Addicts should not attempt to stop taking barbiturates on their own, but should rather undergo medically supervised detoxification, as the treatment dose must be gradually tapered.
Inpatient counseling can help the individual during this process. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be successful, which focuses on modifying the patient’s thinking, expectations and behaviors, while at the same time increasing skills for coping with various life stressors. Because barbiturate abuse often occurs in conjunction with the abuse of another substance or drug, such as alcohol or cocaine, barbiturates addiction treatment must be flexible and adaptable in order to address multiple addictions.
If you feel you or your loved one must be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for barbiturate abuse, please call 1-877-929-6887 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.
Effects of Barbiturates
Barbiturates are central nervous system (CNS) depressants, also known as sedatives and tranquilizers that can slow normal brain function; some CNS depressants, such as mephobarbital (Mebral) and pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal) are useful in anxiety and sleep disorder treatment. However, barbiturates have a tremendous potential for abuse if they are not used as prescribed.
During the first few days of taking a prescribed CNS depressant, a person might feels sleepy and uncoordinated, but as the body becomes accustomed to the drug these feelings begin to fade. Tolerance develops if used long term, and increasingly larger doses are necessary to achieve the same initial effects. Continued use can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal when usage is reduced or stopped.
Because all barbiturates work by slowing the brain’s activity, the brain’s activity can respond by racing out of control when the use of them ceases, potentially leading to seizures and other harmful consequences. Withdrawal from prolonged use of barbiturates can have life-threatening complications. Therefore, someone abusing barbiturates and considering quitting or someone suffering from barbiturate withdrawal, should seek barbiturates addiction treatment.