Amytal Withdrawal

Amytal, also known as Amytal Sodium (generic name amobarbital), is a barbiturate that was often used in the past to treat insomnia and anxiety disorders. However, it is rarely prescribed anymore due to the dangers associated with barbiturates. These days it is usually only used in medical settings prior to surgery. Otherwise, it is purchased illegally on the black market.

Like other barbiturates, Amytal can be very dangerous because the difference between a medical dose and overdose is slim. For those who abuse or develop a dependence on the drug, Amytal withdrawal can be difficult as the withdrawal symptoms are severe and can be deadly. Because of this, it’s extremely important to find a professional addiction treatment program to support you during the detox and recovery process.

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What Are the Amytal Withdrawal Symptoms?

Amytal is a central nervous system depressant that binds to the GABA neurotransmitters in the brain. It fools the brain into thinking that it is GABA and causes the brain to produce excess GABA, which is what causes the sensations of deep relaxation and sleep. The difference between a prescribed dose and overdose is small. Plus, it can be easy to develop a dependence on or addiction to this drug due to its powerful sedative effects. Once this happens, trying to stop taking Amytal can be a challenge. Symptoms of Amytal withdrawal, like withdrawal from other barbiturates, can be extremely difficult and even lethal.

Amytal withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitching
  • Tremor
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Distorted vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Low blood pressure
  • Convulsions
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Death

What Are the Stages of the Amytal Withdrawal Timeline?

Like other barbiturate withdrawal symptoms, Amytal withdrawal symptoms can be classified into minor and major symptoms. Minor Amytal withdrawal symptoms usually begin about eight to 12 hours after last taking the drug. Major symptoms of Amytal withdrawal usually occur within about 16 hours of the last dose and last up to about five days.

The intensity of the symptoms typically subsides after about 15 days, but symptoms may continue for months or even years, particularly emotional and psychological symptoms.

Minor Amytal withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitching
  • Tremor
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Distorted vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Low blood pressure

Major Amytal withdrawal symptoms:

  • Convulsions
  • Delirium
Amytal Withdrawal

Why Should I Detox?

Quitting drugs cold turkey can be difficult and painful. In some cases, such as with barbiturates like Amytal, it can be not only dangerous but deadly.

Even if you don’t quit cold turkey, withdrawing on your own without professional medical help can be very challenging given the severe physical and psychological symptoms. Because of this, it’s important to find a professional, medically-assisted detox program to support you during Amytal withdrawal. You will be carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body goes through the difficult, and sometimes painful, detoxification. Plus, participating in an addiction treatment program gives you a better chance at lasting recovery because of the structured medical and emotional support provided.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

Withdrawal from barbiturates can be dangerous and even deadly. To detox safely, Amytal withdrawal needs to be completed under medical supervision. Ideally, it’s best to follow a full continuum of treatment to ensure the best opportunity for a successful recovery. Full continuum treatment includes starting with the medical detox process, then progressing from an inpatient status to an outpatient level of treatment:

DETOX

The first stage of withdrawal treatment is known as detox. The goal during this stage is medical stabilization. Detox usually lasts from a few days up to a week. Your medical team, which includes doctors, nurses, and support staff, will give you a complete medical assessment to determine your level of addiction. They will also find out if you have any additional medical needs. This assessment will include a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs.

Your medical team will monitor you 24/7 to help manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent dangerous barbiturate withdrawal symptoms.

Many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges as they detox. Because of this, your treatment plan will also include emotional support as you begin addiction therapy Once you are medically stabilized, a longer-term treatment plan will be put in place for you.

INPATIENT

If you require further medical treatment after going through detox, possibly for co-occurring medical conditions or post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), you will continue with the next stage of treatment on an inpatient basis. This level of treatment is intensive. It includes ongoing 24/7 medical monitoring. You will also begin seeing a therapist on a regular basis at this stage.

PARTIAL-HOSPITALIZATION

The next phase of treatment is the partial-hospitalization program (PHP). This stage is like a cross between inpatient care and outpatient treatment. You’ll live at a transitional living facility so you can focus on your recovery. During this stage, you will participate in a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program five days a week for six hours each day. You will be able to participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs.

At this stage, the focus will be on learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse. Learning these skills will help you to be better prepared for long-term recovery. This training will provide a solid foundation to help you begin the process of returning to your life after treatment.  

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT

The intensive outpatient program (IOP) level of treatment allows you to live at home while still providing counseling and programs to support you during your recovery process. During this stage, you will participate in about nine or more hours of clinical therapy each week, depending on your treatment plan. These sessions will occur several times over the course of each week.  You will continue to learn ways to cope with cravings, stress, and other issues that may come up as you continue to adjust to living independently again.

OUTPATIENT

At this point, you are almost transitioned out of the treatment program. During the outpatient phase of treatment, you will participate in less than nine hours of therapy each week. The focus will be on continuing to support you with relapse prevention strategies and other tools for successful recovery.

This is the last part of the formal treatment program. After completing the outpatient phase, you will join other treatment program graduates as you transition into the alumni aftercare program.

ALUMNI

Once you have successfully completed the formal treatment program, you will have the opportunity to get to know other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events. These are great aftercare opportunities to meet other program graduates. You can develop new friendships and build social support with others who understand the recovery process.

By participating in this support network, you can continue to grow and stay focused on your recovery as you adjust to life after the treatment program and take on new responsibilities. This community can allow you to share relapse prevention strategies, new experiences, techniques to manage stress and frustration, and simply be a way to enjoy being with new friends.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you’re ready to get professional help withdrawing safely from Amytal, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery for free and confidential help, 24/7. Our specialists can provide the guidance and support you need by explaining the treatment process and answering any questions you may have. After speaking with a specialist, you will know what to expect from our evidence-based services. You’ll feel prepared to make an informed decision about your plans for treatment.

Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Call us today at (855) 960-5341 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.