Others might just order the drug from online dealers and go to no doctor at all. Additionally, people who have taken the drug on an illicit basis may find it difficult, if not impossible, to find a doctor who will prescribe the drug just to help them wean away from it. For people like this, a comprehensive treatment program might be a better choice.
All benzodiazepine medications, including Halcion, change the chemical signaling capacity of the brain, and when the drugs are abruptly removed, a variety of very serious problems can ensue.
According to the Royal College of General Practitioners, common symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
Some people develop symptoms that are so severe that they twitch and jump, and in time, they can even develop a cluster of very serious seizures that don’t seem to abate. Since these seizures are so very serious and can be life-threatening, treatment programs don’t ask clients to attempt to reach sobriety before they enroll. Instead, they promise to offer treatments that can help clients to achieve sobriety in a safe and controlled manner.
In a review of this process, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, experts suggest that dependent people should begin their recovery by transitioning from Halcion to another benzodiazepine medication that takes hold slowly and is removed from the body quickly. These drugs don’t provide a quick bolt of pleasure and they tend to be less enjoyable and reinforcing as a result. Then, the dosage of the medication is slowly lowered and lowered until people aren’t taking any medication at all. This is a process that might take months to complete.
While tapering can help people to break a physical dependence on Halcion, the mental attachment to the drug might be quite strong, and that might be something best handled with therapy. Traditional addiction therapy sessions can allow people to identify the triggers that tend to spur them to drug use, and therapy can help people to pick up new skills they can apply when those cravings strike. People who take the drug in response to anxious feelings might benefit from learning how to meditate to soothe stress, for example, while some people might benefit from learning how to journal or exercise to keep daily stress to a minimum. Individual therapy and group therapy can provide these important lessons, and they could help people to achieve a robust recovery that might elude them if they tried to heal on their own.
People with Halcion addictions might also need help with sleep techniques, particularly if these people began taking the drug for a sleep issue. In therapy sessions for sleep, people might learn how to make their homes hospitable for sleep, and they might develop intensive routines that can prepare them for sleep each and every night, including:
- Taking a bath
- Sipping tea
- Wearing dark glasses
- Listening to soothing music
These same steps, performed each night, can power down the mind and the consciousness, allowing sleep to come in without struggle and without pills. This kind of therapy has been proven to help all sorts of people who have chronic conditions and an inability to sleep. For example, in a study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, researchers found that people with significant pain due to arthritis were able to sleep better after going through a therapy program like this, even when their pain continued. Studies like this just indicate how helpful it might be to learn about sleep, and how addicted people might be able to turn their lives around with the help of a therapist.
Motivation for Help
Watching someone use and abuse Halcion can be devastating. Family members might feel as though the person they love is just gone, and they may be at a loss as to what to say or to do to make the situation abate. It’s important, at this point, to be honest with the person and to point out how treatment programs can and do make a big difference. At The Orchid, we can help you prepare for that conversation. We’ve developed an intensive program for addiction, and many of our clients have come to us due to benzodiazepine abuse issues. We know how difficult it can be for people to break these habits on their own, but the therapy we provide and the community we support really can make a difference.
Please call us, and we can provide you with statistics you can use in your talk. We can even arrange an intake appointment for the person you love, ensuring that care can begin as soon as that person agrees to get help. Please contact us to get started.