The number of drug-related deaths in South Dakota has been on the rise since 2008, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. A lot of these drug-related deaths could have been avoided with the help of detox centers and substance abuse treatment. One of the drugs responsible for this increase in deaths is sleeping pills. Sleeping pills are medications that are sold over the counter and in a prescription form, for people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. There are components in the medications that assist with drowsiness. There are many different kinds of sleeping pills such as Ambien, Lunesta, any over-the-counter antihistamines, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and many more. It is very easy to access over-the-counter medications, but it is also possible to easily get a prescription from a doctor. Due to the ease of access to sleeping pills, they are also commonly abused.
Like any other drug, with chronic abuse of a substance come the risk factors associated with the drugs. With sleeping pills, there is the risk of overdosing. The pills are designed to make you drowsy, if you take too many of the pills it can slow the breathing too much to the point where the individual is no longer breathing. There are also side effects from just taking the medication such as allergic reaction, being too drowsy the day after taking the medication, headache, and much more. These are dangerous medications and offer no real solution to the sleep problem. The medications will cause your sleep to become worse before evening back out when you come off the medications initially. This can make staying on the sleeping pills or going back to them seem like the right thing to do especially if you are making that decision while exhausted. If you or someone you love is struggling with a drug dependency, get help today. Drug treatment programs are a good first step towards the road to recovery.
Here is a list of the different alcohol and drug addiction resources for sleeping pills addiction in South Dakota. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.