In the United Kingdom Restoril is the trademarked term for the drug Temazepam. Temazepam first appeared in the mid-1960s. Under the brand-name Restoril this drug has gained mass appeal for its ability to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders. Restoril is also used to treat anxiety.
Restoril is a member of ‘benzodiazepine’ family of drugs and considered a ‘hypnotic’ or tranquilliser. Restoril is prescribed by NHS doctors and the drug is a Class C controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Benzodiazepine based drugs also include Xanax, diazepam (Valium) and bromazepam. When combined with alcohol benzodiazepine are responsible for more deaths each year than cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin combined! (Source: Office of National Statistics) Long term Restoril consumption has even been linked with the onset of dementia. As the sleeping pill market is set to continue to grow, we expect to see the number of benzodiazepine-related overdoses to continue to increase over the next 10 years.
Restoril overdose leads to coma and death. Restoril is potentially lethal if mixed with alcohol. If you suspect Restoril overdose you must call 999 immediately. The Australian actor Heath Ledger died from mixing Restoril with alcohol in 2008.
Restoril’s manufacturer recommends the drug is consumed for a period no greater than four weeks. In fact, Restoril is known as a ‘short term’ insomnia treatment for this very reason. If users continue to consume Restoril for a period in excess of four weeks a tolerance and dependency is built up. Users thus require an ever greater dosage of Restoril in order to experience the desired ‘high’. Chronic users have been known to snort or inject the drug. This speeds up the rate of Restoril consumption into the bloodstream compared to consuming the drug orally.
Restoril works by slowing down brain activity by increasing the secretion of the brain’s key relaxant hormone known as GABA or gamma-aminbutyric acid. The drug slows down key bodily functions including heartbeat, respiration and even metabolism. Users quickly develop a physical as well as psychological addiction to the drug. Those firmly in the grip of Restoril addict experience uncomfortable and even painful withdrawal symptoms if an attempt is made to ‘get clean’ from the drug.
Common Restoril withdrawal symptoms include:
Restoril withdrawal is often more problematic than withdrawing from alcohol and heroin. For this reason, Rehab 4 Addiction does not recommend home-based non-medically supervised detox. The above withdrawal symptoms last for up to three weeks in severe cases.
In order to combat Restoril withdrawal symptoms, we recommend a medically assisted detox and rehabilitation programme taking place within a residential rehabilitation centre. A team of medical staff observe patients’ withdrawal symptoms during detox. Prescription medications are offered to offset and even eliminate painful withdrawal symptoms. During the initial assessment, a medical team determine the existence of ‘co-dependency’. This is because the majority of Restoril addicts are addicted to other drugs too, typically heroin, alcohol, other prescription drugs and/or crack-cocaine.
Once withdrawal symptoms decline patients attend counselling and therapy sessions. Therapy and counselling aim to treat underlying emotional triggers of Restoril addiction to arm patients with coping mechanisms required to prevent relapse. 12 months of free aftercare is offered once rehabilitation draws to a conclusion. Aftercare sessions take place twice per week at the rehab centre patients attended.
Once patients return home they are encouraged to attend Narcotics Anonymous sessions in their local area. So-called ’12 Step Programmes’ encourage long term recovery.
If you would like to learn more about our Restoril 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 shortly. If a loved one is suffering from Restoril addiction why not consider our intervention service.