Are You or a Loved One Addicted to Sedatives?

Sedatives typically have valid uses, and each type is used to treat different physical and mental health issues. The first type, Benzodiazepines, are often used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Barbiturates, the second type, are prescribed to treat seizures and used for anesthesia during surgery. Benzodiazepines are considered to be much safer than barbiturates, but they can cause over-sedation, impaired memory, confusion and impaired motor skills. Barbiturate abuse can be dangerous because there is a small difference between the proper dose and an overdose.

Do I Have a Sedative Addiction?

Sedative-hypnotic drugs, commonly referred to as depressants, slow down the activity of your brain. Regular use of sedatives can lead to your body building a tolerance, which means that your body needs more of the drug to get the same result. This can lead to dependence, which results in withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not taken. Tolerance and dependence can eventually lead to a sedative addiction.



Sedative psychological symptoms may include:

  • An overwhelming need or craving for the drug
  • More frequent or higher doses to achieve the desired effects
  • Unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using the drug
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use the drug (indicates a physical dependence)
  • Continuing to take the drug despite negative drug-related psychological, physical or interpersonal problems

Sedative physical symptoms may include:

  • Slowed speech
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired motor function
  • Dizziness
  • Poor control over your actions
  • Unusual risk-taking behaviors


Get on the Road to Recovery

Crossroads in Naples, FL, is a state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment center that provides a variety of treatment programs for individuals that are addicted to sedatives. At Crossroads, we take a holistic and individualized approach, offering a unique blend of treatment that is customized to fit your needs and your schedule.

If you are looking to heal from an addiction, we encourage you to seek professional help. Our sedative addiction treatment services will empower you to make a profound and lasting change in your life. Contact Crossroads in Naples, FL, to get the help you deserve today. Reach out to Crossroads 24 hours a day by calling toll-free 844-223-8727.

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