With more than 70 million Americans struggling with about 80 sleep disorders, prescription sleep aids are prevalent. Zimovane, or zopiclone, is one of a variety of mild hypnotic sleep aids that treat sleep problems.
It’s part of a class of drugs called “nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics,” which are often called Z-drugs. Such Z-drugs, including Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata, are prescribed for those who:
Though quite helpful for those who have sleep problems, Z-drugs have their downsides as well. They’ve been found to be addictive and run the risk of overdose.
As with any Z-drug, Zimovane is a drug in which one can become addicted. Though it is not a benzodiazepine, it does function similarly. Users may not think they can become addicted to it, but the truth is that the body can become dependent on the drug in less than two weeks. One sign of addiction is when you need more of the drug to get the same effect or increased tolerance. It’s not that those who become addicted intended to become dependent on the drug, but sometimes it happens before they know it, and then have trouble getting off of it.
When a person becomes dependent on a drug, they’ll usually experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it. Some of these symptoms can be uncomfortable, and some are downright dangerous. Thus, a medical detox is always recommended to come off Zimovane, where medical supervision can occur with a tapering of the drug over time. This medical monitoring can help the person in various ways when trying to cut Zimovane from their lives.
The following are common Zimovane withdrawal symptoms:
Getting through the range of Zimovane withdrawal symptoms takes around three weeks on average. Of course, the time frame and intensity of symptoms can vary for each person depending on various factors, such as:
One person may be able to get through the withdrawal symptoms without any significant issues. This mainly occurs for those who are mildly addicted. However, for those that are heavily addicted, the intensity and duration of withdrawal symptoms can be much more challenging to get through.
The following are the stages of Zimovane withdrawal timeline:
Usually within about 24 hours of the last dose, some withdrawal symptoms may surface, like trouble remembering something, increased anxiety, mood changes, sweating, and confusion. This acute stage is where more intense symptoms will be felt but can vary depending on factors like dosage, frequency, length of time on the drug, and taper schedule.
By week 2, some of the symptoms will have dissipated, while others may remain for another week or so. Lingering symptoms include more emotional and psychological symptoms like depression, cravings, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Those that find that symptoms persist or are continuing to struggle intensely ought to seek continued help from a substance abuse professional.
Allowing the body to detox from Zimovane slowly is the safest way to begin overcoming addiction to the drug. Stopping Zimovane, or any hypnotic sleep aid, cold turkey or abruptly is very uncomfortable and even dangerous. This is why trying to stop taking the drug at home by yourself is not recommended. By tapering off the medicine over time, the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms is much more manageable.
Detoxing from Zimovane is the first step toward getting free from the dependence on the drug. This is the time frame where the person’s body rids itself from the toxins associated with the drug and can take several weeks.
Along with detoxing from the drug, continued treatment is recommended at either an inpatient or outpatient treatment center for the strong support system available. This allows for strict monitoring for withdrawal symptoms, a safe taper schedule, individual and group counseling, family counseling, relapse prevention, and learning alternative methods for better sleep.
An inpatient treatment center is where a person resides at the facility to receive treatment, usually between 30 and 90 days depending on the patient’s needs. Longer treatment is available should the person desire or need. Around-the-clock monitoring will occur by medical and psychiatric professionals, which can bring a patient a sense of safety and security while detoxing and receiving treatment. This type of therapy works well for those who are heavily addicted.
An outpatient center is where a person lives at home and attends a treatment facility a certain number of sessions per week. The number of sessions can range from three to seven per week, decreasing the number as the person makes progress in their recovery. This type of treatment works well for those that are not able to leave home full-time for treatment or those that have been mildly addicted to the drug.
Successful Zimovane addiction recovery treatment involves a full continuum of care and support. By attending a treatment center, treatment needs can be tailored for each person, addressing the addiction, as well as any other issues that might be under the surface, like anxiety, depression, or some sort of mental health disorder. Once formal treatment is over, an aftercare plan will be implemented, where the individual can continue in the community with supportive resources that foster continued success.
If you or a loved one are addicted to Zimovane or another sleep aid, know that help is available. If you’re worried about sleep issues, understand that this is something you can discuss with a physician while going through treatment. There are alternative methods of working on sleep issues.
Take the first step toward recovery today by giving us a call and speaking with our professionally trained staff members. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Admitting an addiction may not be easy, but it’s worth it when you can effectively get free from that addiction.
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