Ambien Addiction Treatment
Taking Inventory of Your Ambien Use: How Is It Affecting You?

Taking Inventory of Your Ambien Use: How Is It Affecting You?

Ambien, the brand name version of zolpidem, is prescribed by physicians to treat insomnia (difficulty staying or falling asleep). Though it is effective in treating insomnia, it can be habit-forming even at prescribed dosages. Therefore, every user of Ambien must carefully monitor him or herself for signs of addiction. What Are the Signs of Ambien Addiction? Prolonged use of Ambien has predictable signs of addiction: A feeling that sleep is not...

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Five Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Five Ways to Use Mindfulness to Sustain Recovery

Mindfulness Reduces Stress Stress impacts how we think and feel, and it can cause us to turn to familiar sources of comfort. Unfortunately for addicts, sources of comfort often include drugs such as Ambien. Stress can increase cravings making it a primary contributor to relapse. Mindfulness helps individuals reduce feelings of stress and manage those feelings when they cannot be avoided or mitigated. Increasing a person’s ability to cope...

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How Do I Identify Ambien?

How Do I Identify Ambien?

Ambien, also known as zolpidem, is prescribed to treat insomnia. Although only a short-acting sedative-hypnotic, this drug helps users both initiate and maintain sleep. However, even when used correctly Ambien is habit forming, especially if used for an extended amount of time. The drug comes in two main shapes, round and oblong, but they vary in color from white to blue. Although identifying an Ambien pill may be difficult, identifying someone...

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10 Ways to Resist a Craving for Ambien

10 Ways to Resist a Craving for Ambien

Cravings are a normal part of addiction and recovery. Craving Ambien or other drugs while in recovery is not a sign of failure, although it can lead to relapse if it is not managed and resisted. Treatment, therapy and a positive support system provide a base for recovering individuals, but when cravings hit, further actions may need to be taken. Wait it out. Cravings are not indefinite. Even if no action is taken, they will lessen in intensity...

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Life After Addiction: What Does the Family Healing Process Look Like?

Life After Addiction: What Does the Family Healing Process Look Like?

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence labels addiction as a family disease due to the stress it causes the family unit. Addicts experience dramatic swings in emotions, behavior and mental health that can traumatize loved ones and destabilize family dynamics. Further complicating the issue, substance abuse can unexpectedly arise from using legitimate prescriptions. For instance, Ambien, a sleep aid, is a common medication that...

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How Ambien Affects Your Eating Habits and Appetite

How Ambien Affects Your Eating Habits and Appetite

Ambien works on the brain’s GABA receptors, which control levels of alertness and relaxation. By dampening arousal, this drug induces drowsiness to allow for sleep. It temporarily relieves insomnia, but it does not treat the underlying causes of sleep problems, which means people could need Ambien for quite some time, thereby inviting addiction to form. However, this drug provides the following benefits: Rapid onset Selective action Fewer...

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