Lunesta is commonly prescribed to treat sleeping disorders such as insomnia. When Lunesta arrived in 2004 the drug was marketed as a sort of ‘miracle pill’. However many patients developed an uncontrollable addict for the drug. This led to a number of well publicised casualties.
Lunesta is classed as a hypnotic and a sedative. The drug is particularly dangerous if mixed with alcohol. Lunesta slows down the central nervous system allowing users to fall asleep. Addicts have termed Lunesta the ‘zombie pill’. Lunesta’s manufacturer, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, recommends users must not continue to use the drug for more than two consecutive weeks. If users continue to use Lunesta for a greater period a tolerance is built up. Users who have built up a tolerance thus consume ever greater quantities of the drug in order to feel the desired effect. Lunesta causes the user to develop a physical as well as psychological addiction to the drug. Once in the blood Lunesta travels to the brain and mimics receptors involved in the release of relaxant hormone ‘GABA’.
The simplest and most effective form of Lunesta treatment is residential rehabilitation. Sudden Lunesta withdrawal brings with it a number of highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Residential rehabilitation means patients receive round the clock medical care from our team of highly trained doctors, nurses and support staff. This level of care is particularly vital during the ‘acute’ withdrawal period when withdrawal symptoms arise.
Common withdrawal symptoms experienced during Lunesta detoxification include:
Our residential rehabilitation centres located throughout the United Kingdom offer a wholly medically assisted detox regime. Patients are ‘tapered’ gradually off Lunesta. Tapered dosages mean patients do not experience withdrawal symptoms. A number of anti-anxiety drug are also offered during this period. Chronic Lunesta addicts may be offered benzodiazepine in order to reduce withdrawal symptoms such as tremors and seizures.
After around seven to eight days after Lunesta was last consumed withdrawal symptoms begin to fade. Patients are now free to attend counselling and therapy sessions for the remainder of the programme. Counselling and therapy sessions treat underlying emotional causes of Lunesta addiction. Emotional causes may include anxiety and/or depression. Patients are armed with coping strategies. These strategies are taught using modern therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. Therapy and counselling sessions are conducted either in group or individual settings. All therapy and counselling sessions are supervised by specialist drug and/or alcohol counsellors.
Once patients’ rehabilitation programme draws to a conclusion a comprehensive discharge plan is drawn up. This plan reflects the progress patients made during rehabilitation and recommends a course of action required for long term recovery. 12 months of aftercare is offered free of charge for patients who successfully complete rehabilitation. Aftercare sessions take place twice a week at the rehabilitation centre patients attended.
If you would like to learn more about our Lunesta rehabilitation programme please call our admissions team today on 0800 140 4690. Alternatively complete the enquiry form and a member of our team will reply to your message shortly. If a loved one is suffering from Lunesta addiction why not consider our intervention service.