Lunesta Addiction Rehab
Lunesta (eszopiclone) is sedative-hypnotic prescription sleep aid commonly prescribed for chronic insomnia, which can severely impact a person’s focus, coordination, memory, and ability to function during the day. While it can help treat insomnia, Lunesta can also be habit-forming, lead to dependence and abuse, and cause significant withdrawal symptoms if stopped suddenly. Lunesta addiction can be a very serious issue, but with comprehensive treatment and a safe withdrawal, a reduction in symptoms and improvement in sleep patterns can be achieved.
What Is Lunesta?
Lunesta is the brand name for eszopiclone, which is used to treat insomnia. It works by increasing the activity of selective neurotransmitters in the brain that induce sleep.
Lunesta belongs to a class of drug known as non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotics and is often preferred, because it is believed to have a similar effect on the brain as a benzodiazepine but not carry as significant potential for abuse. Lunesta has a shorter half-life than traditional benzodiazepines, which means it is removed from the body faster, which means there is less potential for buildup in the body over time and, as a result, has fewer residual effects.
Although Lunesta may be less addictive than benzodiazepines, long-term use can still bring the considerable potential for dependence, abuse, and addiction.
Lunesta Facts And Statistics
Lunesta was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 to treat insomnia. It was the first insomnia treatment medication to be approved without the “short-term” indication associated with all previous sedative-hypnotics, meaning it could be used without the same concerns related to long-term use that was previously placed on other sedative-hypnotic medications.
Lunesta belongs to a newer class of sedative drugs that bring about the onset of sleep more quickly and allows for longer periods of sleep. The shorter half-life initially suggested a reduced potential for dependency, tolerance, and “carry over” that can cause impairment of daytime activities. But recent reports have shown that these issues are still of concern, particularly with the long-term use of the medication. In fact, Lunesta is currently federally controlled as a Schedule IV medication because of its potential for abuse and addiction.
According to a 2015 report published by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 19 million people aged 12 or older used prescription sedatives, including Lunesta, that year. Of that number, more than 16 million users were 26 years of age or older. And about 8 percent of people who used prescriptions sedatives misused them. Some of the most commonly self-reported reasons for misuse include:
- To help with sleep
- To relax or relieve tension
- To get “high”
- To help regulate emotions
- To increase/decrease the effect(s) of some other drug
- Dependence or addiction
Although it is the prescribed reason for use, the most common reason for misuse was to help with sleep. Nearly 72 percent of people took Lunesta more often than prescribed, at higher doses than prescribed, or without a prescription when trying to regulate their sleep.
The survey also showed that people with co-occurring mental health issues were more likely to misuse prescription sedatives than those who did not.
Effective World-Class Treatment for Lunesta Addiction at Alta Mira
Alta Mira’s residential Lunesta rehab can provide a safe environment for people addicted to Lunesta to taper off medication, manage any withdrawal symptoms, and address issues related to the cause of addiction. While in our Lunesta addiction program, our treatment team will create a personalized treatment plan using individual psychotherapy and group and family therapy to explore and address physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that may have led to the addiction. It can also provide an opportunity to practice and integrate new skills in a therapeutic setting.
Treatment for Lunesta addiction at Alta Mira includes psychotherapy to better manage behaviors and emotions and a stable environment where our clients receive a strong foundation for continued treatment and relapse prevention.
The end of treatment generally does not signify the end of recovery. Relapse prevention tools often become essential to prevent a return to Lunesta abuse.
The goal of relapse prevention is to ensure individuals who suffer from addiction are able to better manage daily life stress, effectively identify and prevent involvement in high-risk situations, and utilize support systems to remain drug-free. It usually includes emotional as well as physical protocols. And in the case of Lunesta addiction, relapse prevention may include tools for applying self-care, like practicing better sleep hygiene, exercising, and eating healthy.
How long relapse prevention lasts depends on the individual. It can be a short time or last for years, as he or she continues to use strategies to balance lifestyle choices with healthy, helpful behaviors.
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Signs and Symptoms of Lunesta Abuse and Addiction
Lunesta addiction and dependence on Lunesta are usually different issues. With long-term use, tolerance to the medication can build up, requiring higher dosages to get the same effects. Additionally, body and brain function can begin to change based on dosage and length of time Lunesta has been used. The brain may learn that it does not have to function in a particular manner anymore, because the medication will provide the function. For example, the brain can reduce or stop producing certain neurotransmitters, expecting Lunesta to help with production as it has in the past. In situations involving tolerance and dependence, a physiological change tends to occur.
On the other hand, addiction usually signifies an emotional, as well as physical, element to dependence. Generally, it is possible to be dependent without being addicted, but addiction typically has a component of dependency involved.
Symptoms of dependence on Lunesta include:
- Physiological changes in body function, such as no longer producing dopamine without use, which is usually experienced as a disruption in emotional function
- Craving Lunesta and an inability to reduce or stop usage
- Withdrawal symptoms when the medication is stopped
Signs a person may have a Lunesta addiction include:
- Increasing the dosage without telling a doctor
- Mixing Lunesta with other drugs to increase the effects
- Taking it for a “Lunesta high”
- Continuing to take Lunesta after the prescription has expired
- Doctor shopping to get new prescriptions
- Obtaining Lunesta by stealing it from family or friends, or through other illicit activity
- Repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop Lunesta use
- Hiding Lunesta use
- Unexplained anxiety
- Memory loss
- A continued need to take Lunesta despite disruptions in interpersonal relationships, physical and psychological problems brought on by its use or abuse
Diagnosing Lunesta Addiction
Doctors prescribing Lunesta for insomnia typically watch for signs of overuse and addiction. As with many sedatives, the potential for abuse and addiction can be high when using Lunesta. Symptoms and side effects people may experience when using Lunesta can range from mild to severe and may appear after short- or long-term use.
An observation or report of certain side effects could indicate to doctors that tolerance, dependence, overuse, or addiction may be at issue. Overuse or addiction to Lunesta can also cause several short- and long-term side effects.
Short-term side effects may include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Somnambulism –sleepwalking, or driving, talking, cooking and other activities usually completed while awake
- Next-day effects, like drowsiness and trouble concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Runny nose and other cold-like symptoms
Long-term side effects include:
- Organ damage, particularly to the liver, kidneys, and brain
- Rebound insomnia
Causes and Risk Factors of Lunesta Addiction
Lunesta may not be right for everyone. People who have a history of addiction, substance abuse, and certain medical conditions may be at higher risk for Lunesta abuse or addiction. People considering the use of Lunesta should tell their doctor about any medications they are currently taking, medical conditions they may have, and if any of the following situations apply:
- A history of alcohol or drug abuse of addiction
- A history of liver disease
- A history of depression or other mental health issues and/or suicidal thoughts
- Currently pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
Withdrawal and Detox from Lunesta
When Lunesta has been used or abused over a long period of time at high doses, withdrawal symptoms are often experienced when the medication is stopped, especially if it is stopped abruptly. Generally, in order to prevent Lunesta withdrawal, doctors will gradually reduce the dosage to taper individuals off of it.
The severity of withdrawal symptoms can range from moderate to severe depending on a number of factors including dosage, length of time used or abused, and individual body chemistry.
Symptoms of Lunesta withdrawal can include:
- Sleep disruption, such as trouble falling or staying asleep and disturbing dreams
- Rapid heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
The process of Lunesta withdrawal can be very dangerous and, if not monitored by a doctor, can lead to other medical problems. Inpatient treatment programs focused on detox and withdrawal from Lunesta can be a safe and helpful option. This process is called a medical detox and allows trained medical professionals to help taper the Lunesta usage, monitor vital signs and behavioral changes, and offer support to overcome Lunesta addiction.
How Our Luxury Lunesta Rehab Center Transforms Lives
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 Lunesta addiction.
Our Transformational Lunesta 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 Lunesta 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 Lunesta 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 Lunesta 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 drug 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.
Reclaim Your Life at Our Private Lunesta Rehab Today
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 Lunesta rehab program in California. Clients can expect compassionate care from our best-in-class Lunesta addiction specialists.
Seeking a helping hand to guide you through these difficult times is not an easy decision. Our caring and experienced team at Alta Mira can help guide you through the next steps toward achieving lasting recovery.
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Lunesta Addiction FAQs
Since Lunesta entered the market to treat insomnia, cases of overdoses have been reported involving amounts up to 90 times the maximum recommended dose. Many people who have experienced Lunesta overdose involving these amounts of the medication have survived and fully recovered. Generally, fatalities associated with Lunesta overdose have occurred when alcohol or other central nervous system drugs were used in combination.
People who are addicted to Lunesta or engage in Lunesta abuse can be at greater risk for overdose. This is because there is a tendency to use it outside the parameters of the prescription, at higher doses, and with alcohol or other drugs to increase its effects or obtain a Lunesta high. Lunesta overdose is a serious issue and can become life-threatening. It can cause respiratory distress as breathing drastically slows, coma, and death.
If a person has overdosed on Lunesta, it is important to call a doctor, poison control, or emergency responders immediately.