Restoril, or temazepam, is a benzodiazepine used primarily to treat insomnia. It’s a sedative that acts on the brain to produce a calming effect throughout the body, making it easier to fall asleep. This type of drug is recommended only for short-term treatment– maybe one to two weeks – and only under the prescription and care of a medical doctor.
As a benzodiazepine, Restoril can be addictive because it interferes with the brain’s natural production of a chemical messenger called gamma-Aminobutyric acid or GABA. It is possible that you become reliant on Restoril to produce GABA, making the drug essential for daily function and nightly sleep.
It’s not that people want to become addicted to the drug, but it can happen without their intent. Benzodiazepines, in general, can easily become the “go-to” drug when people want to relax or sleep, and this can become addictive. Therefore, due to its addictive nature, caution should always be used while taking this medication.
Withdrawal symptoms may be experienced when a Restoril-dependent person tries to come off the drug. The brain will try to rebalance itself as it learns to make GABA on its own again. The withdrawal symptoms are the brain’s way of adjusting to life without the drug, and the body rids itself of any toxins associated with it. It is recommended that dependent users taper off the drug to reduce or minimize withdrawal symptoms.
Restoril withdrawal symptoms will vary and may include:
Short-term memory loss may also be experienced although this is rare. More serious symptoms might include:
In general,Restoril withdrawal is not fatal, although insomnia may return. Symptoms will generally last from anywhere to a week to many weeks, depending on the following factors:
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In general, the withdrawal timeline could go as follows:
The earliest stage of Restoril withdrawal will see the patient beginning to experience the lighter symptoms discussed above. In general, discomfort and insomnia will increase in intensity during this period, although no major harm should come to the patient provided they are in a safe place.
The patient may experience the worst of the symptoms on days four through seven, such as seizures or depression. This is the worst phase of the withdrawal period, and overcoming it marks the end of the most daunting part of the experience. By the end of day seven, you should be feeling less intense symptoms.
The more general symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, irritation, and fatigue will continue to last through the following weeks. Each day, these symptoms should become lighter and more manageable. If at any point the symptoms begin to worsen, a doctor should be contacted immediately.
Although it can be used to help with insomnia, Restoril impairs the brain’s ability to produce its supply of the chemical messenger GABA. This creates an unhealthy dependency that goes past insomnia, as it ensures the user will need Restoril for the long term.
Restoril’s memory-loss side effects can also have a net negative effect on a patient’s long-term health and relationships. This memory loss is usually short-term, affecting new memory formation instead of affecting memories already acquired in the user’s brain.
Restoril should never be quit cold turkey, as this can make thewithdrawal symptoms harder to manage and has a much larger chance of causing a relapse.
Indeed, a person who suddenly stops taking Restoril places a great burden on their brain that can cause more discomfort and an increase in insomnia.
Instead, a “tapered” method of detox offers more solid success. This involves a doctor gradually lowering the amount of Restoril consumed to allow the brain and body to adapt to the lower levels of the drug in the user’s system.
This gives your brain an opportunity to catch up to the required levels of GABA production without having to adjust to the sudden lack of help from Restoril. It is a much safer choice when deciding to detox.
There are two avenues to consider when choosing to detox: inpatient and outpatient. They each have advantages, and both are suited to different users’ needs. Your doctor may help in choosing the right treatment for you.
Inpatient treatment centers are designed to allow recovering substance users to live with medical staff at the facility for the duration of recovery. Clients have access to emotional and medical support personnel around the clock. The staff supervises clients and offers counseling and positive habit-building exercises to ensure that they end their time in rehab with the tools needed to avoid addiction in the future. This is a good choice for people who have a high chance of relapse, such as those with poor social networks or polydrug use.
The length of time one can stay in an inpatient rehab varies, with many opting for 30, 60, or 90 days of treatment. The heavier the addiction, the likelihood of a longer treatment stay. Inpatient treatment centers can help a patient drastically alter their lifestyle long-term.
Outpatient treatment centers are good for people who have good support networks or lives that cannot be broken from. They are designed to work with the person’s schedule, offering good flexibility and meeting times in the morning or evening. This allows the person to work their job or continue their other responsibilities while still receiving guidance and help from medical and mental health professionals.
The number of meetings per week can vary, but most opt to begin with between five and seven sessions per week and then decrease the number of meetings as they progress in their recovery. Outpatient rehabs tend to work well for those who cannot acquire the funds for inpatient treatment, as they are usually cheaper.
Are you struggling with an addiction to Restoril or another benzodiazepine? Have you tried to stop taking it to no avail? It doesn’t matter where, when, or how your addiction started. All that matters is choosing to take the first step on the road to recovery. You can start at any time because the best thing about recovery is that it’s never too late to begin.