Prior to the 1970s, barbiturates were the drug of choice for treatment of anxiety-related issues, anxiety disorders and for various types of seizure disorder. Due to their high potential for substance abuse, the federal government restricted access to barbiturates in 1970, however, barbiturates are still sometimes prescribed for certain patients that have seizure disorders. Benzodiazepines are much more commonly prescribed in replacement of barbiturates after being restricted in 1970.
There are a number of forms that barbiturates come in, primarily differing in how long the effects of the drug last. While some forms are fast acting and may only last a few minutes, others are longer acting and can last upwards of two days. Often times, barbiturate overdose occurs when taken with other drugs such as alcohol or opiates.
Barbiturates are sought after because people desire the comforting psychoactive effects of these drugs, similar to alcohol. In smaller doses, someone under the influence may feel drowsy, disinhibited and/or intoxicated while in larger does, effects may be more similar to being drunk with slowed speech and confusion. A danger of barbiturate abuse is that the difference between a dose causing someone to feel drowsy or dishibited and one causing death might be small. In addition to having a narrow therapeutic range, barbiturates are also highly addictive. If taken daily for as little as a single month, the brain has already developed a strong dependence on the drug which causes severe withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms can quickly progress from mild to severe, so immediate medical treatment through a detox program is important. Symptoms of withdrawal effects may include tremors/shakiness, insomnia, hallucinations, agitation, high body temperature, seizures, respiratory depression, vomiting, coma and death. After seeking help through a detox program and making it through the withdrawals stage, it’s highly recommend that the next step is to seek treatment for addiction in order to find a solution that allows a user to live a life without the use of drugs. Any Lengths Retreat is an all men treatment center that utilizes the 12-step program in order to stay sober and treat addiction with an optimal method of recovery. We believe that working a solid 12-step program is the solution to recovery and to live a life of sobriety.