Overall, in 2018, the state of Tennessee had 1,818 drug-related deaths according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Tennessee, like many other states, has struggled with the number of drug-related deaths or overdose deaths continuing to rise. Sleeping pills are among the many drugs that are being abused today. In standard practice, sleeping medications are designed to assist people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep by making them calm and drowsy. The body, however, can become physically dependent on the medications even if taken as the doctor prescribed them, and if you try to stop taking them the sleeping problems will become worse than before the medications were started. As the body becomes physically dependent, the tolerance of the user will also increase meaning they will need to take more of the medications to achieve the same results they once did. This makes withdrawal from the medications much more difficult and more dangerous. Because of this, it is imperative that anyone with an addiction to these medications makes sure to get help at a detox center or substance abuse treatment.
There are many factors as to why someone is having difficulty obtaining enough quality sleep. Factors include other medications being taken, stress, too much caffeine or nicotine especially late in the day, or underlying health conditions. It is recommended to address and handle anything that could be affecting your sleep before resulting in using medicated assistance to sleep. The medication will not actually address the problem of not getting enough sleep but rather it will mask the problem. The medications will become a permanent part of your life until the underlying issue as to why you are not sleeping is addressed. If you are struggling with a sleeping pill dependency, seek treatment today. Drug and alcohol treatment programs will assist with getting off of the medications and able to address the necessary problems to achieve long-term sobriety.