One person explained their success story with barbiturate addiction on the Massachusetts Medical Society’s official website. Here is an excerpt from their story:
“I abused narcotics and barbiturates for the better part of 15 years. I initially like the way the drugs made me feel. Toward the end of my use, however, everything had changed…I lived in terror of being caught, thinking that I was maybe one of two or three doctors in the country with such a shameful problem…I have several years of recovery at this time…I feel that I am a far better physician, father, and member of society today than I ever was before.”
First developed in the 19th century, barbiturates are both psychologically and physically addictive. Individuals are at high risk for overdose with barbiturates, as the dose that could lead to this is very small. Barbiturates are in the same classification as benzodiazepines, which include Valium, Klonopin, and more. These drugs act as depressants on the central nervous system, and often are used in medical practices for anesthesia. The “high” effects of barbiturates reach a plateau after a few hours, leading a person to have to consume more of the drug – which can easily lead to addiction.
According to the Global Information Network about Drugs, barbiturates increase the activity of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), placing a sedative effect on the individual which can even lead to unconsciousness if taken in strong doses. Once taken, effects of the drug can kick in within 15 minutes and can last for up to 6 hours, depending on the drug taken. Typical symptoms associated with barbiturate use are: slurred speech, lack of coordination, reduced inhibition, impaired judgment, and confusion. If overdose occurs, respiratory arrest and death are possible.
Barbiturate addiction is noticeable when a person seems to be tired all of the time, falls over often, and seems paranoid when awake. Insomnia is also a cause for concern if addiction is present. If you are struggling with barbiturate addiction, make the decision to seek help today. It’s never too late, and there are many people out here who want to see you overcome this.
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