Halcion Addiction and Abuse

Halcion is a fast-acting benzodiazepine commonly prescribed for acute insomnia. Its potency makes it one of the easier benzos to get hooked on.

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    Addiction to Halcion


    Halcion, also known as Triazolam, is a potent benzodiazepine that is prescribed to treat mental, mood, and other disorders, including insomnia, anxiety, aggression, suicidal behavior, schizophrenia, psychosis, and Tourette’s.

    Halcion is a controlled substance, and it is often abused because it may cause a “high” similar to alcohol intoxication. Physical addiction and dependency can develop as a result of Halcion use or abuse, and some people become addicted to it in as little as two weeks. Even people taking Halcion with a prescription have become dependent on the drug.

    The presence of withdrawal symptoms when quitting Halcion is a major indicator of an addiction. People addicted to Halcion also feel helpless and unable to function without the drug.

    Because Halcion withdrawal can be deadly, people who take the drug should seek medically supervised detox if they plan to stop or reduce taking Halcion.

    Some signs that you may have an addiction to Halcion include:

    • Repeated, unsuccessful attempts to quit
    • A lot of time spent recovering from Halcion’s effects
    • Cravings for the drug
    • Ignoring important obligations
    • Needing more Halcion to feel its effects

    When taking Halcion for longer than the prescribed period or at higher concentrations, the user’s body can rapidly develop a tolerance to it. Users have even become addicted while following a doctor’s recommended dose.

    The zombie-like feeling that goes hand in hand with popping a pill eventually transitions into your personality, and it no longer becomes a euphoric rush but a necessity to survive, to even exist, to even be yourself. I felt dead on the inside.

    - Former benzo addict Ashley Zlatopolsky, Salon.com, 2015

    The Difference Between Halcion Abuse, Dependency, and Addiction

    Any time Halcion is used in any way other than it’s prescribed medical purpose, it is considered abuse. Halcion dependence is a physical state caused by long-term use that results in withdrawal symptoms when the user reduces or stops taking Halcion. Halcion addiction is a primary, chronic, neurobiological disease  genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors. Halcion addiction is characterized by behaviors such as”

    • Inability to control Halcion use
    • Compulsive Halcion use
    • Continuing to use Halcion despite negative consequences
    • Craving Halcion

    Understanding Halcion (Triazolam)

    Halcion is the brand name for triazolam. These tablets are taken orally and are most commonly prescribed to treat insomnia, although it is also common to prescribe Halcion for a number of mental and mood disorders. Halcion takes effect faster than most other benzos, slowing brain activity and making it easier to sleep. Some doctors may prescribe Halcion for anxiety before minor medical procedures.

    Halcion is intended for short-term use, typically no more than 7 to 10 days.

    Halcion targets neuroreceptors that regulate brain function. This slows hyperactive brain activity and promotes deeper sleep. The substance is sometimes referred to as the slang term “Up Johns.” Halcion has a much shorter half-life than other benzodiazepines. Halcion’s half-life, or how long the drug remains active in the body, is only 1 to 2 hours while other benzos can last up to 70 hours.

    How Long Do Benzos Stay in the Body?
    Length of ActionShort-actingIntermediateLong-acting
    Time2-4 hours6-12 hours20-100 hours

    Doctors rarely prescribe Halcion for more than 10 days because of the drug’s potency and addictive potential. Halcion can stop working like it’s supposed to after a week. Halcion may not be as effective the longer it’s taken. After the first week, many people find that the drug doesn’t help them sleep like it used to. This can lead to users increasing their dose in an attempt to regain the drug’s effects.


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