Sonata Withdrawal

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.

What Are the Sonata Withdrawal Symptoms?

Symptoms of Sonata withdrawal may include:

  • Low mood
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle cramps
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures



What Are the Stages in the Sonata Withdrawal Timeline?

Early Sonata withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of other Z-drugs and benzodiazepines. Symptoms may include:

  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Shakiness
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heart palpitation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Flushing
  • Feeling like you’re choking
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Bowel and/or bladder problems
  • Changes in appetite
  • Poor concentration

Longer-term symptoms of Sonata withdrawal may take months or years to go away. These symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoid delusions
  • Rebound insomnia
  • Poor memory and mental ability
  • Muscle pain, twitching, and weakness
  • Seizures

Why Should I Detox?

Quitting drugs cold turkey can be difficult and painful, and in some cases, it can be dangerous. Withdrawing on your own without professional medical help can be very challenging given the difficult physical symptoms. Because of this, it’s important to find a professional, medically assisted detox program to support you during Sonata withdrawal.

This will ensure that you are carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body goes through the difficult, and sometimes painful, detoxification process as it eliminates the physical need for the drug.

Sonata Withdrawal

Plus, participating in an addiction treatment program gives you a better chance at lasting recovery because of the structured medical and emotional support provided.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

In order to ensure the best opportunity for a successful recovery, it’s best to follow a full continuum of treatment. Full continuum treatment includes starting with the medical detox process, then progressing from an inpatient status to an outpatient level of treatment. Once the formal treatment program is completed, you will then have the opportunity to participate in an alumni program:


During the first stage of withdrawal treatment — known as detox — your primary goal is medical stabilization. The detox stage lasts from a few days up to a week. Your medical team will include doctors, nurses, and support staff. When you arrive, they will give you a complete medical assessment to determine your level of addiction and any additional medical needs you may have. This assessment includes a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs.

Your medical team will monitor you around the clock to help manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent dangerous sedative withdrawal symptoms.

Because many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges as they detox, your treatment plan will also include emotional support as you begin addiction therapy. Once you are medically stabilized, a longer-term treatment plan will be put in place for you.


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 like a cross between inpatient care and outpatient treatment. The goal is to better prepare you for success once leave the treatment center and are living independently again. You’ll live at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program five days a week for six hours each day. While you’re there, you will be able to participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs.

The focus during PHP will be on learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse so that you will be better prepared for long-term recovery.


Intensive outpatient treatment allows you to live at home while still attending counseling and programs designed to help support your recovery process. You will participate in about nine or more hours of clinical therapy several times each week, depending on your treatment plan. Intensive outpatient therapy helps you continue to learn ways to cope with cravings, stress, and other issues that may come up.


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.


Once you complete the formal treatment program, you will have the opportunity to meet other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events. Spending time with other alumni during these aftercare opportunities can help you develop new friendships and build social support with others who also have first-hand experience with the recovery process.

Engaging with this support network can help you grow as you focus on your recovery and continue to adjust to life after the treatment program. It can also be a great way to share relapse prevention strategies, new experiences, techniques to manage stress and frustration, and simply a way to enjoy being with new friends.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

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