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Restoril Withdrawal | Timeline, Symptoms, Detox

Back in the 1960s, a powerful class of medications known as benzodiazepines (“benzos”) was first developed. These prescription medications were marketed as a safe way to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder. However, by the 1970s, not only were benzos the most widely used prescription drug in the world, but they were also known to have dangerous side effects and be highly addictive. 

Restoril (temazepam) is similar to other benzodiazepines. Sometimes, this  powerful medication is called a hypnotic. Restoril is prescribed for the treatment of short-term insomnia and anxiety. However, like other benzos, it can be abused and lead to substance use. Restoril withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and even deadly. Because of this, it’s important to get professional treatment to help with Restoril withdrawal. 

What Are the Restoril Withdrawal Symptoms?

After you have developed a dependence to Restoril, withdrawing from this drug can be difficult and uncomfortable. It can cause both milder and more severe withdrawal symptoms.

Restoril withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Dysphoria
  • Insomnia
  • Convulsions
  • Tremor
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

What Are the Stages in the Restoril Withdrawal Timeline?

Like withdrawal from other benzodiazepines, Restoril withdrawal symptoms typically occur in three phases. Certain symptoms are experienced throughout the withdrawal process.

These ongoing symptoms are:

  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms (myoclonus)

The second phase of symptoms usually begins to occur within the first 10 days. This may include symptoms such as:

  • Panic
  • Hallucinations 
  • Cognitive disturbances
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Twitching
  • Weight loss

The third group of symptoms is noted to occur within the third and fourth weeks of withdrawal from diazepam, although they may last for several months. These symptoms are related to sense perception:

  • Sensation of “pins and needles”
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Abdominal pain
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

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 Restoril 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 Restoril 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

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.

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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.

Intensive Outpatient

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 go through Restoril withdrawal alone. Contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery 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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