Sedatives are a type of prescription medication that produce calming effects. These central nervous system (CNS) depressants are used to promote sleep and relaxation. Therefore, they are commonly prescribed to treat people who suffer from issues with sleep and anxiety. Examples of sedatives include barbiturates and benzodiazepines.

The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system. When sedatives are used, the brain signals the heart rate and breathing to slow down. This can be dangerous, as a person who abuses CNS depressants can lose consciousness, slip into a coma, and possibly die. Despite the dangers associated with these drugs, sedatives are still regularly prescribed and abused medications. If you or a loved one struggle with a sedative addiction, please call Restore Drug Treatment LA at 855-636-5785 to speak with one of our specialists.

What are the Most Commonly Abused Sedatives?


  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • KlonopinSedative abuse
  • Halcion
  • Librium
  • Ambien


  • Secobarbital (Seconal)
  • Amobarbital (Amytal)
  • Butalbital (Fiorinal, Fioricet)
  • Pentobarbital (Nembutal)
  • Amobarbital (Amytal)
  • Phenobarbital (Lunial)
  • Methohexital (Brevital)

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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Sedative Addiction?

Many people fall victim to sedative abuse because they come to crave the relaxing sensations produced by these drugs. They may double their dosage without considering the consequences in order to intensify these feelings. Unfortunately, this increases one’s tolerance, and oftentimes leads to a severe drug dependence.

Symptoms of Sedative Addiction

  • Drowsiness
  • Decrease in balance
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Sedation
  • Lethargy
  • Shallow breathing
  • Decreased motor skills
  • Memory lapses
  • Loss of concentration
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of appetite

A person who is abusing sedatives will appear dazed or drowsy. They may slur their speech and have a difficult time concentrating. Someone with a sedative dependence will also go to great lengths to acquire the substance once they run out. Examples of this may include seeing multiple doctors in order to obtain more medication, stealing prescriptions from others, and purchasing drugs illegally. Because sedatives are known to lower inhibitions, it is not uncommon for addicts to have run-ins with the law. These are only some of the many signs of a potential sedative addiction.

Signs of Sedative Addiction

  • Intermittent anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Mental confusion
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Neglecting one’s hygiene
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Poor judgement
  • Lying, stealing, cheating

Addiction Treatment for Sedative Abuse and Addiction

The first step to sobriety is admitting that you have a problem. Oftentimes, drug intervention services will be necessary for an addict to agree to make a change. Once an addict accepts help, they must first submit to a detoxification program. Detox is the process of removing the addictive substance from the body. Because sedative withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, and in severe cases, fatal, it is recommended that addicts undergo medical detox in a rehab facility that offers around-the-clock professional, medical support. Restore Drug Detox LA specializes in successfully aiding addicts through the course of withdrawal, so that clients can smoothly transition to rehabilitation treatment once the detox phase is complete.

At Restore Drug Rehab LA, our treatment programs are customized to meet the unique needs of each client in recovery. Traditional programs, combined with alternative treatment methods, gives clients of Restore Drug Treatment the confidence to take their lives back from addiction and plan for the future ahead.

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