Barbiturates are medication introduced over a hundred years ago. They were popular recreational drugs for a time. People who used them found anxiety and worry went away, along with their fear. While barbiturates are not prescribed as much now, they are still subject to abuse and misuse. Find out why people use these drugs, how they are used, and how to help people with addiction navigate recovery.
The drug is designed as a central nervous system depressant that produces many effects on the body. This includes sedation, along with possible coma. They treat anxiety, seizure disorder, and other issues. They may be available in various forms but some people prefer to crush or turn them into liquid, which can change the properties and how they are received in the body. Like benzos, barbiturates slow the body’s central nervous system down. It reduces heart rate, slows breathing, and induces drowsiness. Some are short-acting, while others are intermediate-acting, but they all have power to make something happen to the body that is not natural.
Many reasons exist why abuse of these drugs occurs. Some of it is for euphoria. Other reasons may include relaxation and sense of well-being. Excessive use may be habit-forming. There is a risk of overdose with this drug because people often take it other than prescribed when they are addicted. This increases the risk and puts them in a bad situation physically and mentally. People often use drugs to cover up other things like trauma, PTSD, anxiety, stress, and depression, among other issues. The key is to figure out why the person is taking the drugs, get them into detox, and further support their recovery.
Signs of Addiction
When people become hooked on barbiturates, there are signs to look for that may appear. Some people may appear talkative and uninhibited. People who have used for a long time may withdraw from using medication gradually and quit the drugs cold turkey. Withdrawal symptoms will start, which include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and other similar issues.
When a loved one has addiction, it can feel heavy to try and sort through the emotions and logistics of how to help. Medical attention is usually the primary goal, with the person being admitted to rehab a big, necessary, first step. They may be unwilling to go, but sometimes an interventionist is successful in helping plan and execute the opportunity for them to attend rehab. The first step is evaluation of their condition, mental health disorders, and other co-occurring issues that may be present. A treatment program that addresses these conditions is recommended for people with dual diagnosis to give them a chance at recovery. The goal is to help them detox, recover, and sor through their issues in a safe environment. Once they do this for a period of time (30-90 days), they can look to do sober living environments, outpatient work, or recovery groups to support their journey of healing. It takes a long time to get drugs out of the system but, with support, healing is possible.
The Last Resort works with people who have addictions of all kinds, including barbiturates. It is hard to do it alone, which is why we provide a safe space to recover and heal. Our goal is to provide space to work through the hard issues to find meaning and purpose in the midst of despair from addiction. We can help you land in a safe place until you are ready to go into the world again. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.