Despite being remote and relatively isolated, Alaska has its fair share of issues with drugs. While the state isn’t regularly feature in headlines amidst this national drug epidemic, it’s safe to say that no one wants to see things get any worse. From 2013 to 2014, about 77,000 Alaskans reported illicit drug use within the last month, according to a report prepared for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. This doesn’t include prescription drug use, like sleeping pills. Every year, Americans consume sleeping pills and wind up dead because of it. Sleeping pills are a group of drugs a various makeup which are prescribed as sleep aids. Because a sleep aid by nature causes sedation, virtually all sleeping pills are at least somewhat narcotic. Many of them are very addictive and can be deadly which then brings more people into detox and substance abuse treatment.
One of the most common types of sleeping pills are benzodiazepines. These are older drugs which are typically prescribed for anxiety. They have a well-known addiction potential and cause physical dependence rapidly. Similarly, barbiturates can easily cause addiction and overdose death, particularly when combined with other drugs like alcohol.
Other sleeping pills are simply rebranded antidepressants. Older antidepressants used to produce lots of drowsiness, so some have been approved for off-label uses like sleeping pills. And many new attempts have been made at producing a safe, effective sleeping pill but have only resulted in drugs that are still addictive and have some very strange side effects like sleep-driving.
Anyone struggling with sleeping pill abuse should get into treatment as quickly as possible.
Here is a list of the different alcohol and drug addiction resources for sleeping pills addiction in Alaska. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.