Barbiturate Abuse & Addiction Treatment

Barbiturates are a class of drugs that act as central nervous system depressants. Derived from barbituric acid, these drugs were frequently used by medical professionals as sedatives and anesthetics to treat conditions such as agitation, anxiety, and insomnia. However, due to the high risk of abuse and overdose, these drugs are rarely used in the medical community today. Benzodiazepines are now usually used in place of barbiturates.

When used, barbiturates depress the activity in the heart and muscles of the body. These drugs also affect the central nervous system in a variety of ways and, depending on the dosage, produce effects ranging from mild sedation to coma. At lower dosages, this class of drugs lowers anxiety and relieves tension, while at higher dosages it can decrease blood pressure and heart rate. However, although they serve a significant medical purpose, these drugs have potentially dangerous interactions with other drugs and have a tendency to lead to abuse, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal.

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Abusing barbiturates is extremely dangerous and someone who is addicted to these drugs should seek help from a rehab center that offers programs designed to help them overcome their addiction. At Cascade, we have a fully trained staff dedicated to helping you get through this troubling time. We recognize that you may be scared to enter rehab for barbiturate addiction; that’s a perfectly normal feeling. We will do everything in our power to make you feel comfortable and safe as you recover. You can recover from this addiction and have the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Why You Should Seek Treatment for Barbiturate Addiction at Cascade Behavioral Health 

Men and women who abuse barbiturates usually do so in order to achieve a relaxed and sleepy feeling. They may use barbs as a way to help them calm down from a stimulant they have taken, to relieve extreme stress, or to escape from negative emotions or feelings. Without proper treatment, the abuse of barbiturates can be devastating. After prolonged abuse, those who have not died due to an overdose are at increased risk for developing pneumonia, bronchitis, and other serious health consequences. As you become a slave to your addiction, you may begin to lose individuals who are close to you because they no longer can sit by and watch you destroy yourself. You may have lost your job, run out of money, or are facing legal charges. There is no good that can come out of continued barbiturate abuse.

Many individuals need help from a qualified rehab center in order to fully overcome their addiction problems. At Cascade Behavioral Health, we recognize that getting sober and staying clean is no easy task. We have many treatment options available so that you can rest assured that we will be able to provide you with a personal treatment plan customized to fit your individual needs. Additionally, you can take comfort that our staff members are not here to judge you, but are here to get to know you and help you in any way that they can. We strive to provide an intimate care setting that will allow for the development of trust between patient and staff.  

Every professional on our staff is a leading health care expert who puts the welfare of each patient first. Each team member will take the time to listen to what issues you may be facing and any concerns you may have about the treatment process. We are here for you. The innovative programs we have created are designed to provide comfort and education, as well as empower you as the unique individual you are. We take a holistic approach to every aspect of care, which is why our environment is also designed to support the healing process.

Our Philosophy and Benefits

We truly believe that for an addiction disorder treatment program to be successful we cannot simply focus upon the presenting symptoms – we need to take the whole person into consideration. All aspects of what make you who you are need to be included in the recovery process, including your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. We also believe that each of our patients have rights, responsibilities, and choices when it comes to their addiction treatment. Our approach to treatment empowers our patients so that they are able to be involved in their own mental health care.  

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Treatment Options for Barbiturate Abuse at Cascade Behavioral Health

At Cascade, we have taken the time to develop programs that will provide optimal emotional health care without causing too much interference in the lives of our patients. Each program includes stabilization, individual sessions, group sessions, and family therapy. Before any treatment procedures can begin, comprehensive assessments will be conducted to determine your particular treatment needs. This assessment will determine how dependent you have become on barbiturates and if you have any other mental health concerns.

If you arrive at our center physically dependent on barbiturates or any other substances, your first stop will be our detoxification program. The detox process is done to safely and effectively rid your body of any drugs or alcohol. During this process, you will be monitored by a medical physician and a team of nurses around the clock in order to ensure your safety.

Many times medication is used throughout the treatment process until individuals learn better coping mechanisms and the signs of their addiction are under control. Medication is usually used during the detoxification process to help relieve the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that may accompany the process. Over time, medication may be able to be decreased or eliminated. Others may need longer-term medication to help with the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder. All medication decisions and management will be determined by your treatment team.

Individual sessions give patients time to speak with a counselor in a personalized setting. This time may be used to discuss any concerns or issues you may have and topics that you may not want to share in a group session. You can take time to delve deeper into the underlying issues that may have led to your barbiturate addiction.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a technique often used in addiction therapy that will help you to identify the negative thoughts you have. Once you have processed these thoughts, you will learn how to replace them with more positive ways of thinking, which will lead to healthier behavior.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is another common technique that helps you learn how to accept and move beyond events from your past that you no longer have any control over. Additionally, a counselor will work with you to learn some emotional regulation skills and how to increase tolerance for emotions you may not be able to control.

Group therapy is a large component of our addiction program and group sessions are held on a daily basis. Groups focus on a wide range of topics, educating you about addiction and letting you process some of the emotions surrounding your addiction. Through group sessions, you can meet others who are struggling with similar circumstances, learn what has helped them, and obtain the additional support you need.

Family involvement is a large part of the healing process and is strongly encouraged throughout the entire treatment process. Many times when an individual is struggling with an addiction, family relationships become strained. Through family therapy with the patient and their loved ones, you will work with a counselor to help reestablish broken bonds. Additionally, family members are welcome to visit Cascade on Wednesday nights to learn more about addiction and determine ways in which they can be supportive.

Depending on your specific treatment needs you may be participate in some of the following experiential programs:

  • Acupuncture
  • Spiritual consultation
  • Medication
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • A.A. and N.A. meetings 

Continuing Care – What Comes Next

Before discharge, you will meet with a counselor to design an aftercare plan that will help you be most successful in your next phase of recovery. We will work with you to make sure you understand the whole process and do what we can to make the transition to a new program as seamless as possible. Some individuals will enter into an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) which will allow them to get treatment while working or going to school. This program includes lectures, individual sessions, group counseling, and 12-step meetings. Patients will also learn stress management, relapse prevention, and life skills. In order to establish a relationship of trust, individuals will work with the same personnel throughout the whole program. Others may be at the point where they are ready to discharge home and will be given necessary referrals so that they can continue to get support from traditional outpatient therapy.

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