Sleeping Pills Addiction Treatment (Rehab and Detox)

Sleeping pill addictions are a serious but often underestimated condition as it often begins with a legitimate medical need. However, sleeping pills addiction treatment can be just as challenging as that for illicit drugs, with a need to address all the wide-ranging impacts of the condition. At Sanctuary Lodge, we specialise in treating sleeping pill addiction through a three-stage approach that includes medical detox, rehab therapy therapeutic interventions and comprehensive relapse prevention planning. Our programme can help you understand and address the root causes of your sleeping pill abuse so that you can overcome dependency once and for all.

Sleeping pill addiction treatment at Sanctuary Lodge

Sanctuary Lodge provides treatment for numerous prescription drug addiction disorders, including various sleeping pills. Some of the most common include:

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Zaleplon addiction treatment

Zaleplon is commonly prescribed for short-term insomnia but can lead to dependency, particularly if used longer than recommended.

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Zolpidem addiction treatment

Zolpidem, often known by its brand name Ambien, is used to treat sleep issues, but addiction can develop with prolonged or excessive use.

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Zopiclone addiction treatment

Zopiclone is another medication taken for insomnia that can become addictive, especially if abused recreationally or other than prescribed.

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Medical sleeping pill detox

Sleeping pill detox is when you stop taking the medication and allow your body to purge it from your systems. However, when you have taken a lot of sleeping pills for a long time, your body can develop a physical dependence, which causes powerful sleeping pill withdrawal symptoms to emerge if you stop. These symptoms can be uncomfortable, distressing and, in some cases, dangerous and make simply quitting “cold turkey” incredibly difficult.

Medical sleeping pill detox at Sanctuary Lodge enables you to stop taking sleeping pills under the guidance and monitoring of our expert medical team. Some of the benefits of medical sleeping pill detox at Sanctuary Lodge include:

  • A calm, controlled inpatient environment where you can detox without any distractions or access to sleeping pills.
  • An expert medical team is available 24/7 to keep you safe and comfortable and help manage sleeping pill withdrawal symptoms.
  • A full assessment of your addiction and overall health to form a personalised detox plan.
  • A direct route to our sleeping pill rehab programme.

Potential sleeping pill withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawing from sleeping pills can trigger several responses as your body and mind adjust. While different people’s detox experience varies, understanding the most common symptoms can help you prepare yourself for what’s ahead. These include:

Rebound sleep issues:

  • Anxiety, depression and mood swings
  • Physical symptoms like headaches, general malaise, nausea and dizziness
  • Increased tension, muscle aches, stiffness and tremors (in severe cases)
  • Strong sleeping pill cravings

How long do sleeping pill withdrawal symptoms last?

The length of sleeping pill withdrawal is also different from person to person, but here is a general timeline of what to expect:

  • First 24-48 hours: Initial symptoms such as anxiety, restlessness and insomnia often appear as the body starts to miss the sedative effects of sleeping pills.
  • Days 2-4: This period often marks the peak of sleeping pill withdrawal, where symptoms like increased heart rate, sweating, tremors and intensified anxiety are common.
  • Days 5-7: You should begin to feel a reduction in the acute physical symptoms by the end of the first week, but anxiety, mood swings and cravings may still be present.
  • Week 2 onwards: While the most intense symptoms typically subside, insomnia and anxiety can persist. Expert guidance from the team at Sanctuary Lodge is crucial at this stage for psychological support and adaptation to new sleep habits.

In some rare cases, prescription drug detox can cause a more prolonged period of withdrawal that lasts for weeks or even months. This can be very distressing and potentially lead to relapse, so you must communicate closely with your detox team to receive the ongoing help you need.

Sleeping pill rehab treatment

While detox is a critical step on the path to recovery, sleeping pill rehab treatment is where the deeper work happens. This stage addresses both the symptoms and the root causes of your dependency and helps to set strong foundations for a life without sleeping pills.

Sanctuary Lodge provides inpatient sleeping pill rehab treatment, which means you stay in our facility following detox and undergo a programme of therapy. This is widely considered to be more effective than outpatient treatment as it removes you from your normal environment and lets you focus on therapy. Some key features of our prescription drug rehab programmes include:

  • A secure treatment setting
  • A combination of traditional and holistic therapies
  • High-quality accommodation, food and facilities
  • A supportive community of recovery peers and Sanctuary Lodge staff
  • A comprehensive aftercare programme

Sleeping pill rehab therapy at Sanctuary Lodge

Sanctuary Lodge’s sleeping pill rehab programme incorporates an extensive range of different therapies. Our experts will guide you through each therapy step, helping you build a healthier, happier and substance-free life. Just some of our therapies include:

Individual counselling
You will work one-on-one with your own dedicated therapist to uncover the root causes of your sleeping pill dependency. It is a chance to get personal insights and develop strategies for coping with insomnia and stress in healthier ways.
Group therapy
Sharing your recovery journey with others can make the road less daunting. In these sessions, you will find empathy, mutual understanding and shared experiences that can provide both comfort and practical advice.
Behavioural therapies
We use approaches like DBT to help you transform the thought processes and behaviours that link to your sleeping pill use. This will help you learn how to cope with life’s difficulties without sleeping pills.
Holistic therapies
Complementary approaches like art therapy, yoga and guided meditation sessions are critical components of our programme. They are great ways to help you express yourself and manage emotions in a safe, constructive environment.

Sleeping pill relapse prevention

As you come to the end of your time in rehab for sleeping pills, our team will help you to produce your own personal relapse prevention plan. This will incorporate a number of strategies to help you manage your new life with confidence, including:

Understanding your triggers

First, we will identify what situations or emotions prompt you to use sleeping pills. Gaining this insight will help you to develop strategies to avoid or counter these triggers effectively.

Skill-building for coping

We will teach you a variety of coping mechanisms for handling insomnia, stress and other issues. These skills are vital for dealing with life’s challenges and maintaining a healthy sleep routine without medication.

Support network creation

It’s important to have people who understand and support your journey. We help you cultivate a support network, from therapy groups to loved ones encouraging your progress.

Following healthy routines

We promote healthy habits post-rehab, such as regular physical activity, good nutrition and relaxation techniques that can naturally improve sleep.

Aftercare attendance

Sanctuary Lodge provides access to continued therapy sessions through our one-year aftercare programme. These group therapy sessions will keep you steady on your path to long-term wellness and sobriety.

Begin sleeping pill addiction treatment at Sanctuary Lodge

Recovery from sleeping pill addiction begins with the simple but brave decision to seek help. Once you have taken that enormous step, Sanctuary Lodge is here to support you through every stage of treatment. We provide comprehensive detox, rehab and aftercare so no stone is left unturned. Reach out to Sanctuary Lodge and begin the journey of transforming your life.


Is withdrawing from sleeping pills dangerous?
Withdrawing from sleeping pills can indeed pose some risks, especially if you have been using them for a long time or in high doses. Symptoms like severe insomnia, anxiety and even seizures can occur, which is why it is important never to try to quit cold turkey on your own. A medically supervised detox can ensure your safety, making the withdrawal process as smooth and comfortable as possible.
How much does sleeping pill rehab cost?
The cost of sleeping pill rehab at Sanctuary Lodge varies depending on the programme length you need. We understand that affordability is key, so we offer payment plans to help manage costs. Some insurance policies may also cover part of your treatment, so check the terms of your policy.
How long does sleeping pill addiction recovery take?
Recovery from sleeping pill addiction is a very personal journey, and the time it takes can vary widely depending on your specific situation, including how long you have been using the medication and the dosages involved. It is important to allow yourself as much time as needed to recover fully. While some aspects of recovery, like detox, may take only days or weeks, truly overcoming addiction and learning to manage your life without reliance on sleeping pills is an ongoing process that often benefits from a longer-term approach.
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