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Amytal is a brand name for Amobarbital. Amobarbital belongs to a class of drugs known as barbiturates. These drugs are sedatives that suppress the central nervous system and are used to treat sleep disorders. This drug is a controlled substance and not available to the public.

What is Amytal?

Amytal was infamous as being a “truth serum” for psychiatrists years ago. It has since been pulled off the market in pill form, and currently, physicians are the only ones who can administer this drug intravenously. Amytal had proved to be highly addictive, causing it to be removed from prescription medications.

Amytal is also known by other pharmaceutical names:

Amobarbital (Amytal) became an internationally controlled barbiturate in 1971. This was done to control the illicit use and trade of this drug.

Amytal uses include anesthesiologists using it as an immediate pre-surgical means to relax a patient. It takes effect very quickly and can induce sedation and coma-induced sleep during surgical procedures. Veterinary medicine use barbiturates for euthanasia. Lethal injection execution and assisted suicide also use these drugs for the end of life.

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The illicit drug market and users know Amytal by its various street names:

  • Downer
  • Red
  • Redbird
  • Blue Devil
  • Heavenly Blue
  • Blue Heaven
  • Bluebird
  • Blue Velvet
  • Lilly 33

Other barbiturate drugs include:

  • Fiorina
  • Pentothal
  • Seconal
  • Nembutal

Universal street names of barbiturates:

  • Barbs
  • Block Busters
  • Christmas Trees
  • Goof Balls
  • Pinks
  • Red Devils
  • Reds & Blues
  • Yellow Jackets

The Abuse of Amytal

Amytal is addictive, as are other barbiturates. The danger of using these drugs and a user’s growing tolerance causes higher dosing that can potentially be fatal. These drugs provide users a buzz like getting drunk from alcohol use. Britain had an alarming preference for Amytal back before the U.S. pulled it from the market. Along with Amytal, users were abusing Amylobarbitone and Quinalbarbitone.

If you have ever had surgery or a medical procedure done, you may have been given Amytal to make you go to sleep. It happened rather quickly, leaving you no memory of anything after that. Those that misuse Amytal or any other barbiturate may do so with intentions of finding a solution to insomnia.

Little do they know they are messing with a timebomb. The more they use these drugs to sleep, the more they grow tolerant, ending up using higher doses. It is a slippery slope that you will eventually lose footing on.

Side Effects

Barbiturates have a dark side to them because they get you hooked easily. Not only do you build a tolerance to it, but you also grow dependent physically and mentally. Abruptly stopping the use of these drugs can leave you crippled with withdrawal.

  • Behavior that mimics drunkenness
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired function and thinking
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Imbalance
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Overdose (presents within 15 minutes)
  • Overall depression of the central nervous system
  • Sluggishness that worsens
  • Shallow or absence of breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Hypothermia
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Hemorrhagic blisters
  • Death (one in 10 people who overdose on Amytal die)
  • Withdrawal (can last up to 15 days) – begins within 8-12 hours after cessation of drug
  • Jittery
  • Feeling on edge
  • Uncontrollable muscle twitches
  • Tremors of extremities
  • Dizziness
  • Distorted vision
  • Growing weakness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Seizure
  • DTs (delirium tremens)
  • Confusion
  • Disoriented
  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Tachycardia

Mental Illness and Barbiturates

Those of us who struggle with mental disorders that affect the ability to sleep are at risk of abusing drugs to help us get that sleep. We also misuse drugs to help numb the emotional pain that comes from mental disorders. On the other hand, when you abuse drugs, you can develop psychosis because your brain function is altered or permanently damaged. Sleeping pill addiction is real and dangerous.

Treatment for a Barbiturate Addiction

Whether you are addicted to Amyatol or any other barbiturates, you know deep down you need help. An addiction becomes fiercely powerful enough to hold you, prisoner, as you spiral deeper into using. All hope is not lost because you have a blade sharp enough to cut through the chains that hold you down.

That blade is your resiliency to rise above, and regardless of what your body or mind tells you, you are going to pick up the phone and get help. You will not put it off or wait for a better time. Now is the time to take back control!

You can do this.

Getting treatment to get better is something that comes after your phone call. Resurgence California has a person sitting by the phone waiting for you to make that call. When you hear their voice on the other end of the phone line, you will feel the love and concern that immediately embraces you. Guess what? You just conquered the most challenging part of getting treatment.

That first step is like running and jumping over what appears to be a deep crevice in the ground. You must cross over that dark depth of unknown to get to the other side. There is no sitting down and planning it out or putting it off. Time is limited. Without putting too much thought into what you must do, you run and jump, landing on the other side. You feel victorious.

Do not let that “crevice” keep you separated from living a normal, healthy life. You know what you must do. Once you arrive here at Resurgence, California, you feel as if you stepped into a relative’s home. We believe in a family-like environment within a home setting where you feel comfortable. You are not known as a “patient” but a “resident.” This becomes your home while you get better.

Residents are offered options in accommodations that include standard, executive, or luxury with the amenities you are accustomed to. We offer faith-based and holistic treatment programs to complement your treatment plan. You will detox in a safe, comfortable manner while under the care of medical professionals.

Once detox is behind you, you advance to partial hospitalization, where you learn to ease back into life. Our treatment approach is through evidence-based therapies that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.

The outpatient phase is something we know you will anticipate and look forward to. As you attend scheduled therapy visits as an outpatient, we will be celebrating you and your accomplishments.

Payment and Insurance

Payments can be conveniently made through our secure online payment service. Because insurance can be confusing, we will contact your insurance provider on your behalf to verify coverage.

We accept most PPO insurances. If you do not see your insurance in our listing below, give us a call. Payment options include private pay and payment plans.

  • Assurant Health
  • Vista Insurance Partners
  • Humana
  • Ameritas Group
  • Health Net
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Blue Cross
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

So, you have that crevice between you and the other side. Do not think it over, don’t plan it out, just start running and jump over that crevice. What are you waiting for? Make that call.