Signs of Lunesta Abuse
Lunesta is a highly potent sleeping medication that is prescribed to treat acute to severe insomnia. The drug is generally not intended for long-term use.
Those who take Lunesta for longer periods of time will develop increased tolerance to the drug.
Tolerance means the user will have to take higher, more frequent doses of Lunesta to feel the desired effects.
Many people who abuse Lunesta will fight the urge to sleep in order to experience the drug’s euphoric and hallucinogenic effects. Other signs of Lunesta abuse include:
- Constantly feeling drowsy during the day
- Unusual sleeping patterns or sleeping more than usual
- Profusely sweating
- Severe irritability
- Mental confusion
- Increased blood pressure
- Hiccupping frequently
- Drastic change in weight
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The Dangers of Lunesta
As a potent sedative, Lunesta can cause unusual and sometimes dangerous side effects when abused.
Some Lunesta users have experienced severe amnesia and extreme cases of sleepwalking while abusing the drug.
Other users have reported engaging in risky behaviors while under the influence of Lunesta, such as driving or having sex, but have no recollection of the incident. Others may perform less extreme behaviors, like turning the stove on high power and forgetting to turn it off. Those under the influence of Lunesta often lack the mental clarity to recognize any signs of danger.
Prescription sleeping pills tend to put most people in a state somewhat akin to a blackout, leaving them utterly unable to recall what’s happened while they were under the influence…Unfortunately, sleeping pills are believed to have played pivotal roles in a number of incidents of road-rage, car accidents, criminal behavior, sexual assault and even mass gun violence.
The health risks from Lunesta abuse can vary, especially if the drug is mixed with other drugs. Lunesta is classified as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, which means it slows down the user’s brain function. Taking too much of the drug can even hinder the user’s respiratory system to the point that they’re unable to breathe. Mixing Lunesta with other depressants, such as alcohol, significantly increases the probability of these dangerous side effects occurring.
When taken long-term or abused, Lunesta can also interfere with the user’s sleep pattern, drastically hindering their body’s natural ability to induce sleep. This can lead to an array of other problems, such as hypertension and impaired physical and cognitive functioning.
Other negative side effects of Lunesta abuse include:
- Respiratory infection
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pain
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Recognizing a Lunesta Addiction
As with many substances, Lunesta addiction can be fatal if not recognized and treated properly. Typically, doctors will only prescribe one month’s supply of Lunesta and may restrict the patient from obtaining multiple refills within a specific time span.
When an addicted user surpasses their Lunesta refill limit, they may “doctor shop,” or visit multiple doctors to get more of the drug.
People addicted to Lunesta may even start stealing money, spending a lot, becoming increasingly irritable and isolating themselves from their family and friends. In some cases, those who are addicted to Lunesta can have difficulty regulating their behavior, which may lead to a dramatic shift in their personality.
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Intervention and Next Steps
When confronting someone about their Lunesta addiction, it’s important to reassure them that your concern is coming from a place of love.
Addiction is a dangerous disease that can leave users feeling completely helpless and alone. People struggling with addiction often feel as though there’s no hope for them in getting clean or living a happy life without drugs. It’s important to let the user know that you want what’s best for them, but will not enable their dangerous behavior.
Seeking the help of a professional interventionist can ensure an intervention with your loved one goes as smoothly and successfully as possible.
Rehab for Lunesta Addiction
Lunesta is a highly powerful, mind-altering drug that can quickly lead to addiction. Once an addiction has taken hold, suddenly quitting the drug will cause harsh symptoms of withdrawal, such as anxiety and insomnia.
Getting treatment at an inpatient or outpatient facility is the most effective way to overcome an addiction to Lunesta.
Many treatment centers offer medically assisted detox, which helps patients cope with the withdrawal process. Medications are often used during detox to prevent or reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Addiction treatment centers also help former users break their psychological dependence on Lunesta. This is achieved through various methods of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and group counseling. Support groups and relapse prevention education also play a large role in the treatment process.
If you or someone you love is struggling with Lunesta addiction, please contact a treatment specialist for help finding the best treatment option.
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