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Treating Addiction to CNS Depressants

Misuse of CNS depressants can lead to addiction. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of research on treatment of addiction to sedatives and tranquilizers.

Misuse of CNS depressants can lead to addiction. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of research on treatment of addiction to sedatives and tranquilizers.

Patients addicted to barbiturates and benzodiazepines should not attempt to stop taking them on their own. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can be problematic, and in the case of certain CNS depressants- potentially life-threatening.

Although no research regarding the treatment of barbiturate and benzodiazepine addiction exists, addicted patients should undergo medically supervised detoxification because the treatment dose must be gradually tapered. Inpatient or outpatient counseling can help the individual during this process.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on modifying the patient's thinking, expectations, and behaviors, while at the same time increasing skills for coping with various life stressors, also has been used successfully to help individuals adapt to the discontinuation of benzodiazepines.

Often barbiturate and benzodiazepine abuse occur in conjunction with the abuse of another substance or drug, such as alcohol or cocaine. In these cases of polydrug abuse, the treatment approach must address the multiple addictions.

Source:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction.


 

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APA Reference
Gluck, S. (2008, December 26). Treating Addiction to CNS Depressants, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 22 from https://www.healthyplace.com/addictions/prescription-drugs/treating-addiction-to-cns-depressants

Last Updated: April 25, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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