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Barbiturates Abuse and Treatment

What are barbiturates?

Abuse of Barbiturates in America has been a problem for a long time and at the Rehab Centers in Florida our professionals have a proven program for successful recovery and treatment from addiction. Barbiturates have historically been used as sedatives or anticonvulsive medication for epileptics. It has even been used to provide total anesthesia. Their popularity has waned over the past few decades in favor of benzodiazepines because of the decreased risk of overdose.

How do barbiturates work?

Barbiturates are a central nervous system depressants, meaning that they affect the neurotransmitter gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA). These neurotrasmitters decrease brain activity, thus causing sedation in the user. Many patients experience a calm, relaxed feeling once they have taken the drug.

What are the side effects of barbiturates?

Side effects of barbiturates can range in severity, depending the level of use of the drug, but some of them include fever, muscle and joint pain, chest pain, bleeding sores on the lips, wheezing and depression.

Barbiturates abuse

Barbiturate abuse has decreased significantly since the 1970s, when doctors began prescribing benzodiazepines over barbiturates because they are safer and the risk of overdosing is significantly. However, while it may not be the most common depressant, it is still abused

Depressants like barbiturates are typically used in conjunction with other drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or alcohol. The drugs are taken to help the user “come down” from a high, so that they can sleep or avoid the withdrawal effects associated with stimulants or opiates. Street names for depressants include downers, yellow jackets, red devils and more.

What are the withdrawal symptoms for barbiturates?

Withdrawal symptoms for barbiturates is similar to many other CNS depressants. When an addict stops using barbiturates “cold turkey” the brain may race out of control, causing seizures and other harmful side effects. Because of the severity of immediate withdrawal, it is recommended that addicts wean themselves from the drug slowly.

Barbiturate Addiction Treatment and Rehab

Challenges is a nationally recognized center for the treatment of substance abuse, addictions, dual diagnoses and relapse prevention. Our treatment programs are specifically designed with the needs of the individual patient in mind.

If detox from barbiturates is necessary, we can facilitate the needs of the client. The Challenges staff is highly trained and we are one of the oldest addiction treatment and relapse prevention centers, not only in the State of Florida, but also in the United States. If you or someone you love has a cocaine addiction, we can help.

We have a wide variety of treatment programs available, including neurofeedback, massage, yoga, group sessions, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, extended care transitional treatment and intensive outpatient treatment, and ongoing alumni services and technology-enhanced aftercare to ensure continued recovery and support.

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