Barbiturates (also known as “downers,” “blues,” “reds,” and “yellows”) are sedative-hypnotic drugs that cause anxiety-decreasing and sleep-inducing effects. While not always considered a drug of abuse, barbiturate abuse and addiction still rages on with 9% of people in the United States abusing this drug class during their lifetime. Barbiturates are considered one of the most dangerous drugs to become hooked on.
During the 1960’s and 70’s barbiturates came into favor in the medical community to treat sleep and anxiety-related disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder and insomnia. These drugs quickly became drugs of choice for people wishing to get high. There are a number of types of barbiturates, each varying in the duration of effects. While some will last for mere minutes, others can last for up to two days. Usually taken by mouth in tablet form, barbiturates can be crushed and snorted or crushed and injected directly into the muscle or veins of the body.
In the 1970’s, when a newer, safer class of anxiolytic drugs came onto the market – the benzodiazepines – the popularity of barbiturates declined dramatically. Benzodiazepines are considered to be a far safer drug than barbiturates by the medical community, as barbiturates can easily cause life-threatening side effects. The therapeutic-to-toxic window for barbiturates is eerily close, meaning that the same dose that will induce sleep is extremely close to a dose that will lead to overdose and death. In addition, people can become hooked on barbiturates with daily usage for several weeks. If these individuals do not realize the danger they’re in and attempt to withdrawal from the drug, they may succumb to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Due to the dangerous of barbiturates, it is essential that anyone who has been using and abusing barbiturates seek medical help to get off the pills. Park Royal Hospital has a wonderful inpatient treatment program for people struggling with barbiturate addiction. People who come to us addicted to barbiturates are able to safely and effectively detox from the drug without serious side effects, learning to live a life free from the manacles of addiction.
Why You Should Seek Inpatient Treatment for Barbiturate Addiction at Park Royal Hospital
Located in beautiful Fort Myers Florida, our state-of-the-art addiction center has helped countless people just like you successfully beat their addictions and restore hope into their worlds. Our compassionate care team has many years of experience in helping people overcome their addictions and we’re ready to take your hand and guide you into your sober life. Addiction can ruin your world. Let us help.
If you’re struggling with a barbiturate addiction, you may have lost relationships that once meant a great deal to you as the addiction took over your brain. You may have spent so much time obsessively thinking about, buying, and using barbiturates that everything you once held dear is gone. You may have lost your job due to poor performance and found yourself in the sinkhole of debt. You may realize that your very closest friends have abandoned you, unable to see you slide deeper into your addiction. You may feel hopeless and alone, a slave to your addiction.
You don’t have to be. Let Park Royal Hospital help you see the future in a beautiful positive light as you face your challenges one by one.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Our beautiful new treatment center is the perfect place to you begin your journey into sober living. By removing yourself from the stressors of your everyday life, you will be able to focus on the one thing that matters most – getting the help you need to overcome your addiction to barbiturates. We vow to treat you with the utmost dignity and respect as you work through your sobriety in our holistic center for healing. We see you as more than your addiction – you’re a person with needs and desires that require the specialized attention we provide all of our patients. When you’re here, we’ll spend a great deal of time getting to know you so that we’re able to best use our skills to provide treatment of the whole you – mind, body, and spirit.
Treatment Approaches for Barbiturate Addiction at Park Royal Hospital
When you come to us for care, we’ll begin our effective addiction treatment with a complete physical and medical examination. This will help us to determine how addicted your body has become to barbiturates, the medical side effects of your addiction, and the presence of any co-occurring disorders. We’ve learned that the best way to recover from addiction is through a combination of detox, medication management, and therapeutic modalities.
As barbiturate withdrawal is a very dangerous condition, you will likely begin your stay with us under the close supervision of our well-trained medical staff. Our detox program has been designed to allow you to comfortably detox from barbiturates safely and effectively. Once you have completed detox, you’ll move into the next phase of your rehab stay.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay with us to manage the symptoms of withdrawal and slowly tapered down as you develop the coping skills needed to live a life outside of pills. Other people may need to stay on long-term medication management for the treatment of other co-occurring disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. In addition to medication and detox, we also offer a number of therapeutic interventions.
Our primary mode of addiction treatment at Park Royal Hospital is group therapy. We’ve found group therapy to be a highly successful way for recovering addicts to work together through the issues surrounding their addiction, learn new coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention. We offer both process-based and psycho-educational groups for our patients to allow time for bonding, learning about addiction and co-occurring disorders, and support.
Individual therapy may be used for those times when you have something to talk about that you don’t feel comfortable sharing in group. You may discuss the roots of your addiction, the problems it has caused you, and ways to continue your sobriety after you leave our doors.
Addiction is a family disease and as such, it has impacted everyone you love most. We’ll help you work with your family in family therapy sessions in order to best allow you to express your feelings about addiction while hearing the ways your addiction has affected your loved ones. We’ll also spend time with your loved ones to educate them about addiction, coping skills, and recovery.
In addition to these therapeutic methods, we also offer a number of experiential therapies to help you along your healing journey. These therapies may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Structured activities
- Leisure time
- Recreational programs
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
When your time with us comes to an end, you’ll work very closely with our incredible discharge team, who have been working with you since you came to us. Together you’ll create an aftercare plan that meets all of your therapeutic needs to ensure that you have complete continuity of care.
Some people feel comfortable leaving us for a similarly structured environment such as that found in a residential treatment center. Others will find that they benefit from our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to provide for continuing addiction care. Still others will find that they’d like to discharge back into a stable environment within their community and focus upon their treatment on an outpatient basis. In the event that you are discharging to home, we will provide you with referrals to outpatient therapists who specialize in addiction as well as connect you with local community resources such as A.A. and N.A. to allow for continued recovery.