Restoril Withdrawal

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 anxiety and stress. 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 such as Valium. It’s a powerful sedative known as a hypnotic. 

Restoril is prescribed for the treatment of short-term insomnia and anxiety. However, like other benzos, it can be abused and become addictive. Restoril withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and even deadly. Because of this, it’s important to get professional treatment to help with Restoril withdrawal.

Restoril Withdrawal

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 anxiety and stress. 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 such as Valium. It’s a powerful sedative known as a hypnotic. Restoril is prescribed for the treatment of short-term insomnia and anxiety. However, like other benzos, it can be abused and become addictive.

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 an addiction 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

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Why Should I Detox?

Detoxing from benzodiazepines such as Restoril can cause agitation, seizures, and delirium tremens (DTs). Because of the severity of symptoms, withdrawing on your own or going “cold turkey” can be dangerous. 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?

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

DETOX

During the first stage of withdrawal treatment, the goal is medical stabilization. You will receive a complete medical assessment to determine your level of addiction and any additional medical needs you may have. This 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.

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

Your medical treatment may include the administration of other drugs to help manage the physical symptoms of Restoril withdrawal.

In addition to medical care, 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.  

INPATIENT/RESIDENTIAL

After going through detox, you may need to continue with inpatient care if you need further medical treatment. This may be due to co-occurring medical conditions or continuing post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). During the inpatient stage, you will stay at a residential treatment facility so you can focus solely on your recovery. This is an intensive level of treatment. It includes medical monitoring 24/7, plus you will also begin seeing a therapist regularly at this stage. Therapy will help you begin to work through both the emotional and mental aspects of recovery.

PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION

During the partial hospitalization program (PHP) phase, you’ll live at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program. Treatment sessions during this phase are held five days a week for six hours each day and include individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs.

Your goal during the PHP phase will be to learn positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse so that you will be better prepared for long-term recovery. This training will help you begin the process of transitioning back to your life outside the treatment center.  

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT

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. After you have completed the inpatient and/or PHP program, you will move into the intensive outpatient program (IOP) stage.

Sometimes this stage is used as standalone addiction therapy. However, it is also a vital part of the full continuum of treatment. At this stage, your therapy sessions 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. It will also include periodic weekly drug testing. The main focus of IOP is to help you continue to build coping skills and prevent relapse.

ALUMNI

After you have completed 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. This support network can be an important resource to help you grow and stay focused on your recovery as you continue to adjust to life after the treatment program and take on new responsibilities.  

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