Today, millions of adults in the United States struggle with insomnia and other sleep-related disorders. For many years, the most popular method of combating the symptoms of insomnia was prescribing benzodiazepines like Xanax. However, it was soon apparent that benzo use came with a high risk of abuse and potential addiction.
Soon after, doctors switched to prescribing non-benzo sleep aids known as “Z-drugs” that were meant to provide similar effects with a much lower risk of addiction and abuse.
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However, an unfortunate effect of how Z-drugs have been marketed as the safe alternative is that people are more likely to misuse and abuse them without realizing the possible consequences, including addiction.
In fact, certain Z-drugs, such as Zimovane, have been found to potentially be even more addictive than benzodiazepines, causing dependence in just a couple of weeks of use.
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How Does Zimovane Work?
Despite not being a benzodiazepine, Zimovane works in essentially the same way, flooding the brain with an excess of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that is responsible for calming the nervous system by inhibiting nerve impulses that carry feelings of anxiety and stress.
Zimovane binds to the brain’s GABA receptors and stimulates them into overproduction to create extremely strong feelings of sedation.
The major difference between Zimovane and benzos like Klonopin is that Zimovane, like other Z-drugs, binds more selectively, specifically going after the GABA receptors that induce sleep.
What Are the Signs of Zimovane Addiction?
More often than not, people are going to be more likely to misuse and abuse sleeping pills rather than other, stronger prescription medications like Xanax, Klonopin, or other benzodiazepines. This is because Z-drugs like Zimovane are seen as safer and less likely to have adverse health consequences.
As previously mentioned, while Zimovane is a nonbenzodiazepine sleep aid, it functions extremely similarly to benzodiazepines and carries many of the same health risks. But since it is a Z-drug, people are more likely to miss the signs of Zimovane abuse and growing addiction, even if they themselves are the ones experiencing it.
But being able to spot the signs of Zimovane addiction is critical to being able to get help before it has progressed to the point where someone is in danger of experiencing serious negative health issues or potentially overdosing.
If someone has a prescription for Zimovane and has been regularly using it, the signs of abuse or addiction can sometimes be difficult to notice unless you’re looking for it.
However, there are side effects associated with long-term Zimovane abuse that are noticeably outside of normal behavior, including:
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- Impaired coordination
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chronic drowsiness
- Decreased sex drive
Once someone starts using Zimovane outside of its prescribed usage, it will not take long for the person to become dependent on it and quickly progress to addiction. As this happens, they will typically begin to display abnormal behavior associated with substance use disorders as Zimovane becomes the focus of their life and the motivating factor behind the majority of their decisions.
As getting and using Zimovane in spite of whatever consequences someone is experiencing because of it becomes their top priority, some of the behaviors that may appear include:
- Feeling withdrawal symptoms
- Increased tolerance to Zimovane’s effects
- Using Zimovane more often, for longer, or in larger doses
- Taking Zimovane in unintended ways
- Feeling unable to perform daily tasks without Zimovane
- “Doctor-shopping” for multiple Zimovane prescriptions
- Forging prescriptions for Zimovane or using without one
- Trying to justify or rationalize using Zimovane
- Being unable to stop using Zimovane after multiple attempts
- Hiding or lying about Zimovane use
- Missing money or valuables to pay for Zimovane
If you have seen these signs of Zimovane addiction in a loved one or observed them in your own behaviors, do not wait to seek out help at a professional addiction treatment center, especially if you are going to attempt to detox, as this can be extremely dangerous to do on your own.
What Is Involved in Zimovane Addiction Treatment?
Effective addiction treatment will usually require medical detoxification to flush the substance of abuse out of your system to achieve sobriety as well as avoid any more physical or mental damage that may already have been caused by substance abuse.
Detox is especially important when it comes to Zimovane. Although it is classified as a nonbenzodiazepine Z-drug, its withdrawal symptoms mirror those of benzos and can include hallucinations, total psychosis, delirium, and catatonia, as well as other extreme symptoms that are usually associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome can cause symptoms atypical to Z-drug withdrawal to manifest, including intense, debilitating panic attacks, severe insomnia to the point of going days without sleeping, and seizures although these are not as common.
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Trying to get through a Zimovane detox on your own is a recipe for disaster, with the most likely outcomes being relapsing before completing detox or suffering serious, potentially deadly complications.
Detoxing under the care of an experienced medical team at a detox treatment center means avoiding relapse, greatly minimizing the chances of complications from withdrawal symptoms, and being able to detox with the least amount of discomfort possible.
A medical detox professional can provide medications to help ease symptoms like insomnia, nausea, and anxiety, as well as cravings. There’s no reason to put yourself in danger by trying to detox at home.
Once you have completed detox, the next step in Zimovane addiction treatment is entering into an addiction recovery treatment program. Detox will get you sober but to stay that way, a minimum of 30 days of treatment is strongly recommended.
Whether you opt for outpatient or inpatient treatment, an addiction rehabilitation program can help you to better learn how to manage your addiction by understanding the issues behind it and gaining the necessary tools and coping skills to maintain long-term sobriety.
How Dangerous Is Zimovane?
As previously mentioned, one of the biggest dangers in becoming addicted to Zimovane is how dangerous the withdrawal symptoms associated with it can be. Zimovane is frequently mixed with depressants like alcohol and other benzodiazepines, which creates a significantly increased risk of overdose.
If not treated soon after, a Zimovane overdose could prove to be fatal due to coma and major organ shutdown as a result of a respiratory failure caused by a lack of oxygen in the body.
Zimovane Abuse Statistics
- According to a French study on the effects of sedative use, Zimovane was found to increase the risk of car accidents by 50%.
- The majority of Zimovane-related deaths involve polysubstance use.
- Regular hypnotic use has been found to increase a person’s likelihood of dying at night by about 15%.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with a Zimovane addiction, don’t try to deal with it alone, especially not when dangerous withdrawal symptoms like delirium tremens (DTs) are involved. Instead, let Pathway at Hope get you started on the path toward a brighter, drug-free tomorrow.
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