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Estazolam Withdrawal | Timeline, Symptoms, Detox

Over 50 million Americans struggle with a sleep disorder and about 40 million struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Given the toll that a lack of sleep and constant anxiety can take, it’s no wonder that many people take prescription medications to help with these disorders. Estazolam is one such medication. It is a benzodiazepine, which is a sedative. Sedatives are designed to help alleviate sleep and anxiety problems. 

Known by the brand names ProSom and Eurodin (which are no longer on the market), estazolam is a powerful benzodiazepine that is also used to treat seizures. While this medication and other benzodiazepines have their benefits, they can also lead to dependence and be highly addictive. As with other benzodiazepines, once you are addicted, estazolam withdrawal can be a difficult process. Professional help offers the best chance for a successful recovery.

What Are the Estazolam Withdrawal Symptoms?

Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” such as estazolam are sedatives. If someone builds up a tolerance to estazolam or becomes addicted and then stops taking it suddenly, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Estazolam withdrawal can be uncomfortable.

Symptoms include:

  • Tremors
  • Stomach cramps or pain
  • Muscle cramps or pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Tension
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

What Are the Stages in the Estazolam Withdrawal Timeline?

Early estazolam withdrawal symptoms usually include rebound symptoms from what the drug was designed to treat, which are anxiety and insomnia.

Acute estazolam withdrawal symptoms include: 

  • Tremor
  • Anxiety
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms (myoclonus)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hallucinations 
  • Cognitive disturbances
  • Mood changes
  • Cravings
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sensation of “pins and needles”
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures

Why Should I Detox?

Detoxing from estazolam can cause agitation and seizures. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms from estazolam can be dangerous if you try to quit“cold turkey”. It’s much safer to go through a medical detox process as part of a professional treatment program. Going through an addiction treatment program also gives you a better chance at lasting recovery because of the structured medical and emotional support provided.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

A full continuum of treatment ensures the best opportunity for a successful recovery. Following a full continuum of treatment means starting with the medical detox process and then progressing gradually from an inpatient status to outpatient treatment. You will then have the opportunity to participate in an alumni program after the formal treatment program is completed. The stages of addiction treatment include:

Your primary goal is medical stabilization during the first stage of withdrawal treatment, which is known as detox. Expect the detox stage to last from a few days up to a week. When you arrive, your medical team—which will include doctors, nurses, and support staff— will complete your comprehensive medical assessment, which will help determine your level of addiction and additional medical needs you may have. The assessment includes a medical exam plus a urine screening for drugs.

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

Many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges during the detox period. Your treatment plan will also include comprehensive support to help you with these symptoms. A longer-term treatment plan will be put into place for you once you are medically stabilized.

If you and the treatment team determine that you need further medical treatment, you may continue the next stage of treatment on an inpatient basis, which might be because of co-occurring medical conditions or post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient treatment is intensive and includes 24/7 clinical monitoring. At this stage, you will start seeing a therapist regularly to help you process the emotional and psychological aspects of addiction and recovery.

Partial hospitalization (PHP) is in-between outpatient treatment and inpatient care. The goal of PHP is to stabilize your mental status and better prepare you for success once you return to independent living after you leave the treatment center. During this stage, you’ll live at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive and rigorous treatment program. This program will be five days a week for six hours each day. You will be able to participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to help you address emotional and mental health needs.

Learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse so that you will be prepared for long-term recovery will be the primary focus during PHP.

The next stage is the intensive outpatient program (IOP). An IOP allows you to live at home while also attending counseling and programs to help support your recovery. Depending on your treatment plan, you will participate in about nine or more hours of clinical therapy several times each week.

Intensive outpatient therapy will help you to continue learning new ways to manage cravings, stress, and other challenging issues that may arise once you live on your own again. After you complete the IOP stage, you will transition into the alumni program, which is also known as aftercare.

You will have the opportunity to meet other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events after you complete the formal treatment program. These aftercare opportunities spent with other alumni members can help you develop new friendships and build social support with others who understand the recovery process.

Being a part of this supportive network can help you grow while focusing on your recovery and adjusting to life after the treatment program. It can also be a safe space to share relapse prevention strategies, new experiences, and techniques for stress management. Most of all, it can be a way to enjoy time with new friends.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you’re ready to begin treatment for estazolam withdrawal, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery today for free and confidential help. They can provide the guidance and support you need to start your recovery by explaining the 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 will feel confident to make an informed decision about your treatment plans. Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Call us today at 844-554-9279 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.

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Sources

(2017, November 15) Estazolam. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov

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