Zolpidem is a non-benzodiazepine “z-drug”, also called a sedative-hypnotic, that has the same medical effect as benzodiazepines with less dangerous addiction risk.
Common immediate-release forms for zolpidem include Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist, Intermezzo.
What is Zolpidem (Ambien) prescribed for?
Doctors commonly prescribe Zolpidem to treat insomnia and other sleep problems in the short term. Zolpidem-based medication like Ambien bind to neuroreceptors that slow brain activity, inducing sleep and relaxation.
Ambien is marketed as a safer, less habit-forming alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia. It has fewer side effects than regular benzodiazepines and interferes less with the sleep cycle.
It is recommended for use for up to two weeks. After that, it can lead to physical dependency. For example, if, when taken, the drug causes feelings of euphoria and energy, this means tolerance has settled and may soon lead to addiction.
Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist Rehab Treatment
Detoxification from Zolpidem
Zolpidem withdrawal manifests through stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, tremors, dizziness, difficulty sleeping. One very harmful Ambien side-effect is the slowing of a user’s breathing and/or heart rate to the point of failure, which may be fatal.
A medically assisted zolpidem (Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist, Intermezzo) detox is highly recommended in order to prevent complications and help the user’s body gradually readjust to life without zolpidem in a comfortable way.
At Castle Craig Rehab Clinic, each patient is personally assessed by our Consultant Psychiatrist, who prescribes a zolpidem (Ambien) detox programme that suits the patient’s medical and drug use history.
Zolpidem (Ambien) detox involves ongoing medical supervision. We provide 24/7 medically monitored detox. The patient’s vital signs and zolpidem withdrawal symptoms are continually checked by our inpatient nursing staff.
To ensure each patient’s physical comfort during zolpidem/Ambien/Edluar detox, the doctors might choose to taper the zolpidem dose slowly and gradually, based on each patient’s continual assessment, until complete abstinence is achieved. Other medication may be used to help ease the zolpidem/Ambien/Edluar withdrawal symptoms.
Zolpidem detox may last a long time, depending on how much, how frequently and for how long Zolpidem/Ambien/Edluar had been abused, and whether the patient has been taking any other drugs.
Rehab Treatment for Zolpidem (Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist) Addiction
The patient continues therapy treatment in our inpatient rehab programme. Residential rehab helps patients learn skills to manage future temptations and recognise the psychological root causes that led to their Zolpidem/Ambien addiction.
At Castle Craig Rehab we offer a daily structure of individual counselling and group therapy. Each patient has their own individual treatment plan that addresses their specific medical history and therapeutic needs. This is particularly important during the early stage of Zolpidem/Ambien abuse recovery.
An integrated combination of complementary therapies, educational lectures and relapse prevention seminars, alongside healthy, regular meals and exercise will help the patient regain their well-being. During specialist therapy groups, they will be encouraged to address any underlying problems, co-occurring disorders like trauma, eating disorders, depression.
Since poor sleep and insomnia is an important relapse factor in Zolpidem/Ambien addiction, we will teach techniques for healthy sleep hygiene and ways to improve the quantity and quality of sleep without using drugs. Mindfulness therapy and relaxation therapy sessions will help with this.
Castle Craig’s comprehensive care is designed to support the patient before, during and after treatment into recovery and beyond. During Zolpidem (Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist) addiction treatment at Castle Craig, patients are also introduced to 12-step support groups, which will be a valuable resource throughout their aftercare.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 10, 2021