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Halcion Withdrawal | Timeline, Symptoms, Detox

Halcion is a benzodiazepine that is sometimes prescribed for insomnia. Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” like Halcion, Valium, Xanax, and others are highly addictive and can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Plus, oftentimes people who abuse benzodiazepines also abuse other substances such as alcohol or opioids. Addiction and abuse of multiple substances increase the chances of overdose and death. In fact, about 30 percent of opioid overdoses also involve benzos. Learn more below about Halcion withdrawal and addiction treatment.

What Are the Halcion Withdrawal Symptoms?

Although not usually life-threatening, Halcion withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable.

They include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Rebound insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Tremor
  • Sweating
  • Itching
  • Convulsions
  • Headache
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Tension
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Poor concentration
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

What Are the Stages in the Halcion Withdrawal Timeline?

Halcion withdrawal lasts for about five days to two weeks and sometimes longer. The most common withdrawal symptoms usually occur during the first 24 hours after last taking the drug.  Symptoms typically peak around the second week and then begin to lessen.

Days 1 and 2: Halcion withdrawal symptoms peak during this time.

Symptoms of withdrawal during this stage may include:

  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Tremor
  • Muscle cramps
  • Insomnia

Days 3 and beyond: Most symptoms listed above have started to subside. 

A typical Halcion withdrawal experience usually lasts about two weeks.

It is possible for some symptoms to linger, especially if withdrawal is attempted without professional intervention.

Why Should I Detox?

Quitting drugs cold turkey may sound like a good idea, but it can be difficult, painful, and dangerous. In some cases, it can be dangerous and even deadly.

Given the difficult physical symptoms, withdrawing on your own without professional medical help can be very challenging. It’s important to find a professional, medically assisted detox program to support you during the process of Halcion withdrawal.

Doing this will ensure that you are carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body goes through the difficult detoxification process.

Participating in an addiction treatment program also gives you a better chance at lasting recovery as a result of the structured medical and emotional support you will receive.

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:

The 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 Halcion 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

You don’t have to struggle with Halcion withdrawal alone. 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 and 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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