Halcion is the brand name of a drug known as triazolam. It is generally prescribed for serious sleep disorders because of its tranquilizing effects. When used correctly, Halcion is an effective sleep medication that can help someone fall asleep or stay asleep. When used incorrectly however, the risks of addiction are quite severe.
Addiction can affect anyone. Someone who is prescribed Halcion for a sleep disorder can mistakenly take too much. There are a couple of ways they may accomplish this without realizing the negative impact it can have on their overall health. For instance, they might shorten the time between doses, or they may double their dose if they feel the drug is not working correctly. Other individuals may choose to use drugs like Halcion for recreational purposes. Regardless of whether someone deliberately chooses to abuse Halcion or they don’t realize they are abusing their prescription, the end result might be addiction.
Halcion Rehab Begins With Detox
The drug Halcion is a benzodiazepine. These types of drugs are different than some others because they pose a serious risk during the detox process. Some drugs like cocaine have very few physical withdrawal symptoms, but Halcion is in a class of drugs known as central nervous system depressants. When someone has developed a serious tolerance to these types of drugs, which include alcohol, they may suffer severe withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, heart palpitations, seizures, intense anxiety, and nervousness. The experts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse have stated that individuals who suffer from Halcion addiction, along with any other severe addiction to CNS depressants, should consult a medical professional before they stop taking the drugs completely.
When you or someone you know needs Halcion rehab, be sure to select a facility that has the experience and staffing to help with medically assisted detox. It may be necessary to reduce the dosage more slowly rather than simply stopping use of the drugs all at once. Once the detox period has ended, the bulk of the treatment program can begin.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Halcion Rehab
There are two main types of rehab for drug addiction. One can choose an inpatient setting where they will live full time. These types of facilities range from very sterile, like a hospital, to beautiful homes that are more similar to a resort-type atmosphere. The facilities that are set up more like beautiful homes are known as residential treatment centers. While staying at a residential treatment center, one can expect to receive evidence-based treatments, and perhaps complementary and alternative modalities such as yoga or other methods that utilize the mind-body-spirit connection.
The individual will live at the facility for a length of time that is determined by the treatment required. Some individuals will stay for a shorter time than others. There is no set time frame, or treatment program, that is right for everyone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one of the most important aspects of an effective treatment program is to make certain that the program meets the individual, unique needs of each person seeking treatment.
An outpatient program for the treatment of Halcion addiction is similar to an inpatient program with one important difference. An outpatient treatment program requires that the person seeking treatment live on their own or with their family. This is beneficial for certain individuals depending upon their particular needs.
- A single parent who is the sole provider of care for young children may have nobody to care for their children while they are away.
- An individual who is the sole financial support for their family may need to keep working.
- An insurance plan may require outpatient treatment before it will approve inpatient care.
- The support of family and friends can provide reinforcement during rehab.
- An individual may be able to meet court-ordered commitments while in treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Rehab
The word cognitive, by definition, means to think. It is our cognitive abilities that allow us to learn and grow as human beings. Behavior, on the other hand, refers to how we act. Our behaviors are very linked to how we think and see the world around us. For instance, when we see a traffic light turn red, we stop the car before entering an intersection. When the light turns green, we proceed through an intersection. These are learned behaviors. Even if we’ve never been in a car accident, our thought process tells us that proceeding against the light is dangerous and can cause harm to us or someone in another car.
Sometimes, our learned behaviors don’t make sense. For instance, if an individual has learned — correctly or incorrectly — that they are not lovable, they may turn to drugs or alcohol to ease the pain they experience every day. That same individual may have learned through their own family history that drugs or alcohol are a reasonable cure for the stress of everyday life. This is kind of destructive thought process of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works to its correct.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy addresses new and better ways to think realistically about the world around us and gives us better skills and behaviors to call upon when times are tough. According to the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, this type of therapy provides one of the quickest ways to get results because most programs are limited to about 16 weeks. When compared to old styles of psychotherapy, such as talk psychotherapy which can take years to obtain results, CBT is more of a partnership between the counselor and the patient as they work together to create real, practical solutions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of Halcion addiction might address the problems that an individual has had as they relate directly to the drug use. This type of therapy might include learning skills that a person can call on when they face situations where drug use may be an issue in their later lives. Another benefit of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the ability for a person to choose — on a conscious level — how they’re going to feel and react to the world around them.
Support After Treatment Ends Can Increase Success Rates
While it is not possible to say exactly how long one individual will remain in treatment – regardless of whether the treatment is inpatient or outpatient – it is important that the individual receives support after the active treatment phase has ended. This support may come from family and friends, but most importantly, it can come from other individuals who have been through the same struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. An effective treatment program will have in place an alumni program that offers this kind of support. The benefits of a good support network have been shown to be important in various studies. One such study, as related by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that regular participation in some kind of support group that operates on the basis of mutual assistance is directly related to how successful a person will be in maintaining their sobriety. These meetings may include:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Church or social organizations
- Secular support group meetings
- Support from fellow graduates of your treatment program
How to Help a Loved One Seek Treatment
For a long time, it was widely believed that an individual had to hit “rock bottom” before they would be in a position to get the help they need to recover. Rock bottom means different things to different people. For one man, rock bottom might be losing his job. For another, rock bottom may refer to losing his family. Each individual has something in their life that they do not want to lose. As research into drug and alcohol addiction has progressed, a more recent belief system has developed when it comes to seeking voluntary treatment. Rather than waiting for an individual to lose everything they’ve worked for, it is possible to present a picture to them of what they have to lose.
Known as an intervention, this process brings an entire family together to confront the individual about their drug use. The objective of an intervention is not to cut the person out of your life. The main purpose is to show them how much you love them and to express that they need to get help. If they choose to get help, it is best to have if the facility ready to take them so they have less time to change their mind. As much as they may want to get help, addiction is a serious illness that can affect how a person thinks to the point that they may feel as though they have no other choice but to use drugs.
If they choose not to get help, it is important that you follow through with the consequences you have set up for them. If you have any questions or concerns about how to plan an intervention, please remember that we are here to help. You may contact us to find out more about the different types of interventions available as well as to get more information about Halcion rehab and other programs available at The Oaks at La Paloma.