Ambien Withdrawal – Drug Guide | Victory Bay Recovery Center
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Ambien Rehab

Victory Bay Drug Guide

Ambien is the brand name for the drug Zolpidem and is used as a sedative for those who have trouble sleeping. It was originally marketed as an alternative to benzodiazepines, but it can have the same hypnotic effects, so it should be taken with caution.

Ambien has become one of the most popular sleep medications in the U.S., but can easily lead to Ambien dependence. According to an estimate by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 500,000 people are currently abusing Ambien and other sedatives.

Ambien Abuse


Like benzodiazepines, Ambien affects receptor cells in the brain that bind with the chemical GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). GABA influences sleep, but Ambien can cause a variety of effects if a user takes it and stays awake. These effects include (and can lead to a need for Ambien rehab):

  • A feeling of euphoria
  • Hallucinations
  • An overall “rush”
  • Relaxation
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Motion distortion

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Dangers & Effects

Ambien addictions can form in a little as two weeks and are mainly due to the fact that once someone builds a tolerance to the drug, they’ll need more of it to continue their ability to fall asleep. This can easily lead to Ambien abuse and both short-term and long-term effects:

Short-term effects include:

  • Sleepwalking
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Impaired vision
  • Disorientation
  • Aggression
  • Diarrhea

Long-term effects include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Increased emotional numbness
  • Memory loss
  • Sleep disturbances


When a person relies on Ambien, they often don’t realize they’re addicted to it until they stop taking it and can’t sleep without it. While this is the most common withdrawal symptom for the drug, there are others that can set occur 48 hours after the last dose and lead to a need for Ambien rehab. Ambien withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Delirium
  • Panic attacks
  • Sweating

Treatment Option

Every year, millions of people are prescribed sleeping medications like Ambien. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction or abuse, contact Victory Bay today. We offer Ambien treatment programs to help you cleanse your body and get you back on track to living a healthy, addiction-free life. Our professional staff members are here to offer the medication, care, and support you need to overcome your Ambien dependence and live happily. Discover the benefits of our facility today.