Non Benzodiazepine Sedatives are the most common medication prescribed to treat sleep problems, especially chronic insomnia. Nonbenzodiazepines interact with benzodiazepine-like receptors, but are structurally different from benzodiazepines. They bond to Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) receptors which leads to slowing down brain activity, inducing relaxation, euphoria and promoting sleep.
However, Non Benzodiazepine Sedatives like Zaleplon (Sonata), Eszopiclone (Lunesta) or Zolpidem (Ambien) have a high potential for addiction if used long-term, abused outside a doctor’s prescription or in combination with other drugs and alcohol.
For more specific information on different non-benzodiazepine drugs and our residential non-benzodiazepine addiction treatment programme please access the links below:
Castle Craig treats addiction to prescription medication such as non-benzodiazepine sedatives and hypnotics. We offer each patient a personalised treatment plan, based on their needs, medical and drug use history. Each individualised treatment plan is made up of consultant psychiatrist care, detox, specialist addiction psychotherapy, complementary therapies, educational lectures, diet and exercise, as well as 12-step support groups.
Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked January 28, 2022