Residential Treatment for Sedative Addiction

Residential Treatment for Sedative Addiction

Sedatives, or sedative-hypnotics, are medications normally prescribed for anxiety or sleeplessness. Despite their popularity, these drugs have advanced addictive capacities, making drug dependency a serious threat when sedatives are misused. The residential treatment program for sedative addiction at Alta Mira has been a lifesaver for many men and women, who’ve learned to control their behavior and end their dependence on these powerful medications.

The medical or recreational misuse of sedative-hypnotic medications opens a pathway to addiction. Once dependency develops, comprehensive treatment offers the best hope for a healthy and sustainable recovery. Alta Mira’s all-inclusive treatment services for sedative addiction can make a dramatic difference for men and women who require intensive, professional intervention.

Learn About Sedative Addiction Treatment at Alta Mira


Sedative-hypnotic medications in the benzodiazepine class are most frequently prescribed for sleeping problems and anxiety disorders. They are appropriate for short-term use, but if taken continuously growing tolerance for their effects can easily lead to drug dependence. Alta Mira sponsors a treatment program for sedative addiction that is evidence-based, expertly delivered and highly effective, offering a real chance at recovery to anyone who has become addicted to these potent medications.

Safe Detox

Benzodiazepines have replaced barbiturates as the most commonly prescribed sedative. Each class of drugs, however, is addictive. Our supervised detox program at Alta Mira will help you taper your sedative doses gradually yet sustainably while offering round-the-clock medical care in a fully-staffed and supplied clinical facility. Your physical, psychological, and emotional condition will be closely monitored by a team of medical professionals, and formal treatment won’t begin until your condition has stabilized and your withdrawal symptoms have been reduced to a manageable level.

Individual Treatment Plans

Treatment for sedative addiction at Alta Mira features an intense daily regimen of individual, group, and family therapy. Your customized treatment plan for sedative addiction will address the underlying causes of your drug dependency while teaching you strategies to avoid temptation and deal more effectively with anxiety, sleeplessness, and any other factors that might trigger a relapse. Your individualized recovery plan will last for 30–90 days, and you’ll remain in the care of experienced and compassionate addiction specialists throughout the duration of your stay.

Positive Treatment Outcomes

We’ve partnered with the Vista Research Group to monitor the progress of patients who come to Alta Mira for help with substance abuse problems. Based on their feedback, we can adjust your recovery plan as it proceeds, to ensure you’re receiving the appropriate combination of healthcare services.

Effective Treatments for Co-Occurring Disorders With Sedative Addiction


Sedative addiction is often related to pre-existing mental health issues. If anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, or other emotional or psychological problems are diagnosed, your treatment plan at Alta Mira will treat them as a priority.

Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities

Our skilled and experienced addiction specialists have been trained in the most advanced treatment methodologies. The menu of evidence-based services at Alta Mira includes several highly effective and time-tested therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Somatic Awareness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Relapse Prevention coursework, life skills instruction, and holistic healing practices may also be added to your addiction recovery plan. This reveals the comprehensive and inclusive nature of our evidence-based approach to wellness.

Accurate Diagnosis

After you arrive at Alta Mira, you’ll be carefully evaluated by a staff psychiatrist, to facilitate a complete diagnosis of your condition. Additional neuropsychological testing will be provided as well, to make sure nothing is missed. Co-occurring mental health disorders are common with sedative addiction and must be addressed during treatment if your sobriety is to last.

Your Alta Mira Experience


World-Class Clinical Care

When you come to Alta Mira for drug treatment, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be in good hands. Our counselors, addiction specialists, and mental health experts are experienced, highly trained, empathic, and dedicated to your health and wellness. We’re a licensed and certified recovery facility, and we’ll keep you comfortable and safe even as we help you heal and learn.

Our Caring Team

Alta Mira’s recovery professionals have the expertise and knowledge to help you break the hold your sedative addiction has gained over your life. They will relate to you as a unique individual, customizing your healing plan to meet all of your personal and medical needs. They will treat you with compassion and respect, acting as your guides and mentors as you strive to overcome your drug dependency.

Beautiful, Healing Environment

In the hills of San Francisco, near the historic Golden Gate Bridge overlooking San Francisco Bay, Alta Mira is an idyllic location where you can come to rest, reflect, and recover. During your weeks in our care, you’ll enjoy luxurious housing and a clean, comforting atmosphere. You’ll have access to serene outdoor spaces and beautifully furnished common areas, where you can share quality time with peers or visiting family members. At Alta Mira, we make a concerted effort to make you feel welcome and at peace, surrounded by positive energy as you focus on your recovery without distraction.

Delicious, Healthy Meals

Our mission is to help you achieve the healthiest state possible, in mind, body, and spirit. To facilitate your wellness, we’ll treat you to three nutritious meals each day, made primarily from locally-grown organic food. Mealtimes offer a delightful experience at Alta Mira, where you’ll enjoy tasty fare prepared with tender loving care.

Holistic Services

Alta Mira features a full menu of holistic healing services, which can help you reduce stress and anxiety and function as a drug-free cure for insomnia. Some of the practices we offer include:

  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Art and music therapy
  • Equine-assisted therapy

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy consists of activities that will challenge you to confront your fears and push beyond your limits. Twice-weekly excursions will expose you to stimulating activities like ziplining, rock climbing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, and kayaking, to name a few possibilities. Supplementing these exciting activities, you’ll also have the chance to visit local parks and museums, and occasionally other cultural attractions that help make San Francisco one of the most vibrant and eclectic cities in the world.

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How to Help a Loved One Get Treatment for Sedative Addiction


The Challenge

You may realize your partner, parent, child, or friend has developed a drug addiction before they do. They may remain in denial, even after their abuse of sedatives has reached a dangerous stage. Urging them to seek help is an important expression of your love, and your refusal to take ‘no’ for an answer could make all the difference.

Recognizing Sedative Addiction

Sedative addiction can be difficult to identify. This is unfortunate because the sooner a person who’s been abusing sedatives gets help the better their chances of recovery. Benzodiazepine addictions can be particularly hard to overcome if they are left unaddressed for too long.

Here are some common symptoms of sedative abuse:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Mental confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Breathing problems
  • Return of insomnia
  • Overdoses requiring emergency treatment

These signs of sedative abuse should not be ignored. When sedative use is a compulsion and not a choice, it means that addiction has developed.

Get Help for Yourself

Relationships affected by drug dependency can be unstable, unpredictable, and highly stressful. No matter how supportive you try to be, seeing your loved one struggle with addiction is painful and a source of intense anxiety. In these circumstances, you should be concerned for your own health, too.

Group meetings sponsored by organizations like Nar-Anon can be tremendously beneficial to family members impacted by a loved one’s drug problems. Nar-Anon is active all across the United States, and you likely won’t have to travel far to find help.

Consider an Interventionist

If your loved one with a sedative addiction resists residential treatment, it may be time to consider bringing in a trained interventionist. Working together, you can arrange an intervention that combines great compassion with persuasive arguments, increasing the chances that your family member or friend will finally agree to enroll in a drug treatment program.

Please contact the admissions office at Alta Mira today to discuss your options. We can help you find a skilled interventionist with a track record of success.

Lasting Change for a Better Life


The Courage to Change

Sedatives can gain a tight grip over your mind and body when you abuse them. Consequently, it takes a steady and determined effort to overcome a sedative addiction. Without the assistance of trained recovery professionals, and the support of peers in group therapy, a relapse might be difficult to avoid. Thankfully, you’ll have the support and encouragement you need when you come to Alta Mira for treatment.

Better Drug Treatment Outcomes

If you’ve battled addiction for a long time, Alta Mira’s comprehensive 90-day residential treatment program offers the best odds of a full recovery. This intensive, evidence-based healing program will effectively address any co-occurring disorders that might have been diagnosed, in addition to your sedative dependency. Our addiction specialists and mental health experts will give you the empathic attention you need and deserve, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

When you emerge from treatment you’ll be prepared for a life free from drugs and alcohol. Continuing care services will be provided once formal treatment ends, keeping you on the fast track to permanent sobriety.

Working and Healing Together

Addiction is an illness that catches you by surprise. When it first develops, you may not respond as well as you should. But once you make a commitment to recovery, and pledge to do your best to eliminate drugs and alcohol from your life, your chances of finding sobriety will be excellent.

Alta Mira offers compassionate, sensitive treatment services in a welcoming and growth-oriented environment. At Alta Mira, you’ll form warm healing partnerships with your therapists, and with peers who understand your situation and share your determination to recover. Our residential treatment program for sedative addiction is designed to lead you away from self-destructive behavioral patterns. We can help you overcome your addiction, letting you emerge from your troubles with a new perspective and a strong determination to stay healthy and well.

Please contact us today to learn more about our recovery programs and about how they can improve your life.