Barbiturate Addiction & Detox Treatment

Barbiturate Addiction & Detox Treatment

What is Barbiturate Addiction?

Barbiturates were schedule II drugs commonly prescribed as a sedative for anxiety, seizures, migraines, and insomnia. They are a class of sedative-hypnotic drugs. Although many people feel these are drugs of the ’60s and ’70s, Barbiturates are still prescribed. Since they are highly addictive, once introduced, they quickly became recreational drugs.

Most barbiturates aren’t harmful when taken as prescribed, but excessive amounts or combining Barbiturates with other drugs or alcohol creates a dangerous experience. Some of the common Barbiturates still prescribed today are Phenobarbital, Secobarbital, Amobarbital, and Nembutal.

young man with a bottle of pills

Barbiturate Withdrawal Symptoms, Signs, Detox & Treatment

Effects of Barbiturate on Your Body

The effects of barbiturates include relaxation, sleepiness, and euphoria. Physicians prescribe them for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and similar medical issues. Veterinarians often use Nembutal for euthanasia of animals.
However, barbiturates have adverse effects. They can cause significant physical problems in both the short term and long term. Abuse of barbiturates results in some of the common symptoms below:

  • Drowsiness

  • Slurred and slowed speech

  • Memory loss

  • Impaired judgment

  • Loss of coordination

  • Irritability

  • Vomiting

  • Paranoia

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Life threatening damage to major organs

  • Coma

  • Death

Common Street Names for Barbiturates

As with illegal drugs, prescription pills and over-the-counter drugs are often referred to by nicknames to disguise conversations that might be overheard. Common Street Names for Barbiturates are Blue Devil, Barbs, Blockbusters, Christmas Trees, Goof Balls, Pinks, Red Devils, Reds & Blues, Yellow Jackets.

Signs and symptoms of  Barbiturate Addiction

Barbiturates relax the brain, causing an individual on the drug to appear similar to an individual intoxicated from alcohol use. Abuse and addiction symptoms vary depending upon an individual’s genetic predisposition, the length of addiction to barbiturates, and the dosage the individual has consumed regularly. Signs of barbiturate abuse can include mood, physical, behavioral and physiological symptoms such as:

Mood symptoms:

  • Depression

  • Mood swings

  • Agitation

  • Irritability

  • Reduction of anxiety

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Slurred speech

  • Decreased motor control

  • Cognitive issues

  • Coordination issues

  • Sluggishness

Physical symptoms:

  • Low blood pressure

  • Dizziness

  • Bradycardia

  • Reduced REM sleep

  • Respiratory depression

  • Sleepiness

  • Weak pulse

  • Slowed breathing

  • Respiratory arrest

  • Visual impairment

  • Inability to urinate

  • Dilated pupils

Psychological symptoms:

  • Increased tolerance

  • Reduced brain function

  • Confusion

  • Impaired judgment

  • Hallucinations

  • Delusions

  • Physical Dependence

Signs of a Barbiturate Overdose

Overdose on Barbiturates occurs when an individual takes a large dosage of the drug. The individual’s body fails to metabolize the drug fast enough. When an overdose occurs, a person’s brain functioning decreases, and they can fall into a coma.
Symptoms of Barbiturate overdose can include:

  • Coordination Issues

  • Cognitive Issues

  • Slowed or shallow breathing

  • Delayed Speech

  • Sleepiness

  • Weakened Pulse

  • Coma

Barbiturates are closely associated with overdoses because these drugs are highly addictive. Most overdoses involving barbiturates involve a combination of substances, with opioids and alcohol being the most common.

Mental Health Disorders often Prescribed Barbiturates

  • Antisocial personality disorder

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Behavioral disorder

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

  • Other addictions

  • Schizophrenia

Barbiturate Withdrawal Symptoms

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The side effects of withdrawal from barbiturates require immediate medical intervention. Some side effects may appear mild; however, they can quickly progress to extremely severe without noticeable warning signs. Withdrawal from barbiturates must be made under close supervision by trained medical staff. Side effects of barbiturate withdrawal include:

● Shakiness and tremors in the muscle groups
● Insomnia
● Agitated
● Hallucinations
● Increased Body Temperature
● Seizures
● Anxiety
● Paranoia
● Respiratory depression
● Respiratory arrest
● Coma
● Death

Barbiturate Addiction Treatment in Drug Treatment Centers NJ

At Avatar Residential Detox Center N.J., we provide a range of drug detox treatments and specialty therapies to help patients in our barbiturate addiction treatment programs, which help with their symptoms and helps them lead an addiction-free life.

Inpatient Detox Treatment

We at Avatar Residential Detox Center NJ follow a customized plan for every individual with Adderall addiction by helping them through several detox treatments and specialty therapies.
The patients get to stay at our facility with all the amenities provided to them by our trusted medical professionals. Staying onsite prevents the patients from any distractions whatsoever and also diminishes the potential for relapse.

Medication-assisted Detox

We at Avatar have a specified medication-assisted treatment provided to the patients. This treatment differs from patient to patient in the sense that it takes into account the level of severity of Adderall addiction. We have an inpatient rehabilitation facility where we take care of the patient’s Adderall addiction needs. Behavioral support is proved to be the most effective in treating Adderall addiction.

Dual Diagnosis

Other than physical consequences, people addicted to Adderall also have to face mental health issues like anxiety, depression, hallucinations, paranoia. To treat this, at Avatar Residential Detox Center, we have Cognitive Behavioural Therapy through which people pay attention to the things they think and do when it comes to drug use. It gives people ways to better cope with stress and other triggers. We at Avatar also provide 12 step therapy to cope with Adderall addiction.

Aftercare planning

At Avatar Residential Detox Center is complete, we then conduct aftercare sessions with our patients. Medical professionals at Avatar develop the most suitable and personalized aftercare plans based on patient’s unique needs that essentially aid in combating Adderall abuse.

Avatar Residential Detox Center accept all major insurances such as Molina, BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, CareFirst, Anthem Health, and more. You can easily verify your insurance coverage. You need not worry even if you don’t have insurance.
Avatar also offers customized flexible self-pay options for all our treatments. For our patients who can not drive to the location, we provide door-to-door pick-up and drop services. If our patients require hospitalization during their time at Avatar, we also provide free pick up and drop off for the hospital visits.


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