Halcion Withdrawal

Halcion is a benzodiazepine that is sometimes prescribed for insomnia. Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” like Halcion, Valium, Xanax, and others are highly addictive and are known to have difficult 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?

Halcion withdrawal can be difficult and uncomfortable. The physical symptoms may feel like a bad case of the flu and cause you to crave the drug. This is why it’s important to get professional help. Quitting “cold turkey” can actually put you at risk of complications or abandoning the withdrawal process.

Halcion Withdrawal

A professional, medically-assisted detox program ensures that you are carefully monitored in a safe environment. This way you are supported and protected while your body goes through the difficult, and sometimes painful, detoxification process as it eliminates the physical need for the drug.

The doctors and nurses on your medical team will monitor you 24/7 and also make sure your body has enough vitamins, fluids, and electrolytes. You will also receive professional mental and emotional support to help ensure a successful withdrawal process during this challenging time.

What Is the Next Treatment Step?

Treatment for Halcion addiction is available in different formats and levels of intensity, but following a full continuum of treatment provides the most comprehensive approach. It begins during the detox phase with the highest and most intense level of care and then progresses through less intense levels of treatment. Going through the full continuum of treatment will position you better to be successful in your recovery. Stages of treatment usually include: detox/inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and alumni or aftercare.


The goal during the first stage of withdrawal treatment is medical stabilization. You will receive a complete medical assessment to determine your level of addiction and any additional medical needs you may have. The assessment will include a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs.

Your physician may also require additional testing such as: additional blood tests, including a CBC (complete blood count), chest X-ray, ECG (electrocardiogram), and testing for other diseases.

After the doctor reviews your test results, he or she will design a detox plan for you. Then you will begin the detox process under the care of your medical team. Your medical team will include doctors, nurses, and support staff.

Your treatment plan will also include emotional support as you begin addiction therapy. This is because many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges as they detox.  

If you have co-occurring addictions or medical conditions, your doctor may recommend that you continue with inpatient care for a period after you complete the detox phase. If so, you’ll stay in a residential facility and begin the next phase of intense addiction treatment. You’ll be able to focus solely on your recovery while undergoing treatment with clinical supervision.


The next stage after completing the detox phase of treatment is to continue treatment in a partial hospitalization program (PHP). You’ll live at a transitional living facility while participating in a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program. Treatment sessions are held five days a week for six hours each day. Sessions include individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs.

During partial hospitalization, your goal will be to learn positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse. This will help you to be better prepared for long-term recovery. The training will help you begin the process of transitioning back to your life outside the treatment center.


The stages of the full continuum of treatment are designed to slowly move you back to life outside the rehab facility while helping you build the skills and resources you need to cope and avoid relapsing. You will move into the intensive outpatient program (IOP) stage after you have completed the inpatient program,

This stage sometimes is used as standalone addiction therapy. However, it is also a vital part of the full continuum of treatment. Your therapy sessions at this stage won’t be as frequent and the program will be more flexible. You will still attend intensive therapy sessions and continue with medication management if required. This stage of treatment will help you continue to be accountable for your recovery as it also includes periodic weekly drug testing. Building coping skills and preventing relapse are the goals of IOP.


After completing the treatment program, you will have the opportunity to join other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events. These opportunities to meet other program graduates can help you develop new friendships and build social support with others who understand the recovery process. Turning to this support network can be a vital resource to help you grow and stay focused on your recovery as you continue to adjust to life after the treatment program.

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 (855) 960-5341 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.