Restoril (Temazepam) Abuse Help

Restoril is a sedative hypnotic drug used around the world to treat insomnia. While many people are able to achieve a restful night of sleep with the help of this drug, others abuse the drug for the euphoric feelings it gives them. Abuse can lead to dependence, addiction, and health problems. Fortunately, treatment programs are available to help people in Orlando recover from this dangerous and destructive habit.

Restoril’s Place in Medicine

Restoril is a popular brand name for the drug more generally known as temazepam. It belongs to a group of pharmacologically similar drugs called benzodiazepines. Like other benzos (as benzodiazepines are sometimes called for short), it bonds with GABA receptors in the brain and makes the neurons less likely to fire. Depending on which varieties of GABA receptors they bond to most strongly and for how long, different benzodiazepines create different effects on different people. In the 1960’s, doctors found Restoril to be especially useful for helping people sleep who had been suffering from insomnia. Doctors have been prescribing it as a sleep aid to Orlando residents ever since.

Abuse of Restoril

Benzodiazepines have a significant potential for addiction and are widely abused. While euphoric feelings are an uncommon side-effect when benzos, particularly Restoril, are used at therapeutic doses directed by doctors, dramatically higher doses can create a strong and long-lasting high. In order to get more of the drug into the system more quickly, some abusers in Orlando crush tablets and snort the powder into the nose or create a solution that is injected intravenously.

Continued use of Restoril creates a tolerance to the drug’s effect. More and more of the drug has to be used to get the same effect as before. Eventually, Restoril or another benzo is needed in order to simply feel normal and continue to function. For this reason and others, Orlando residents may find that doctors rarely prescribe Restoril for longer than four weeks of continual use.

Help for Restoril Abuse

As the abuse of Restoril and other benzodiazepines has increased, facilities with the experience and expertise in treating benzodiazepine addiction have grown as well. Family doctors and counselors can help Orlando residents find a good treatment program. Intervention counselors help people convince friends addicted to Restoril to get help.

For recovery to be successful, treatment may help the addict address some issues beyond Restoril itself. For instance, many Orlando residents use a variety of benzodiazepines to suit their moods or preferences and adapt to fluctuations in availability. A psychological dependence on pills may need to be addressed. Also, any co-occurring mental disorders, which may be prompting self-medication, would have to be detected and treated.

Getting Help for Restoril Abuse

The best time to get help for Restoril abuse is today. If you or a friend in Orlando is abusing Restoril, call our 24 hour helpline to learn more about what treatment options are available. The call is toll free.