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Barbiturates Treatment & Withdrawal

Even briefly and in the short term, barbiturates, if taken in excess, can quickly reach dangerous levels and exert potentially deadly effects. Also, the risk is even higher as barbiturates are frequently combined with other substances such as alcohol, narcotic painkillers, and even stimulants.

About Barbiturate Withdrawal

Barbiturates are not widely used today, but if you or a loved one is addicted to a barbiturate and have tried to stop, you know how unsettling the experience can be when withdrawal symptoms begin to appear. They are enough to drive almost anyone to keep using the drug. It’s what barbiturate dependence is, after all. Someone who is physiologically dependent on a barbiturate needs to keep using the drug in order to feel okay. If they stop or suddenly and significantly reduce their intake, withdrawal symptoms inevitably appear.

As is normally thought to be the case with caffeine, substance dependence can be relatively harmless at times. Many experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they quit drinking coffee, but few people think caffeine addiction is very concerning. Unfortunately, barbiturate dependence and withdrawal are dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Medical detox is required for a safe and effective barbiturate withdrawal experience.

Flyland Is A Barbiturate Withdrawal Treatment Center

Barbiturate addiction and withdrawal require professional medical assistance. Withdrawal symptoms range in severity from mild to deadly. Medical detox should be undertaken in an accredited barbiturate withdrawal treatment center. With highly personalized and effective barbiturate detox programs, Flyland makes the barbiturate withdrawal experience as safe and comfortable as possible.

Barbiturate Withdrawal Timeline And Severity

The length and severity of withdrawal depend on different things which include, but are not limited to, the following:

the specific barbiturate used

how long the drug takes to leave the body

length of time dependent on the drug

frequency of use


Most withdrawal symptoms are usually gone after about two weeks, but some can persist. Depression, anxiety, and insomnia can last for months, and drug cravings can lead to relapse. Barbiturate withdrawal aftercare treatment is important for continued long-term success.


The Best Barbiturate Withdrawal Treatment Programs

Barbiturate withdrawal is a serious matter that requires around-the-clock medical supervision and care. Because of this, inpatient medical detox is recommended in most cases. Inpatient rehab facilities provide barbiturate detox programs, medical care, therapy, integrative treatments, and other services. Flyland utilizes proven treatment methods in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Barbiturate Withdrawal Medications

When treating barbiturate withdrawal, phenobarbital is sometimes used as a replacement for the addicting substance. It is a long-acting barbiturate that provides more constant blood levels than short-acting barbiturates and can be tapered safely under medical supervision. Symptom-specific medications are administered for nausea, depression, anxiety, and more. Select medications can also be given in case of an emergency, and it highlights the necessity of medical detox. Withdrawal should never be attempted at home.

Dangers Of Barbiturate Withdrawal

Because the symptoms and severity of barbiturate withdrawal depend on a number of different variables, it isn’t possible to say who is at increased risk of the dangers associated with more severe symptoms. However, seizures, depression, and anxiety can lead to dangerous outcomes. Delirium is possible, and in some cases, circulatory failure and death can occur.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For many individuals struggling with barbiturate addiction, the addiction began innocently by taking prescription drugs needed to function each day, like pain medication or sleeping pills. Barbiturate addiction is no different, and we know what a struggle it is to battle barbiturate drug abuse. It can often present with co-occurring mental health disorders or in combination with another addiction. To battle a barbiturate addiction successfully, intervention and professional addiction treatment are needed. This is not a battle to tackle alone.

Barbiturate Addiction is the obsession, physiological dependence on, or mental dependence upon the substance. Barbiturates are highly addictive. Because someone is prescribed Barbiturates does not mean they will not or cannot become addicted to it. Barbiturate addiction is a compulsive desire to use the drug despite all of the negative consequences that happen as a result of its use.

A person abusing a barbiturate will use the drug more than intended at a higher dose than prescribed and in other ways than prescribed and in combination with other substances.

An individual abusing barbiturates may include:

Consuming the drug without a prescription

Being unsuccessful at ending the use of the drug

Spending more effort and money to acquire the drug

A change in interests and activities

Needing more of the barbiturates to feel the effects

Most barbiturates are controlled substances, indicating a high potential for addiction, abuse, and dependence. Someone addicted to barbiturates needs professional treatment as this is not a battle that can be won alone. At Flyland Recovery Network, we help you put an end to your barbiturate addiction, begin the recovery process with an intervention plan.

Most barbiturates are controlled substances, indicating a high potential for addiction, abuse, and dependence. When barbiturates are consumed, they trigger chemical changes in the brain. Barbiturates increase GABA activity, a neurotransmitter that relays signals between brain cells, which leads to slowed brain activity and sedation.

Barbiturates can have desirable effects, including anxiety relief and mild euphoria. These positive feelings intensify desires and ongoing use, often with increasing frequency and dosing, as the body becomes tolerant to the effects quickly. This raises the risk of barbiturate addiction and fatal overdose.

A Barbiturate addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually requires more than determination, a strong will, or good intentions. Barbiturates change the brain, making it hard to stop even for someone who wants to do so.

A person addicted to barbiturates may experience feeling irritable or uncomfortable when trying to stop or as the drug wears off. Additionally, they may experience intense cravings for more of the drug when it is not available and continue to use it even when there is a risk to mental and physical health.

Barbiturate dependence describes a physical addiction to the drug and can also mean an emotional or psychological addiction. Once dependent on a barbiturate, a person will usually develop a tolerance to the drug.

Barbiturate addiction describes a pattern of using barbiturates that causes problems, consequences, and impairment. For example, suppose an individual spends a lot of time intoxicated and recovering from intoxication, experiencing isolation and more conflicts, and failing to meet obligations and responsibilities. In that case, they could have a barbiturate addiction.

Common symptoms of barbiturate abuse can include but are not limited to:

Decreased Anxiety

Slurred speech


Respiratory depression



Respiratory arrest


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