Common signs and symptoms of Ambien addiction include:
- Crushing the pills and snorting them.
- Taking Ambien well before bedtime.
- Getting Ambien prescriptions from multiple doctors.
- Continuing to take Ambien despite dangerous behaviors like sleepwalking or sleep driving.
- Faking symptoms of insomnia just to get an Ambien prescription.
- Trying to limit Ambien use or stop completely but being unable.
- Spending a great deal of time and money trying to get and use Ambien.
Many people also abuse Ambien with other addictive substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines. This can be especially dangerous because abusing Ambien with other depressants can amplify the effects and cause overdose or death.
How Long Does Ambien Stay In Your System?
When you take Ambien, it starts working within 30 minutes. The half-life of Ambien (the amount of time it takes your body to eliminate half of the dose) is about 2.5 to 3 hours. For some people, Ambien may stay in the body a bit longer. It just depends on the person’s age, metabolism, organ function, and other individual factors.
Because Ambien is metabolized so quickly, it’s usually only detectable in urine for 24 to 48 hours. However, for someone taking high doses of Ambien, it may be detectable in urine for up to 72 hours. With a blood test, Ambien is detectable for about 6 to 20 hours or up to 48 hours if a person is taking high doses.
Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms and Detox
When Ambien addiction occurs and the abuse is suddenly stopped or slowed, the user will feel uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms. These are known as withdrawal symptoms. Ambien withdrawal is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Rebound insomnia
- Stomach cramps
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
Although the severity of withdrawal symptoms will vary based on a person’s drug abuse history, whether they are abusing more than one drug, and their current physical health, Ambien detox can be a potentially dangerous process.
Recovering from Ambien addiction often begins with a medical detox program. Ambien detox can help users overcome severe Ambien addiction and reduce uncomfortable withdrawal effects throughout the process. In addition to being more comfortable, medical detox is a safer and more effective strategy for Ambien detox, as users have access to 24/7 medical care and sobriety support. Medical treatment during Ambien detox also reduces the likelihood of relapse by providing a substance-free environment in which the user can rest, heal, and recover from Ambien addiction.