About 70 million Americans, or 30 percent of the U.S. population, struggle with sleep disorders. In fact, sleep disorders, including insomnia, are so prevalent that the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared sleep deprivation a public health epidemic.
Sonata is the brand name for the drug zaleplon. It is a type of sedative known as a “z-drug” that is used to treat insomnia. Z-drugs were developed in the 1980s as an alternative to benzodiazepines (“benzos” such as Valium and Xanax).
The idea was that this class of drugs—called hypnotics— would not have the same addiction potential or withdrawal symptoms as benzos. However, it turns out that Sonata and drugs like it have the same side effects as benzos, plus they can also be addictive. Sonata withdrawal symptoms can be difficult and even dangerous because the drug is a central nervous system depressant.
Symptoms of Sonata withdrawal may include:
Early Sonata withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of other Z-drugs and benzodiazepines.
Symptoms may include:
Longer-term symptoms of Sonata withdrawal may take months or years to go away. These symptoms may include:
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 Sonata 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.
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 Sonata 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 need further medical treatment, possibly for co-occurring medical conditions or additional post-acute withdrawal symptoms, you will continue with the next stage of treatment on a residential basis. This level of treatment is intensive and includes 24/7 medical monitoring while living at the facility. You will also begin seeing a therapist regularly at this stage to help you work through 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.
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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.
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.
During the outpatient phase of treatment, you will receive less than nine hours of therapy each week. At this point, you are almost transitioned out of the treatment program. The focus will be on continuing to support you with relapse prevention strategies and other tools for successful stability as you regain your independence. This is the last part of the formal treatment program. Once you complete the outpatient phase, you will transition into aftercare as part of the treatment program alumni.
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.
If need help withdrawing from Sonata safely, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery for free and confidential help. Our specialists are available 24/7. They can provide the guidance and support you need to get started with the treatment process and answer any questions you may have.
After you speak with a specialist, you will know what to expect from our evidence-based services and feel prepared to make an informed decision about your plans for treatment. Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Call us today at 844-554-9279 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.
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