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Treatment for Downer Addiction

Treatment for Downer AddictionPeople can become addicted to countless drugs, but you may be particularly drawn to downers. If you understand what downers are, you can understand the challenges of addiction and those you will face when you enter recovery. Seek professional help to ensure that you recover quickly and safely.

What Are Downers?

Downers are system depressants, because they have sedative and depressant properties. They significantly lower both physical and mental activity, and they lead drug users to sleep while also inducing respiratory distress. Users can inject or swallow downers in pill form, but both methods leave users feeling intense relaxation and euphoria. While this might sound blissful, especially to someone who struggles with stress or anxiety, people become tolerant to downers, so they will need larger doses to get high. Unfortunately, as people abuse downers, they may experience any of the following side effects:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Speech that is slurred
  • Lack of coordination
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dilated pupils
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia

People who abuse downers often experience impaired judgment and increased risks for depression and suicidal thoughts. With prolonged use it can become increasingly difficult for users to accept their need for treatment, as well as the associated anxiety and paranoia that makes it more difficult to reach out for help. A depressant addiction can be life-threatening, and if someone overdoses, especially in combination with other depressants like alcohol, death can occur.

Recovering from a Downer Addiction

Downer addiction recovery has many challenges and is quite uncomfortable. Downers can create any of the following withdrawal symptoms that are particularly challenging to manage:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating
  • Racing heart and elevated pulse
  • Tremors
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Vomiting

Remember that dealing with addiction is far worse than going through treatment. You will face physical withdrawal symptoms that are uncomfortable, but a rehab’s medical team will do their utmost to preserve your comfort as you detox. Recovery from depressant addiction brings unique challenges, so the key is to trust your medical team and to explore your feelings in rehab.

Help Finding Addiction Recovery Treatment

To learn more about depressants and to treat a depressant addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. Our admissions coordinators can connect you with the treatment centers that will help you best. Break free from downers and call us now, because we are available 24 hours a day.