Is someone you love suffering sedative drug abuse? Millions of people all over the U.S. struggle with addiction to prescription drugs: Sedatives make up a growing category. With prompt, caring assistance from medical experts, a full recovery is possible.

Types of Sedatives Commonly Abused

Xanax abuse and Valium drug abuse are the most common forms of the disorder. However, more than a dozen sedatives are considered drugs of abuse:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol)
  • Chloral hydrate (Somnote)
  • Clorazepate (Tranxene)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Flurazepam (Dalmane)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Midazolam (Versed)
  • Nitrazepam (Mogadon)
  • Oxazepam (Serax)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Estazolam (Prosom)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)

Street Names: What Teens are Calling Them

Teens engaging in tranquilizer drug abuse may adopt slang to mislead family and friends. They may refer to barbs, downers, reds, candy, yellow jackets, tooties, sleeping pills, red birds, phennies, tranks, golf balls, green dragons, ludes or even M&Ms.

How Tranquilizers and Sedatives Are Being Abused

Sedatives slow the functioning of the brain and nerves. This leads to a high characterized by relaxation and euphoria. Misusing sedatives is dangerous, and dependency sets in fast. It’s important to recognize sedative abuse symptoms.

Teens often don’t plan on drug addiction when they start misusing medication. Many teens receive prescription drugs from friends and expect to use them once or twice, perhaps to help fall asleep at a time of high stress.

Unfortunately, chemical dependency happens quickly. In one common scenario, it becomes hard to fall asleep without drugs. Teens may continue getting drugs from someone with a prescription or steal them from family members.

Teens often take the medication “as-is,” but even more dangerous methods can be used. If mixed with alcohol or other drugs, sedatives can cause coma and death. Crushing and “snorting” some pills can be instantly fatal.

Warning Signs of Sedative Abuse

Sedative abusers often sleep late. They may be lethargic during the day with difficulty concentrating or remembering things. They can become withdrawn and lose interest in hobbies – not only because of the drug, but to avoid getting caught. Rarely, sufferers with insomnia or other sleep disturbances might seem to improve for no obvious reason.

Treatment and Addiction Help

Sedative abuse help should take place in a compassionate environment supervised by medical experts. A complete care plan includes help withdrawing from drugs, minimizing risk factors and building the resilience to pursue a drug-free future.

To learn more, contact Anthony Louis Center Addiction Treatment Center.