Halcion (triazolam) is a potent benzodiazepine used to treat insomnia that can be highly addictive. At an inpatient drug rehab, you or your loved one may find just the help you need to recover from Halcion abuse.
What Is Halcion?
Halcion (triazolam) is a fast acting and powerful benzodiazepine that’s taken as an oral tablet, and most commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. Halcion is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that slows down a person’s brain and nerve function to help them sleep.
Halcion is intended for short-term use only, and isn’t usually prescribed for no more than 7 to 10 days. The half-life of Halcion is only about 1 to 2 hours whereas other benzodiazepines such as Valium can have a half-life of 20 to 70 hours.
Halcion, in particular, is activated in a person’s body much faster than other benzodiazepines. Doctors may also prescribe Halcion before medical procedures to minimize a patient’s anxiety.
The problem is that the benefits of Halcion begin to diminish over time and the drug stops working the way it used to. This is a result of a tolerance building up—tolerance is one of the precursors to Halcion dependence.
When a person uses Halcion, the brain can stop producing dopamine naturally. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter often responsible for reward-motivated behavior—or things that make a person feel happy. So it may get to a point where a can’t feel happy, or get sleep without the drug in their system.
Signs And Symptoms Of Halcion Abuse
Halcion elicits a feeling of well-being, and relaxation. With its rapid onset, high potency, and anxiety reduction, Halcion may be used as a replacement for other benzodiazepines that don’t work quite as fast.
It isn’t always easy to determine if someone you care about is abusing Halcion—especially if they’re intentionally hiding it from you. Here are some of the symptoms of Halcion abuse:
- Acute drowsiness
- Unsteady gait or balance
- Reduced inhibition
- Impaired judgment
- An older person may experience these symptoms as well:
As a result of Halcion abuse, many people build up tolerance. Then increase the amount they’re using to achieve the same effects. A lot of people get to a point where they constantly think about the drug, and become irritable when they don’t have it—this could also be the result of a Halcion addiction.
How Is Halcion Abused?
Prescription drug abuse is defined as misuse of a drug for a non-medical purpose. So when a person starts taking more Halcion than they’re supposed to, it’s abuse.
Some of the other ways people abuse Halcion includee:
- Chewing the tablet
- Crushing the tablet and snorting or injecting it
- Taking someone else’s prescription
- Diverting the drug in any way
- Buying it on the street
- Mixing triazolam with alcohol, opioids, heroin, or any other other drug
Some people mix Halcion with other substances to potentiate the effects of each substance. This is known as polydrug abuse. Taking Halcion with prescription opioids, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, or any other mind-altering substance is seriously risky, and even lethal. A lot of people mix Halcion these drugs because it help them sleep, and takes the edge off when they’re “coming down”.
Dangers Of Halcion Abuse
One of the biggest dangers occurs when a person unintentionally abuses Halcion by increasing their dose as their tolerance builds up. As a result of increasing a dose size, a person might become build up a tolerance, become dependent, addicted, and even overdose.
“Because of the potency of triazolam, some manifestations of overdosage may occur at 2 mg, four times the maximum recommended therapeutic dose,” (Food and Drug Administration).
Additionally, the risk of Halcion overdose increases significantly when it’s mixed with an opioid like heroin, codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, or oxycodone. As it is, a lot of people try to intensify the effects of an opioid by using it with Halcion or another benzodiazepine.
Signs Of A Halcion Overdose
From 2002 to 2015, benzodiazepines were responsible for 72,495 overdose deaths in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse chart also shows that opioids are involved in the majority of benzodiazepine overdoses.
A Halcion overdose is a considered a medical emergency; which means that without medical assistance, a person can die. If you don’t know that a person’s on Halcion, an overdose can just seem confusing.
The following are some of the signs of a Halcion overdose:
- Slurred speech
- Double vision
- Slowed breathing
- Respiratory failure
- Poor coordination
Halcion abuse eventually leads to a physical dependence. It may get to a point where a person can’t sleep or function without using Halcion In these cases, the original symptoms of anxiety and insomnia are intensified. More importantly, these are often the first symptoms of withdrawal, and cause a vicious cycle of using a CNS depressant.
Because Halcion has a high potential for addiction doctors rarely prescribe Halcion for longer than 10 days.
When a person uses Halcion, it actually changes their brain chemistry. So after about 2 weeks, a person will likely start to form a dependence, and then experience heavy withdrawal symptoms when they stop using Halcion.
The symptoms of Halcion withdrawal may include:
- Abdominal and muscle cramps
- Perceptual disturbances
It is important to note that no one should ever attempt to withdraw from Halcion (or any benzodiazepine) on their own. Benzodiazepines are one of the classes of drugs people can die from during withdrawal. A medically-supervised detoxification is absolutely necessary.
Medically-Supervised Halcion Detoxification
The first step to treating any benzodiazepine addiction is a medically-supervised detoxification. During a medically-supervised detox, there will be on-call professional assistance, 24 hours a day. An inpatient detox is more conducive to long-term recovery than doing it at home, and patients are able to safely manage their withdrawal from benzodiazepine.
Treatment For Halcion Addiction
A stay at an inpatient rehab center is almost always recommended once someone is safely detoxed off of benzodiazepines. It is here that compassion and dedication will come together, and treatment professionals help people overcome addiction.
The best part about inpatient treatment is that patients are given the behavioral tools, beliefs, and strengths to avoid relapse for the rest of their lives.
Find An Inpatient Treatment Program That Works For You
If someone you care about is struggling with an addiction Halcion or other benzodiazepines, contact us today. We will help you find the right program that best suits your needs. All calls are 100 percent confidential.