The effects of mixing Ambien and alcohol can be dangerous and possibly deadly. Ambien is used to treat insomnia, but it is often only used for the short-term treatment of sleep disorders for less than two weeks. Ambien is highly addictive, so if you or someone you know may be addicted to Ambien and alcohol, it is best to seek treatment as soon as possible. Treatment for addiction to Ambien and alcohol can be completed in detox and rehabilitation. For information on the locations of inpatient or outpatient facilities near you, contact 1-888-919-3845 .
Ambien is a sedative that slows down the chemical activities of the brain, making it easier to get a full night's sleep. However, Ambien is supposed to be taken alone, approximately 15 to 30 minutes before bed, and only when you can sleep for six to eight hours undisturbed. When someone mixes Ambien with alcohol, the sedative nature of the drug can be increased. Recreational use of Ambien mixed with alcohol can produce visual effects and euphoria, but it may lead to partial amnesia as well. If you attempt to stay awake after taking Ambien, it is possible that you will not remember what you did.
The Effects of Taking Ambien While Drinking Alcohol
A number of side effects can occur when alcohol is mixed with Ambien. Drowsiness, a loss of coordination, and dizziness may result. Side effects such as blackouts, slurred speech, severe depression, amnesia, poor judgment, lightheadedness, impaired motor skills, unusual behavior, low blood pressure, unconsciousness, slowed breathing, difficult breathing, and others may occur. These side effects can lead to serious injury, especially if the person who took the mix does not go to sleep. It is recommended that people who take Ambien should not drink alcohol. If you or someone you know has a reaction, or suspected reaction, to this mixture, contact your medical provider right away.
"When combined with other drugs and alcohol, this can cause further psychological issues that must be treated."Over time, the extended use of Ambien can result in dependency. This may mean that you need the drug in order to fall asleep correctly. Dependency does not automatically equal addiction, as this drug is well-known to have this affect even when used correctly. Over extended periods of time, the body naturally builds a tolerance to Ambien. Normally, patients can stop the use of the drug by reducing the amount they take each night until it is not needed. Dependency that is also associated with a psychological aspect is the form normally associated with addiction. This occurs because a patient feels that he or she must have the drug or the body won't be able to sleep. The patient may worry about running out or that the drug will no longer work. When combined with other drugs and alcohol, this can cause further psychological issues that must be treated.
Treating Alcoholism And Ambien Abuse
A full Ambien addiction can be treated in a rehabilitation clinic. The clinic will focus on detoxification first, helping the patient stop the use of Ambien and alcohol. Psychotherapy may be started at this time, which will help the patient cope with the mental side effects of stopping the combined drug and alcohol usage. There are sometimes special programs a patient may join, such as those created for women suffering from Ambien addiction and those for teens. Some programs may be residential, while others focus on outpatient services.
For more information about finding treatment for addiction to Ambien and alcohol or the effects of mixing Ambien and alcohol, consider calling 1-888-919-3845 or filling out a short form. Treatment centers are available in many places around the world, so it is important to get the help you or a friend or family member needs as soon as possible.