Symptoms and Signs of Lunesta Addiction
What is Lunesta, and How Do You Know if You Have an Addiction Problem?
Many of us experience sleepless nights.
And when those sleepless nights turn into several days or more, we need relief.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can leave us feeling exhausted.
When we hit the bed, our minds are still turning, unable to shut down.
Many physicians prescribe a sleep aid like Lunesta.
Most prescription sleep aids are meant as a short-term treatment.
However, for those with severe insomnia, Lunesta is sometimes prescribed for long-term treatment.
The longer we take it, the more habit-forming and addictive it becomes.
So, how do you know if you are addicted?
Immediate Placement in Rehab for Lunesta Addiction
What is Lunesta?
Lunesta is a prescribed drug that is used to treat insomnia. Prescription sleeping pills are sedatives that cause you to feel tired and stay asleep. Prescribed sleeping pills cause the brain and nervous system to slow down. When this happens, we begin to feel relaxed and able to fall asleep. Your physician prescribes the lowest effective dose and chooses the brand that is best suited for your needs.
Various sleeping pills have different absorption rates and how much time they remain in the body.
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Insomnia is a multi-faceted sleep disorder. Those of us who have trouble going to sleep and getting a decent night of rest have insomnia. Lack of sleep causes not only fatigue but also the inability to concentrate and function normally. It is similar to being in a fog that makes you feel tired all the time.
Here are some statistics from The National Sleep Foundation:
- 22% of Americans struggle with chronic insomnia
- Females are 1.3 times more likely to have insomnia than males
- Women 65 and older are 1.5 times more likely to have insomnia than those who are under the age of 65
There are two forms of insomnia:
- A very brief duration of having trouble sleeping, which may be due to stress or trauma
- Sleep aids are prescribed for short-term treatment
- Addictive risks are minimal
- Three or more nights of sleep disruptions lasting for three months or more
- Sleep aids are prescribed for long-term treatment
- Comorbidity of depression is a concern
- Addiction risks are high
Side Effects and Long-Term Effects of Lunesta
Lunesta has some unwanted side effects that can impair judgment and function. More importantly, when taking it long-term, the risk of addiction increases.
Common Side Effects:
- Lack of motor coordination
- Impaired alertness
- Doing things while asleep such as driving or eating
- Suicidal thoughts
- Feeling cold (chills)
- Dry mouth
- Pain in the lower back or side
- Difficulty or painful urination
- Bloody/cloudy urine
- Bladder pain
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Moodiness (irritable, sad, anxious)
- Overall aches and pains
- Unable to concentrate
Common Long-Term Side Effects:
- Lunesta overdose that may potentially be fatal
- Abuse (especially in those with mental disorders or a history of drug abuse)
- Addiction (especially in those with mental disorders or a history of drug abuse)
- Worsening depression and/or suicidal thoughts/tendencies
- Withdrawal symptoms from stopping use
Mental Illness and Lunesta Abuse
There is a connection between insomnia and mental disorders. In fact, about 50% of people with insomnia have depression, anxiety, or emotional strain. Psychiatric practices have a large populous (50-80%) of patients that have insomnia.
Mental Disorders Associated with Insomnia:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
Those of us who have a mental disorder are more likely to abuse Lunesta. Additionally, if you have depression, Lunesta may exacerbate your depression to become worse.
Lunesta Abuse Leads to Addiction
It is hard to admit that we are “abusing” drugs readily. Those of us who have upstanding, good moral character typically do not do things like that. If you have taken drugs to induce ways of feeling happy, calm, or focused, you have likely abused that drug.
If you run out of Lunesta and you panic or seek ways to get more, what is that telling you? The addictive behavior is fueling the panic and the need to seek more. It is not easy to admit but being honest with yourself is the first step in getting help! Are you the one in control of your life, or is Lunesta?
You can beat this, but you will need the help of professionals who will walk you through every step. Trying to do this on your own can end up in setbacks, further worsening your situation.
What Do You Need to Do to Get Treatment?
You have already taken the first step, which is the hardest, admitting you need help. Guess what? There are many others just like you out there that are going through the same thing. You are not alone.
You have a team waiting for you that will be at your side from the moment you make that first phone call. Compassionate and caring professionals at Resurgence California are waiting for you. Your treatment starts the minute you reach out to them.
- Someone is available 24/7 via phone or through the online portal
- You will go through an “intake” process to get you on your way
- You will go through a health screening
- A team of professionals will develop a tailored treatment plan just for you
- Your journey towards recovery begins
If detox is required, you will be treated at an inpatient center where you will be well cared for by our around-the-clock medical staff.
Detox for Lunesta Addiction
We offer two options for detox: social or medical. You will receive the best care from start to finish. Once you have completed detox, you advance to the next step in your recovery and treatment program. You will either become an outpatient or partial hospitalization patient.
You will reside at the facility while transitioning back into your normal life, eventually moving on to an outpatient.
As an outpatient, you will be scheduled for visits where you will meet with different team members. You will have one-on-one interactions with therapists, medical staff members, counselors, and group therapy. Outpatient visits are generally longer than those of the Intensive Outpatient Therapy program.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy
Intensive Outpatient Therapy is designed for those who lead busy lives and need to plan your treatment around jobs, children, or school.
Payment and Insurance
Our staff is more than happy to verify your insurance on your behalf to make things easier for you. You also have the option to use our online verification form to do it yourself.
- Most PPO insurances are accepted (see below)
- Private Pay
- Payment Plans
Insurance is verified either by our staff on your behalf. You can use the online verification form to check your coverage.
Accepted Insurances (If yours is not listed here, please contact us.)
- Assurant Health
- Vista Insurance Partners
- Ameritas Group
- Health Net
- Horizon Blue Cross
- Premera Blue Cross
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Resuming Your Normal Life
After completing your treatment, you will be ready to resume your everyday life.
Although your treatment has been completed, you will confidently depart the program equipped with aftercare plans.
You will have your own cheering squad every step of the way!
Contact Resurgence Beahvioral Health today.