How to Treat Insomnia and Doral Abuse
A simple action like sleeping for many is an enjoyable, restful part of the night. You wake up feeling relaxed and ready for a new day. For others, however, sleep is something hard to obtain, an action that seems out of reach. Insomniacs, those who have trouble falling asleep, can experience difficulties both in and out of bed. The effects of not getting a restful night’s sleep can take their toll on all areas of a person’s life. One of the few ways sleep can finally be achieved is through the use of medications like Doral (quazepam). While it may indeed help a person obtain this peaceful state, others can experience a variety of negative side effects that can put them and others in danger. These drugs can be highly addictive, and the user can fall under the spell of medications without even realizing it.
A Look at Insomnia: What Is It?
Let’s say you’ve got a pretty important meeting in the morning and attempt to go to bed early so you can wake up refreshed and prepared for your big day. Instead of falling to sleep, you end up staring at the ceiling running over what you’ll say and what you’ll do at the meeting. Before you know it it’s 3 am and you have fewer than three hours to get to sleep and wake up. Your lack of sleep or trouble getting to sleep may be the result of an overactive mind due to the excitement and anticipation of the next day.
Now, let’s say this happened every day for months on end. The effects of not getting to sleep have caused you to perform poorly at work, neglect or show less enthusiasm about social or family activities, or shirk off simple duties at home like washing the dishes or doing laundry. You’re tired all the time and no matter what you do, you can’t fall asleep when you need to. This is insomnia.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, insomnia is classified as not being able to sleep or have a restful sleep despite the opportunity and time to do so. The condition is accompanied by daytime stress or impairment and occurs at least three times during the week for over a month. Thirty percent of adults report experiencing at least one of these symptoms.
Doral Use and Insomnia
You go to see a doctor who prescribes you Doral, a benzodiazepine that helps you get to sleep and maintain a full night’s sleep. While your doctor may advise you of the immediate side effects linked with this medication:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Daytime drowsiness
- Lack of coordination
- Feeling of nervousness or excitability
- Dry mouth
You don’t mind these side effects as long as you can get to sleep, but are you aware of the negative consequences of using Doral? Doral and other benzodiazepines are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that slow down the brain, thus allowing one to get to sleep soundly. Benzos like Doral are also highly addictive and can cause the user to do things he or she is not aware of.
Dangers of Drugs
Benzodiazepines were once thought to be safe for almost everyone, but researchers now know that the medications tinker with the same reward system that’s commonly hijacked by addictive drugs. In a way, these drugs fool the brain into believing that it’s experiencing something strangely wonderful and novel, and the brain’s cells may seek that drug out again and again. Some people take Doral appropriately and they never experience this kind of problem. But others start by taking the drug as directed and they slowly but surely add on a little more and a little more until their use is out of control.
Those who attempt to stop taking Doral abruptly may stun and shock the brain, and as the sedated cells awaken, a storm of electrical activity can take hold, sweeping through the brain and perhaps causing seizures. It’s not advisable for anyone who takes Doral to stop taking the drug quickly for this reason, but people who are addicted and who take massive doses of the drug as a result need to be especially careful to step down their doses instead of going cold turkey. Rehab programs can help people to go through this process in a safe and controlled manner.
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Dangerous Side Effects of Doral Use
When used correctly, Doral can be an effective medication for insomnia; however, due to its addictive nature, users can develop a tolerance or addiction to the drug. What this means is that more of the drug will be needed to achieve the same effect and, eventually, the user may feel as if he or she needs it to get to sleep.
Users on sleep aids can experience sleep activities while in a sedative-hypnotic state. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), many users have reported “sleep driving” or eating, talking, or having sex while on the drug. When on this drug, however, many people rarely remember their actions during the night. Not only is this dangerous to the person taking the drug, but it can be dangerous to others as well. When we are not conscious of our own actions, anything can happen.
When one abuses Doral or any other benzo, the risks can increase, especially when use is combined with alcohol or other drugs. These substances can enhance the effects of Doral, making it particularly fatal. As Doral is a CNS depressant, the combination of other legal or illegal drugs can shut down the body’s functions, causing slowed or stopped breathing, brain damage, sexual dysfunction, or memory loss.
Dealing with Triggers
People may abuse Doral for all sorts of reasons, but many addicted people start their journey due to insomnia. This inability to sleep will function as a potent trigger for drug abuse unless it’s amended, as each time the person can’t sleep, drugs might seem like a viable solution that can kill the distress and bring about relief.
Unlike other sleeping medications, Doral doesn’t tend to cause rebound insomnia, according to an article in the journal Pharmacotherapy, so people who are addicted to the drug may not have stronger-than-average troubles with sleep. But they might still benefit from targeted sleep hygiene therapy. In educational sessions, they’ll learn more about how to create a comfortable bedroom and they’ll practice routines they can use to slow the mind and prepare it for sleep. They may also obtain medical assistance for underlying conditions that can lead to sleep trouble, including:
- Muscle pain
- Restless leg syndrome
When the physical conditions are addressed and sleep hygiene techniques have been perfected, major triggers for Doral abuse disappear and the person might be able to sleep soundly, without feeding an addiction.
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Should You Get Help for Doral Abuse?
If you or a loved one is abusing or addicted to Doral or any other sleeping aid, call Alta Mira now. If you aren’t sure, making this call is the first step in better understanding this drug and what it can do to you and those around you. Drugs like Doral, while sometimes helpful, can absolutely be dangerous when misused or used over a long period of time. Call Alta Mira today and get the help you need.