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Quitting Ambien requires going to an Ambien addiction treatment.

The physical and psychological hold that this drug has over you can be extremely intense.

Withdrawal from Ambien is not only difficult, but it is inevitable.

Withdrawal is something that should be taken very seriously and treated in a medical detox program.

Typically, when beginning Ambien addiction treatment, your physician will create a taper-down schedule, which will help you recover slowly and avoid some of the side effects that come with withdrawal.

After this detox, you will typically go to an Ambien addiction treatment in an inpatient or rehab setting.

What is Ambien?

Ambien is a prescription sedative-hypnotic.

It comes in a tablet and an extended-release tablet.

It is commonly used to treat insomnia and nighttime wakefulness, occurring in almost 70 million Americans.

Each year, doctors write around 38 million prescriptions for Ambien in the United States.

Ambien is a potent drug, creating a considerable risk of abuse.

Ambien should only be prescribed as a short-term fix for insomnia.

The active ingredients in Ambien work with a neurotransmitter in your brain called GABA.

This medication activates GABA production, which eventually works to slow down the brain and central nervous systems.

Is Ambien Considered a Benzodiazepine?

Initially, Ambien was a non-benzodiazepine drug. It was manufactured to be as effective as regular benzodiazepines like Xanax, but with less risk for addiction.
Although Ambien is technically less-addictive than Xanax, it is still highly addictive on its own. Ambien is also known to cause less severe side effects than Xanax. Ambien has a similar abuse profile as regular benzodiazepines.

Signs Someone Needs Ambien Addiction Treatment

If you take Ambien, you are at risk for a physical dependence on the drug even if it was prescribed. Dependence and addiction are not the same. Dependence is a sign that someone is headed down the wrong path, which can lead to addiction.
If you are addicted, then you will crave the drug and cannot live without it. If you are dependent, then you will need more of the drug to achieve the desired effect. In either of these situations, you will experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping the use of Ambien.


Without treatment, Ambien dependence quickly turns into an addiction. When you have a substance abuse disorder, you will see signs of tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, and an inability to control your use. You may also have cravings for the drug. Although you may not think you have a problem with Ambien, you will notice that you do once you stop taking it. Staying awake on Ambien can be very dangerous.

Common signs of Ambien addiction include:

  • doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions
  • taking more of the drug than prescribed
  • disorientation
  • impaired memory or blackouts
  • extreme cravings for Ambien
  • social withdrawal
  • hiding drug use or being secretive
  • rebound insomnia when not taking Ambien

How Can I Manage My Sleep When Addicted to Ambien?

Because Ambien use is typically born out of the need to get sleep, getting back on a normal, healthy sleep cycle is essential to staying clean from this drug. Tips for managing your sleep while in Ambien recovery include:

  • Reprogramming Your Internal Clock: Having a consistent bedtime teaches the body’s internal clock when it is time for sleep. Eventually, people following a routine sleep schedule naturally become tired when it is their regular bedtime.
  • Ongoing Counseling: Continuing therapy not only helps you to stay sober after Ambien addiction treatment, but it will also help you to reduce anxiety or stress.
  • Reducing Stress: Many activities help reduce stress and make it easier to fall asleep, including meditation, exercise, massage, or creating art.
  • Canceling Out Distractions: It is incredibly essential to have a distraction-free sleep environment, which will make it easier to fall asleep and avoid waking up in the middle of the night.
  • Avoiding Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine: All three of these substances keep you up or disrupt your sleep. Although alcohol might help short term, eventually, you may not be able to sleep as soundly, which will disturb your sleep cycle.


Most rehabs can help treat you for an Ambien addiction, but you will find that some treatment centers can do so better than others. Ambien addiction treatment options include:

Medically Assisted Detox

Most inpatient rehabs include a medically assisted detox before entering inpatient or outpatient treatment, which is extremely important to soothe painful withdrawal symptoms and ease discomfort.

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab is a 24-hour program where you live at the treatment center. These programs last for at least 30 days and up to 90 days. These programs are strict, with all of your daily activities scheduled. Your schedule might include:

  • counseling
  • free time
  • support groups
  • group therapy

These programs can help you establish daily sleeping habits to avoid using Ambien to try and sleep. Inpatient rehab creates an environment so that you can quit more easily. Despite this, many Ambien users often relapse within days of withdrawal when attempting to do so on the outside.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab is a good option for someone with a less severe addiction. These treatment programs allow you to continue maintaining daily responsibilities while still in treatment. You will be going to treatment three to four times per week for two to three hours per session


After detox and treatment, you will need to continue aftercare treatment, whether this means continuing to see a counselor or going to group meetings. Aftercare will ensure that you have the proper support system in place and keep you from being tempted to relapse. You may also continue going to therapy to learn sleep habits, co-occurring disorders, or stress reduction.

Payment Information

Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

How to Get Help

Are you or a loved one suffering from addiction?

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand how difficult it can be to give up an addiction.

Our dedicated team will help you customize a treatment plan to help you heal from your addiction.

Our goal is for you to leave Resurgence Behavioral Health with mental fortitude and coping skills to maintain lifelong sobriety.

Call Resurgence Behavioral Health at 855-458-0050 to schedule an appointment.

We challenge you to make a fresh start with us today.

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