Ambien is primarily used to for people with difficulty either falling or staying asleep. It is a common sleep aid, but long-term use can cause serious health conditions that users should discuss with their primary care physicians. For instance, if you struggle with hormone imbalances, they can be debilitating, so do not underestimate their effects. Get help today for these problems.
How Ambien Affects Hormones
Ambien works by diminishing activity in the part of the brain that processes thoughts. By slowing this process, Ambien makes it easier for people to fall asleep. Specifically, Ambien’s main ingredient is called zolpidem, which is responsible for the drug’s sedative qualities. Ambien releases a constant amount of this substance, which in return makes it easier for people both to fall and stay asleep. However, this substance can affect hormones associated with the following effects:
- Growth hormones
- Sexually aggressive behaviors
Ambien has many other side effects, like stomach aches, migraines, diarrhea and nausea. However, unlike the previously stated side effects, once the growth hormone is affected, the chances of reversing the damage are extremely rare. Some people who take Ambien report being sexually aggressive towards their partners and others, and this can stem either from recreational abuse or even prescription use. This can cause legal difficulties on top of relationship difficulties. Many users also report forgetfulness, which mostly occurs right after taking Ambien, but it can last several hours and occur during recreational activities.
How Hormonal Changes Affect Addiction and Recovery
People daily face stressful situations, either from financial difficulties, work overload or relationship dilemmas. This constant stress can change hormones, but the situation becomes more complex with Ambien. If someone is addicted to this sleep aid, hormones may work in such a way that users think that the only way to feel relief is through drugs and/or alcohol. Hormones can affect addiction and recovery in any of the following ways:
- Spark addiction for relief
- Emotional roller coaster during recovery
- Longer duration of treatment
Many people reach to outside help to cope with stress. This can go as far as counseling, dangerous activities or Ambien abuse. Additionally, because an addict’s hormones are so extreme, they can fluctuate greatly during recovery. Therefore, because people may be emotional enough during treatment, fluctuating hormones may take longer to reveal the reasons behind drug use. Therefore, these users usually require longer stays in treatment.
Ambien Addiction Treatment
If you or a loved one is addicted to Ambien, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and to help you find the best available treatment. It’s never too late to call, so reach out now for help.