At Transformations By The Gulf, we understand how barbiturate addiction can control your life. We tailor individual, an innovative treatment that will address your needs – body, mind, and spirit – so you can get your life back on track. Your individualized drug treatment program might include outpatient detox, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and a wide array of adjunct treatment services designed to ensure you receive world-class addiction treatment and achieve sustained recovery.

How Barbiturate Addiction Can Happen

Prescription drug addiction is a serious and growing concern in the U.S. It is estimated that nearly 20% of this country’s population is using prescription drugs for nonmedical use. A contributing factor to this problem is the increased availability of certain drugs from online pharmacies.

Barbiturates are the most commonly abused prescription drug. Classified as central nervous system (CNS) depressants, they were first used by physicians as a treatment for insomnia, anxiety, epileptic seizures, or to help people relax before undergoing surgery. Commonly prescribed barbiturates are Phenobarbital and Secobarbital.

Some people become dependent on barbiturates during the course of medical treatment. The use and eventual abuse of the drug can begin with occasionally taking a hypnotic at night to aid symptoms of insomnia. However, if taken daily for more than a month, the brain becomes chemically dependent on the drug. Barbiturate addiction induces not only a physical dependence but also a psychological need. The regular use of even a small dose can lead to a psychological dependency.

Barbiturates can be injected or taken in pill or liquid form. Pills are the most common recreational form. The street names for barbiturates refer to the color of the pill, like Reds or Blues; the drug’s effect, such as Downers or Goof balls; or are derivatives of the brand name, like Nembies which is Nembutal.

The drugs depress the sensory cortex and decrease motor activity, resulting in an almost hypnotic state, which is why they are called “downers.” The dose determines the length of the effect, which can range anywhere from a few moments to a few days. Small doses can make the user feel drowsy, intoxicated, and uninhibited, whereas higher doses can result in slurring of speech and confusion. The quick-acting hypnotic barbiturates are most liable to be abused and cause dependence. However, any use of barbiturates without a doctor’s supervision can be extremely dangerous because an overdose can result in a comatose state or even death.

Barbiturates are also commonly used to counteract the over-stimulation caused by other drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamines.

The Effects of Barbiturate Addiction

Addiction to barbiturates is characterized by extreme mood swings, lack of judgment, memory lapse, anger, depression, and severe fatigue. The impairment of normal mental and emotional abilities can lead to a decrease in social and recreational activities, and the inability to fulfill normal responsibilities, such as work.

Stopping the drug without supervision can lead to intense withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, insomnia, agitation, high fevers, hallucinations, delirium, and eventually seizures. If a pregnant woman becomes addicted to barbiturates, not only is there the potential for the baby to be born an addict, but the newborn may also suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Let’s chat now (866) 335-2962