CNS Depressants are Psychoactive Drugs
CNS Depressants affect the brain and spinal cord relaxing them and easing severe tension and anxiousness. They are also referred to as central nervous system depressants.
Sedatives and tranquilizers are classified as CNS depressants that slow down our normal brain function. They're used to treat anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders. Central Nervous System depressants usually come in capsule or pill form.
Central Nervous System Depressants create a calming effect on the brain by decreasing brain activity. There are many types of CNS depressants and they work in their own unique way but they all calm down the brain activity and create instead a calming sensation throughout the body which is definitely beneficial for anyone suffering from sleep disorders or from acute anxiety.
Examples CNS Depressants
Barbiturates like Mebaral (mephobarbital) and Nembutal (pentobarbital sodium) are prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, tension and sleep problems and disorders.
Benzodiazepines like Valium (diazepam), Librium (Chlordiazepoxide HCI), and Xanax (alprazolam) are prescribed for acute stress and panic attacks. There are more sedating benzodiazepines like Halcion (triazolam) and ProSom (estazolam) that are prescribed for short term use in the treatment of sleep disorders. Most of the time, benzodiazepines are only prescribed for short term use.
Sleep Medications like Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta are all CNS depressants and should never be abused or mixed with other depressants or alcohol.
CNS depressants are necessary when treating acute anxiety and sleep disorders but they're no different than any other drug, they are subject to abuse. They are potentially habit forming and should only be taken as prescribed by your physician. These depressants should never be given to anyone unless their physician prescribes them. Unfortunately people try to help medicate others in their life and this could be fatal.
Even if taking a CNS depressant as prescribed by your doctor their can be dangerous side effects. Watch this video that talks about individuals whom have lost thier lives, went to jail along and had thier lives ruined after taking Ambien.
If an individual takes CNS depressants on a long term basis, tolerance to the drug can take place and the individual will need higher doses to get the same affects they received when beginning the medication. Taking CNS depressants long term and at high doses can cause depressant dependency and this leads to addiction.
Those that abuse CNS depressants for the relaxed calming effects and become dependent on them will likely go through withdrawal symptoms if stopping the use without cutting down and slowly weaning themselves from the drug. The same holds true for someone taking the depressants from their physician legitimately.
Benzodiazepines are not life threatening when detoxing but definitely serious and problematic. Some CNS depressants can be fatal when detoxing so never go through this alone without medical help. No matter if you are taking CNS depressants legally from your physician or illegally never stop taking them if you have used them for a good length of time. You will need to be under a physician's care because as stated above, some of them can be life threatening when going through withdrawals and detoxification.
Mixing and Combining CNS Depressants and Other Medications
There are many dangers when combining these depressants with other medications. Many illegal and legal drugs cause CNS depression effects like pain medications, some over the counter cold and allergy medications as well as alcohol does too. This is extremely dangerous because it can slow down your heart and respiration (breathing) and you can die.
Central Nervous System Depressants slow your heart, brain and breathing down and that's what they're meant to do. When you mix them with other drugs or substances that do the same thing you are doubling or tripling your chances of death. This has happened many times and it's just not worth the risk.
Street Names for CNS depressants
- Mebaral and Nembutal; barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, and yellow jackets
- Valium, Xanax and ProSom; candy, downers, sleeping pills and tranks
- Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta; A-minus and zombie pills
CNS Depressant Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms can include cold flashes along with goose bumps and leg movements that are involuntary (impulsive or uncontrollable) along with the other symptoms listed below.
- Muscle pain
- Bone pain
Death can occur depending on the type of depressant abused, if the individual is dependent on other drugs at the same time, duration and severity of abuse and the overall health of the person detoxing. This is serious and shouldn't be taken lightly.
CNS Depressant Addiction Treatment
If a person is addicted and dependent on CNS depressants as well as other substances, treatment for each substance of abuse will need to be treated individually. I know this sounds over-whelming but it is treatable. Detoxification can be complicated as well if there is more than one substance that an individual is dependent on. That's all the more reason to get qualified professional help. Trying to quit on your own under these circumstances can be extremely serious and dangerous.
Behavioral therapy is extremely beneficial not only in treating CNS Depressant dependency but any type of addiction. Addiction not only affects a person physically but mentally and psychologically as well. The emotional and mental part of addiction isn't easy to deal with and it's hard to stay strong and confident every day. Trained Therapists and counselors are there to help you not only with confidence but help you find better ways to deal with stress and everyday challenges that may come your way while working toward recovery and sobriety.
Detoxing can be not only complicated but very uncomfortable. Depending on the extent of abuse and dependency and if there are multiple drugs that are being abused detoxing can be deadly. You need to be in good qualified hands when going through withdrawals and detoxing from acute drug addiction.
Seek help and guidance from an experienced Detoxification Center or Drug and Substance Abuse Facility. 1-800-559-9503 can help you find the right treatment center for your specific drug of abuse no matter where you're located. It's important that you don't do this on your own because your life may depend on it.
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