When using barbiturates, it is possible to become very tolerant on the drug and experience physical dependency. Withdrawal symptoms are serious, as they are not only uncomfortable, but some of them can be life-threatening. Similar to the detox of benzodiapenes and alcohol, medical detox is strongly recommended to guarantee that the necessary steps are taken to ensure your safety when undergoing Barbiturates detox treatment.
What Exactly Are Barbiturates?
Often known as Barbs or Downers, barbiturates are classified as hypnotics, sedatives, anesthetics and anticonvulsants. Although they used to be more commonly described, this isn’t the case today. This is due to the extremely high risks of dependency and accidental overdose, in addition to the dramatic effects that these drugs can have on the user’s central nervous system. Barbiturates can result in physical and psychological adverse side effects for a user who misuses the medication. Specific side effects include loss of consciousness, liver disease, blood disorders, overdose as well as death. Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland are just a few of the celebrity deaths that have been linked to overuse of barbiturates.
Barbiturate Overuse Signs and Symptoms
Individuals who misuse barbiturates for extended periods of time are at high risk of suffering from moderate to severe side effects. These can include slurred speech, memory loss, mood swings, hostility, difficulty breathing, lack of energy, poor judgment, depression, suicide attempts/self-injury, impotency and change in sex drive.
Barbiturates can also cause any pre=existing behavioral problems to increase or worsen. It is extremely dangerous to take these drugs while drinking alcohol, as it can cause serious medical problems and could potentially lead to an accidental overdose and the user’s death. These are just a couple of the reasons why it is important for individuals addicted to using barbiturates seek medical detox treatment.
The accidental overdose occurs when a user develops a certain tolerance of the drug. As a result of this tolerance, the user begins to increase the dosage amount in order to feel the effects of the medication. Unfortunately, this can cause accidental overdose. Another way the overdose occurs is due to short-term memory loss, which results in users taking multiple doses within a shorter period of time. It doesn’t take much to cause a dosage to turn from safe to deadly.
Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous, as they onset of the symptoms is quick – often within just a couple of hours of the last dose. Withdrawal symptoms include impatience, agitation, convulsions, fever, sweating, seizures, hallucinations, cardiovascular collapse and even death. Due to the severity and seriousness of these symptoms, it is encouraged for individuals to undergo a supervised medical barbiturate detox.
Barbiturate Medical Detox Treatment
It is possible to undergo barbiturate detox treatment through inpatient or outpatient services. Outpatient services will allow individuals to continue their day-to-day life and check in with a physician who they self-report to, while inpatient services can help the individual get the much-needed rest and fully recuperate from the stress that the drugs have caused. In addition, inpatient services offer medical supervision, which is important with the seriousness of the withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced.
As a general rule, a barbiturate detox treatment at an inpatient center will take roughly 7 to 10 days. Medication is given to help control the symptoms experienced due to the withdrawal. One of the best ways is by IV, as the medication can be adjusted per the symptoms experienced. This allows the patient to remain comfortable and enhances the chances of completing a successful detox treatment.
If you would like to learn more about barbiturate detox, contact us at Shadow Mountain Recovery. We also offer programs that will help you adjust to life after drugs, which will help you learn behaviors and habits that will assist you in leading a healthy, barbiturate-free life.