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What Is Halcion Addiction and Abuse?

If you or your loved one take the medication Halcion, you may be running into problems with abuse or addiction.

Such problems are not uncommon, and may lead to severe disruption of your daily routine.

Fortunately, you can get help for Halcion problems and make a solid return to a sober lifestyle.

To maximize your chances of recovery, you must choose knowledgeable treatment providers who know how to provide proper care.

This kind of expertise will help protect you and steer you toward positive outcomes.

The professionals at North Jersey Recovery Center provide cutting-edge treatment solutions.


What Is Halcion?

Halcion is the common brand name for triazolam, a prescription benzodiazepine.

Like several other benzos, triazolam is used as a treatment for insomnia.

It promotes sleep by slowing down your brain’s nerve activity.

Triazolam is only available in tablet form.

When you take it, its effects do not take long to appear.

Doctors only prescribe the medication for about two weeks at a time.

This is true because longer use increases your chances of abusing Halcion and/or getting addicted.

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Basics of Halcion Abuse

Some people do not follow their doctors’ instruction when taking Halcion. Instead, they often do one of three things:

  • Use the medication in larger doses than prescribed
  • Take the medication more frequently than prescribe
  • Combine excessive doses with overly frequent use

All of these actions are viewed by addiction specialists as forms of prescription drug abuse. Why? Because when you take part in them, you are sidestepping some of the key safeguards for protecting your health. This exposes you to serious risks for substance problems. It also exposes you to increased chances of overdosing.

What if you take triazolam without a prescription? That is also a form of prescription drug abuse. That is true even if you only occasionally take medication prescribed to a family member of friend.

How does abuse of triazolam get started? Some people think that increasing their use of the medication will help them sleep better. Others may be seeking the recreational effects of a Halcion high. In addition, some people may not have a conscious reason in mind for abusing the medication.

In the world of addiction science, the term abuse also has another meaning. In this second definition, it describes some of the serious problems caused by misusing your medication. People affected by Halcion abuse are not necessarily addicted. Still, they suffer significant harm from their improper medication use.


Basics of Halcion Addiction

Repeated abuse of Halcion can lead to the development of a triazolam addiction. This happens when overexposure to the medication changes how your brain works. Instead of seeing the presence of triazolam as voluntary, your brain starts to view it as essential.

This state is known as physical dependence. Once it appears, you cannot stop taking the medication without experiencing a significant negative reaction. Some people develop a psychological reliance on triazolam, in addition to physical dependence. This is the stage where full-blown addiction to the medication begins.

You can be affected by symptoms of Halcion abuse and addiction at the same time. For this reason, the two conditions are diagnosed as a single form of illness. The name of this illness is sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic use disorder.


Common Abuse and Addiction Symptoms

There are 11 possible symptoms of sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic use disorder. You cannot officially diagnose the presence of the condition. However, you may notice things that point to a potential problem.
Possible symptoms of triazolam abuse include:

  • Experiencing social or personal problems as a result of your medication use
  • Using the medication while driving or doing other hazardous things
  • Neglecting important responsibilities so you can take more triazolam

Possible symptoms of addiction to the medication include:

  • Developing rising tolerance to the drug effects of triazolam
  • Taking increasing amounts of the medication or using it for longer amounts of time
  • Making triazolam use the highlight of your daily life
  • Turning away from favorite leisure activities so you can use the medication
  • Making multiple, unsuccessful attempts to get your use under control or quit
  • Feeling strong urges to use triazolam while you are doing something else
  • Experiencing withdrawal when you try to quit or cut back

How can you tell if you are going through withdrawal? Common short-term symptoms of this process include:

  • Anxiety
  • Increases in your normal blood pressure or heart rate
  • Sleeplessness

People affected by severe addiction may also experience serious problems like seizures. Unfortunately, some of the effects of withdrawal may last for extended periods of time. That includes such things as sleeplessness, anxiety and depression. The worst withdrawal symptoms tend to appear in people who heavily abuse Halcion.


Mental Illness and Halcion Abuse/Addiction

People with triazolam problems may have something called a dual-diagnosis. This is the name for a co-occurring addiction and a mental illness not related to substance use. If you are affected by this disease overlap, you will need extra attention during treatment. This is the only way to ensure that you receive the care needed for all of your health concerns.


Treatments for Abuse and Addiction

Triazolam Detoxification

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we specialize in helping you recover from problems like Halcion abuse/addiction. Our expert treatment begins with a course of detoxification (detox). This treatment provides controlled conditions that allow you to safely withdraw from the medication.
During detox, we will take all the steps required to protect your health. That includes providing you with supportive care that helps your body stay strong. It also includes a gradual withdrawal process that eases your symptoms and keeps you as comfortable as possible.


Active Treatment for Your Symptoms

Once you complete detox, you can begin active treatment for your abuse/addiction symptoms. Treatment does not typically involve medication. Instead, you will receive help in the form of behavioral therapy. There are two main kinds of therapy known to help people addicted to benzodiazepines like triazolam:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT
  • Motivational Therapies

CBT helps you learn healthy ways of responding to the pressure to abuse drugs. Techniques include:

  • Stress management
  • Learning how to recognize the warning signs of triazolam cravings
  • Developing practical methods of avoiding abuse of the medication

Motivational therapies are designed to increase your level of participation in your recovery. Some therapies help by getting you to overcome your resistance to treatment. Others work by providing prizes or vouchers when you meet your treatment goals.

Halcion Addiction and Abuse North Jersey Recovery Center - Individuals at a residential rehab for halcion abuse are participating in a group therapy session to offer support to one another as they continue the process of recovery and finding lasting sobriety.


Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues

To recover from dual diagnosis, you will need specialized therapy as part of your treatment plan. Potential options include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which helps address your situation in multiple ways. At NJRC, we offer intensive outpatient services that effectively target dual diagnosis symptoms.

Begin Your Recovery From Halcion Problems

Halcion is a form of the benzodiazepine triazolam.

Doctors prescribe the medication for cases of insomnia.

You can abuse Halcion, or any other benzo.

This occurs when you take it more often or in larger amounts than prescribed.

Abuse also occurs whenever you take the medication without a prescription.

If you frequently abuse triazolam, you may develop a diagnosable sedative disorder.

In some cases, abuse leads to addiction.

However, you do not need to be addicted in order to be diagnosed with a serious problem.

Halcion addiction is both physical and psychological.

The physical part of addiction changes how your brain functions.

The psychological part changes your behavior.

The overall result is a major health crisis that requires professional help.

You may have additional mental health issues on top of addiction.

This combination is called dual diagnosis.

Dual diagnosis is not rare. In fact, many people with sedative addiction are affected.

To recover your sobriety, you need to go through a period of detox.

Supervised detox keeps you safe and comfortable as you complete withdrawal.

When you are done, you can continue on in a treatment program.

Treatment for Halcion problems is not medication-based.

Instead, you will receive therapy during your stay in recovery.

This therapy prepares you for the challenges of long-term sobriety.

If you have dual diagnosis, you will receive targeted treatment that covers all of your needs.

Have questions about Halcion abuse and addiction.

Count on the specialists at North Jersey Recovery Center to provide helpful, accurate answers.

You can also count on us for top-of-the-line treatment for all manner of sedative problems.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.