Doral Addiction Treatment Center
Prescription medications can be a useful remedy against chronic sleeplessness when used properly. Doral, which is the most familiar brand name for the medication quazepam, is highly effective against insomnia and brings fewer risks than some other options. But this medication is still addictive if abused, and those who’ve become dependent on Doral should seek treatment as quickly as possible.
What Is Doral Addiction?
Doral is the brand name for the medication quazepam, a benzodiazepine derivative prescribed for sleeplessness. It can help those who have trouble falling asleep, or have a difficult time remaining asleep overnight.
Quazepam is relatively mild in comparison to conventional benzodiazepines. Doral targets receptors in the brain responsible for causing a person to go to sleep but does not produce the same global effects as other drugs in the benzodiazepine class. But the benign reputation of Doral hides a darker reality. Because it is so effective, people with insomnia often take it for indefinite periods, against their doctor’s recommendation, allowing tolerance to build up and drug dependency to form.
Any sleeping medication can be habit-forming if the person using it becomes physically and psychologically dependent on its effects. There are also dangers for those who make the mistake of using these medications recreationally, especially if they mix them with other substances that alter neural activity.
Doral Addiction Facts and Statistics
Even though it is considered less potent than other benzodiazepines, Doral is still recommended for short-term use (seven-to-10 days) only. The drug is categorized as a GABA agonist: it enhances the activity of this important neurotransmitter, which promotes peaceful sleep by slowing activity in the central nervous system.
The need for drugs like Doral is acute. According to some estimates, as many as 50-70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleeping disorder. In total, about four percent of adults carry a prescription for a sleep-inducing medication, with quazepam as the most chosen alternative in the benzodiazepine category.
But the risk is just as acute as the need. In 2016, 618,000 Americans age 12 and over had a tranquilizer abuse disorder, and this includes those who abused Doral and other medications containing quazepam.
Effective World-Class Treatment for Doral Addiction at Alta Mira
Addiction recovery at our residential Doral rehab will help you regain control of your fate and future. At Alta Mira, healing, recovery, and addressing all facets of your Doral addiction, along with any underlying co-occurring disorders, will be our top priority.
During your stay at our luxury Doral rehab, your evidence-based treatment will be supported by:
- Medically-supervised detox
- Individual counseling and therapy
- Group/Peer-based therapy
- Family therapy
- Educational programs
- Holistic healing practices (yoga, biofeedback, meditation, massage therapy, etc.)
- Experiential activities
- Life skills and coping skills courses and workshops
- Fitness and nutrition programs
- Relapse prevention training and instruction
Our world-class addiction treatment specialists offer the very best evidence-based treatment services at every stage of your recovery, and one of their primary objectives will be to help you identify triggers and other circumstances that might make you vulnerable to relapse.
Signs and Symptoms of Doral Addiction
People who’ve been misusing Doral will demonstrate symptoms that indicate a developing addiction. These symptoms may include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Memory lapses
- Loss of appetite
- Slurred speech
- Vision difficulties
- Poor coordination
- Rapid heartbeat
- Jaundice (yellowed) skin and eyes
- Respiratory distress
Untreated quazepam addiction will only worsen over time, as tolerance for the drug leads to ever-increasing consumption. Eventually, the drug will no longer work against insomnia, but the person addicted to Doral will continue to take it anyway.
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Doral Addiction Causes and Risk Factors
Chronic insomnia is the primary cause of Doral addiction. The drug is highly effective and that is both its advantage and disadvantage since it is so easy to get trapped in a cycle of misuse and abuse with medications that deliver results to people who are desperate for help.
There are multiple risk factors that can predispose a person to become addicted to pharmaceutical medications. They include:
- Genetics and family history. Researchers estimate that 40-60 percent of a person’s vulnerability to substance abuse is based on genetic factors. Poor family role modeling can also contribute to substance use problems later in life.
- High neuroticism. This personality trait predisposes a person to a variety of negative and possibly debilitating emotional reactions, including fearfulness, anxiety, guilt, envy, insecurity, frustration, worry, and depression. High neuroticism is often connected to introversion and a stress-prone lifestyle, two other related risk factors for Doral dependency.
- Exposure to childhood abuse, trauma, and neglect. A person who experiences serious and emotionally devastating trauma at a young age will almost inevitably develop mental and behavioral health disorders later in life.
- Previous history of mental health problems. One large-scale study found that 32 percent of people with mood disorders had a co-occurring substance use disorder. Meanwhile, another comprehensive survey revealed that 18 percent of people addicted to drugs or alcohol also had an anxiety disorder and that 46 percent of people with PTSD would have substance abuse issues at some point in their lives.
Overall, approximately 40 percent of people with a drug or alcohol use disorder will have at least one comorbid mental health condition.
Insomnia is the primary risk factor for addiction to quazepam. Not surprisingly, mental health conditions that provoke bouts of insomnia are commonly diagnosed in people who develop addiction to sedatives or tranquilizing medications like Doral.
As multiple studies have shown, there is an undeniable association between insomnia and certain mental and behavioral health conditions:
- Depression. Between 65 and 90 percent of people with depression will struggle with sleeplessness.
- Anxiety disorders. Sleeping problems are especially prevalent among people with generalized anxiety disorder (more than 50 percent experience insomnia) and PTSD (more than 70 percent have problems falling asleep or staying asleep at night).
- Bipolar disorder. During manic episodes, between 69 and 95 percent of men and women with bipolar disorder will develop insomnia.
- Substance use disorders. In one study of people with alcohol or drug use disorders, 56 percent reported moderate-to-severe insomnia. Physicians wouldn’t knowingly prescribe sleep medications to people who are abusing drugs and alcohol, since the chances of a bad reaction are high and the odds of a double addiction developing are strong.
A dual diagnosis for Doral addiction and a mental health condition (or for multiple addictions) will require specialized treatment in a facility that is prepared to handle these cases.
Knowing When It’s Time For Doral Rehab
Getting help for Doral addiction is vital. But making that first step toward this important and potentially life-transforming move can be challenging for anyone who has tried to manage addiction on their own. Residential treatment for Doral abuse is most effective because it allows an individual to focus on treatment for an extended period of time while learning the necessary skills for returning home and avoiding a relapse. Doral addiction treatment is tailored to each individual and typically includes:
- One-on-one behavioral therapy
- Group therapy and peer support
- Educational programs
- Family therapy
- Experiential and holistic therapies
- Intensive workshops
- Relaxation strategies and stress management
- Learning how to avoid relapses
Relapse prevention is an important part of treatment and includes learning what triggers prescription drug use, how to avoid triggers, lifestyle changes, and learning and using healthy coping strategies.
We understand that in order for rehab to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.
How to Help a Loved One Get Treatment for Doral Abuse
Addiction to Doral is not a choice nor a sign of weakness. It is a condition of the brain that can respond to targeted treatment. When your loved one comes to Alta Mira, they will finally have a chance to be free from the debilitating effects of addiction.
While you can have an influence on your loved one’s decision to seek treatment, an individual struggling with Doral addiction must take ultimate responsibility for their own recovery. Your support and encouragement may be what will finally convince them to seek help for their struggles with Doral.
- The Challenge. Helping a loved one who is struggling with Doral can be a long and heartbreaking journey. It can be hard to help someone, particularly if they don’t want help or if they live far away. Many families wait years beyond the time that they first thought about intervening.
- Get Help for Yourself. If you have a loved one who is suffering from Doral addiction, one of the first things you can do is take care of yourself by attending peer support meetings like Nar-Anon.
- Consider an Interventionist. The longer you wait for someone to “hit bottom,” the more their disease advances. You can actually increase the chance of a successful outcome by intervening with your loved one before their disease progresses to a more dangerous level. However, organizing your family to set limits and boundaries to get a loved one into rehab can be challenging.
Hiring a professional interventionist can help the family get organized as a team, prepare to speak to the addict in a coordinated way, to give your loved one the best possible chance of successfully arriving in treatment. Interventionists can also be helpful during and after the treatment experience, providing support and coaching to the family to ensure that the patient completes treatment. If you are considering an intervention, our admissions team can also help you with this process.
How Our Luxury Doral Addiction Treatment Center Transforms Lives
Residential treatment for Doral addiction is the best option for you or your loved one. Our luxury Doral rehab is designed for a safe detox and successful recovery from addiction. During treatment, we’ll provide you with an array of tools to guide your Doral recovery, such as a personalized treatment plan, holistic and alternative therapies, group therapy, family therapy, life skills training, and help with exercise and nutrition. During your stay at Alta Mira, you’ll have an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This will include comprehensive services for any co-occurring conditions that might be complicating or supporting your Doral addiction.
Our Transformational Doral Addiction Treatment Program
Your first 30 days of treatment at Alta Mira is referred to as your Detox, Stabilization, Assessment period, which begins with private, medically supervised detox. During this time, our detox specialists will keep you safe and secure, monitored 24/7, as you rest in the privacy of your own room.
You can also expect:
- Weekly meetings with a psychiatrist
- Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
- Neuropsychological testing and advanced psychological testing
- Orientation to our recovery fundamentals and self-regulation skills development
- In-depth family engagement and the option for loved ones to attend multiple 4-day family programs
- Introduction to therapy groups
Following 30 days of stabilization, clients move on to the next phase of their recovery process at Alta Mira, which we call our Transformational Program. Key elements of our complete 90-day transformational Doral rehab program include:
- Three individual intensive psychotherapy sessions per week
- Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
- Participation in advanced workshops to support introspection, foundational change toward recovery, and relapse prevention
- Expanded neuropsychological assessment and continued weekly psychiatrist meetings inform tailored treatment adjustments and a refined individualized clinical approach
- Practice and integration of recovery principles and self-regulation skills and continued family work to support improved individual outcomes
- Intensive Workshops
The Courage to Change
Lasting change takes time. It can take six weeks to change a simple habit. Changing behavior following addiction can be very challenging. Learning how to develop clean and sober behaviors, effectively deal with triggers and stressors, take medication as prescribed, and make healthy lifestyle changes to support long-term recovery can take time.
Better Doral Addiction Treatment Outcomes
Our 90-day program provides the structure, support, and time to learn a new way of living to give clients the best possible outcome. Studies show that individuals should participate in Doral treatment for at least 90 days to see the best results. However, the best indicator of success is not the duration of the program, but the mutual cooperation between the recovering addict and the treatment center, as they plan for continuing care after finishing the program.
We understand that in order for treatment to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.
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We believe individuals are best able to focus on their recovery when immersed in a secure, serene, healing setting. That’s why we provide comfortable surroundings while maintaining the most advanced and sophisticated Doral rehab program in Northern California. Clients can expect compassionate care from our best-in-class Doral addiction specialists.
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Doral Addiction FAQs
More than 10,000 deaths related to benzodiazepine overdose were recorded in 2017, and many of these unfortunate men and women were using Doral for sleep problems, or for recreational purposes. Some users mix Doral with opioids or alcohol to boost the drug’s effects, and this behavior can raise the risk of an overdose dramatically.
People who’ve overdosed on quazepam will suffer from extreme drowsiness to the point where they become unresponsive or barely conscious. Their thought and speech will be confused and illogical, and their heart rate may plunge. They will likely demonstrate severe respiratory distress, and these symptoms may be even more acute (and dangerous) if they’ve been using other drugs in addition to Doral.
Whenever an overdose is suspected, companions should call 911 and ask for emergency assistance. Even a moment’s delay could lead to a tragic result.
As a benzodiazepine derivative, Doral can cause harrowing side effects if use suddenly stops.
The symptoms of Doral withdrawal may include:
- Sleep disturbances (the return of insomnia)
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Heavy sweating
- Mental confusion and memory problems
- Heart palpitations
- Headaches and muscle pain
- Abdominal cramps
- Hallucinations and other signs of psychosis
These symptoms are dangerous, but they can be avoided if the person taking Doral gradually reduces consumption instead of quitting cold turkey.
To assure manageable withdrawal, people overcoming quazepam addiction should begin their recovery under the supervision of medical professionals in a licensed detox facility. In this setting all physical, psychological, and emotional problems will be scrutinized and treated as necessary, including any excessive or stressful symptoms of withdrawal that may develop as detoxification procedures continue.
Antidepressants and antipsychotics are sometimes prescribed for withdrawal symptom relief. But medication use will be moderate and carefully monitored.
Detox is not actually a treatment for addiction in the conventional sense. But a one-to-two-week detox period is essential for people with substance abuse issues of any type since withdrawal symptoms have the potential to undermine sobriety and must be brought under control before addiction therapy can commence.
For dependency to be established, two or more of the following symptoms must be reported to physicians or addiction specialists responsible for making a diagnosis:
- Tolerance for the drug has grown to an advanced level
- Strong cravings are experienced when regular Doral use is interrupted
- Doral use often escalates beyond plans and expectations
- Attempts to stop using Doral have always ended in failure
- Drug use is associated with hazardous or impulsive behaviors (driving under the influence, getting involved in fights, etc.)
- Using, acquiring, or recovering from the effects of Doral now require a significant investment of time
- Home, work, personal, and family responsibilities have been increasingly neglected as drug use has accelerated
- Doral use has led to interpersonal conflicts or social problems (but without leading to sobriety)
- Favorite hobbies and activities are neglected because of drug consumption
- Doral use has continued despite its role in the development (or worsening) of serious mental or physical health conditions
- Withdrawal symptoms are experienced if attempts to stop using Doral extend beyond the initial stage
If six or more of these symptoms are reported, severe drug addiction will be diagnosed and immediate treatment will be recommended.