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Insomnia and Addiction

Insomnia and AddictionJust about every drug of abuse has some effect on sleeping patterns. Sometimes a drug is used effectively, with or without the advice of a doctor in Albuquerque, as an aid to sleep. But when use turns into abuse or addiction, every drug’s health benefits start to fade away, and bad side effects begin to dominate the experience. Insomnia can be one of those side effects.

Opiates and Staying Awake

All opiates, which are drugs derived from the opium poppy, cause some level of insomnia. They are central nervous system (CNS) depressants, which disrupt normal patterns of brain activity. Sleeping and waking cycles are regulated by these patterns in Albuquerque. Opiates in the brain react and bond to cells that should be reacting and bonding with hormones in the brain. The chemistry becomes unbalanced, and the patterns that the chemicals regulate are immediately disrupted.

The insomnia from opiates varies depending on the specific drug and the circumstances. Sleeplessness may not even be noticed when a prescription drug, like morphine, is used to control severe pain. Whatever the drug’s side effects, sleeping may be far easier in Albuquerque when the pain is eliminated.

Heroin is notorious for causing insomnia among its users in Albuquerque. The sleeplessness usually is felt as soon as the use begins. Users sometimes describe a feeling of being stuck between sleeping and waking. Eyelids drop and heads nod, but real sleep does not come.

Sleep Aids Gone Wrong

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are prescribed to treat, among other things, insomnia. When they are abused in Albuquerque, however, they can begin to cause insomnia very quickly.

Rohypnol, Xanax, Halcion and all other benzodiazepines calm anxiety and alleviate insomnia in Albuquerque. They increase the efficiency of a neurotransmitter chemical, which slows down the rate at which synapses fire in the brain.

Unfortunately, this sleep-aiding effect fades over time and is replaced with insomnia. The body begins to compensate for the chemicals. Doctors limit the continual use of benzodiazepines for this reason. With some benzodiazepines, this reversal can happen in as little time as two weeks. A user in Albuquerque who has begun to depend on one of these drugs to sleep suffers terribly when sleep is replaced with insomnia.

Leaving You Sleepless

Once a physical dependence has been established, quitting a drug can bring the most painful symptoms of the entire addiction experience. Whatever the substance is, the body has established chemical compensations, which become problems when the drug stops entering the body. Insomnia is a common withdrawal symptom when quitting most drugs in Albuquerque: alcohol, heroin, morphine, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and Xanax. Sleeping problems usually go away within days or weeks. But in the case of heroin, bouts of insomnia may continue for months.

Putting Addiction to Bed

If an addiction is keeping you or someone you know up at night in Albuquerque, call our toll-free helpline to learn about ways to begin recovering. The helpline is available 24 hours a day. Call now.