Those who abuse barbiturates are at risk for adverse side effects. While the most common method for taking a barbiturate is a pill taken orally, people with histories of drug abuse have been known to inject the substance in liquid form to speed up delivery to the system. Reasons why people abuse this class of drugs vary from the wish to reduce anxiety, offset the effects of stimulant drugs and reduce inhibitions. Side effects caused by taking barbiturates include:

• Sedation
• Dizziness and lightheadedness
• Headache
• Nausea or abdominal pain
• Confusion
• Irritability
• Low blood pressure
• Vertigo
• Fainting
• Hallucinations
• Coma
• Memory issues
• Respiratory arrest and death

Pregnant women should not take barbiturates unless their doctor states otherwise. This is because the drugs can be passed into breast milk, resulting in drowsiness and difficulty breathing in the breastfeeding infant (Marks, 2015).

Building a tolerance towards barbiturates is easy, often resulting in a physical dependence when taken over a prolonged time period. In order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, people will take greater amounts of the drug, putting themselves at greater risk for an overdose.
Signs of withdrawal symptoms include:

• Restlessness
• Anxiety
• Insomnia
• Stomach cramping
• Vomiting
• Thoughts of suicide
• Hallucinations

Those experiencing withdrawal symptoms from barbiturates are in danger. As high as 75 percent of people withdrawing from a barbiturate may have one or more seizures. Moreover, individuals will experience confusion, elevated body temperature and up to 66 percent of people will experience delirium for several days (Brazier, 2018). The effects of withdrawal can be fatal. Therefore, it’s imperative to follow a medically approved drug detox plan that is managed by a team of licensed medical professionals in a facility that is staffed 24/7. If not followed correctly, the outcome can be deadly.

Treatment for Barbiturates Addiction

Harmony Ridge Recovery Center is an industry-leader when it comes to drug treatment protocols. Providing a safe and calming space that fosters a healing environment for our patients is vital to the recovery process. The detox process can be very uncomfortable; thus, our caring and compassionate team is here to help patients through this difficult time. Patients receive personalized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. Each person seeking recovery is going through their own journey, making it vital that he/she receive a recovery plan designed for patients to successfully maintain life-long sobriety. What may work for one person may not work for another. Many detox facilities follow a set protocol for all patients, and while this may work for them, our team believes that a drug treatment plan designed specifically for each individual patient results in healthier long-term outcomes. After the detox process, patients will move on to our residential treatment. During this time, patients are empowered and taught healthy habits that they can take with them once they complete their rehabilitative treatment. As a nationally recognized substance abuse treatment center, Harmony Ridge Recovery Center believes that in order to fully recover from a drug addiction, the patient must focus on his/her entire mind, body and spirit. Our goal is to help patients move past a life of drug dependence and transition to a rewarding life free from the restrictions of drug addiction.

Upon completion of our inpatient treatment, the next level of care patients receive is our partial hospitalization program (PHP). Patients respond positively to the intensity and highly structured nature of this program designed to help them overcome impediments and triggers that have fueled their addiction. Patients participate in group and individual therapy sessions, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention strategies. Patients can enjoy numerous amenities to help put them at ease and focus completely on themselves during the recovery process. In fact, it’s not unusual for a patient to travel out of state for treatment because it enables them to remove themselves completely from the temptations and people who may de-rail their recovery efforts. Often described as a middle ground between residential and outpatient treatment, PHP is the ideal program for those wishing to begin the transition to living independently without sacrificing the level and intensity of their medical treatment.

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