Zimovane (zopiclone) is a sedative used to treat insomnia. Taking a sleeping pill may seem like a good idea if you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep night after night, but sleeping pills can often make matters worse.
Zimovane is known as a “Z-drug.” First developed in the 1980s, Z-drugs were intended as a safe alternative to benzodiazepines (“benzos” such as Valium and Xanax). The thinking was that this class of drugs—called hypnotics— would not have the same addiction potential or withdrawal symptoms as benzos. But Zimovane withdrawal can be just as uncomfortable and challenging as withdrawing from benzos.
Zimovane withdrawal symptoms may include:
Not surprisingly, early symptoms of Zimovane withdrawal are similar to those of other Z-drugs and benzodiazepines. These symptoms may include:
It may take months or years for longer-term symptoms of Zimovane withdrawal to go away. These symptoms may include:
Quitting drugs cold turkey can be extremely challenging. It can also be painful, and, in some cases, dangerous.
The physical withdrawal symptoms are very difficult . This makes withdrawing on your own without professional medical help very challenging, and it’s why it’s so important to find a medically assisted detox program to support you during Zimovane withdrawal. A professional detox program will ensure that you are carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body undergoes a detoxification process that helps eliminate the physical need for the drug.
An addiction treatment program also gives you a better chance at lasting recovery because of the structured medical and emotional support provided.
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To ensure your best chances for a successful recovery, it’s a good idea to follow a full continuum of treatment, which provides you with comprehensive care.
With a full continuum treatment program, you start with the medical detox process. Then you progress in careful stages from an inpatient status to an outpatient level of treatment. After the formal treatment program is completed, you will then have the opportunity to participate in an alumni aftercare program:
The first stage of Zimovane withdrawal treatment is detox. Your main goal at this stage is medical stabilization. The detox stage will usually last from a few days up to a week.
First, you will receive a complete medical assessment to determine your level of addiction and any additional medical needs you may have. You will complete a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs. Then your doctor will determine your detox plan.
A medical team of doctors, nurses, and support staff will monitor you during the detox stage 24/7. They will help you to manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent dangerous sedative withdrawal symptoms.
It’s normal for people to also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges during detox. As you begin addiction therapy, you will receive emotional support as you begin your treatment plan. After you are medically stabilized, you will be given a longer-term treatment plan.
Your doctor may recommend that you continue with the next stage of treatment on an inpatient basis if you need further medical treatment, possibly for co-occurring medical conditions or further post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS).
While you’re an inpatient, you will stay at a residential facility so that you can focus on your recovery. This is an intensive level of treatment that includes 24/7 medical monitoring.
During this stage, you will also start seeing a therapist regularly.
If you don’t have co-occurring conditions or multiple addictions, you will likely move into a partial-hospitalization program (PHP) after completing detox. PHP blends aspects of inpatient care and outpatient treatment.
The goal of PHP is to better prepare you for success once you return to living independently. You’ll stay at a transitional living facility while you undergo a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program five days a week for six hours each day.
During PHP, you can participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs.
The focus at this time will be on learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention techniques to help you have a successful long-term recovery.
After PHP, you will enter an intensive outpatient (IOP) program. This stage of treatment allows you to live at home while continuing with counseling sessions and other programs to help support your recovery process.
During IOP, you will attend about nine or more hours of clinical therapy several times each week to help you continue to learn ways to manage and cope with cravings, stress, and other issues you may encounter as you continue adjusting to a substance-free life outside the treatment center.
After you have completed the formal treatment program, you will enter the aftercare phase of treatment. At this point, you will have the opportunity to meet other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events. These aftercare opportunities to meet other alumni can help you to develop new friendships. Plus, you can find social support from others who also have firsthand experience with the recovery process.
This new support network can help you grow as you focus on your recovery and continue to adjust to life after the treatment program. It can also be a great way to share relapse prevention strategies, new experiences, stress management techniques. Maybe best of all, it can be a way to relax and enjoy spending time with new friends.
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