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Ambien Detox Center in Utah

Written by Drew Redd. Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy.

Are you caught in a cycle of Ambien dependence? We can help you break free.

With empathy and care, our team will walk with you through the drug detox process, ushering out the medication’s hold. Surrounded by nature’s tranquility, you’ll rediscover wellbeing and self-care practices that nourish body and soul.

The road ahead may be difficult, but you will not travel it alone. Lean on our Ambien addiction treatment center through the darkness until blissful slumber and lasting healing become your new normal. There is hope—let us kindle it together.

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What is Ambien?

Ambien (generic name zolpidem) is a prescription sedative-hypnotic medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Here are some key facts about Ambien:

  1. It is a central nervous system depressant that belongs to a class of medications called imidazopyridines.
  2. It works by enhancing the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA to initiate sleep.
  3. Ambien comes in immediate and extended release oral tablet formulations. Common dosages are 5mg or 10mg taken before bedtime.
  4. It helps reduce the time to fall asleep and increases overall sleep time in those with insomnia.
  5. Ambien is only recommended for short-term use for a few weeks. Long-term use runs the risk of dependence and side effects.
  6. Potential side effects include daytime drowsiness, dizziness, headache, and may impair driving and other tasks the next morning.
  7. Ambien has been associated with complex sleep behaviors like sleepwalking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating with no memory of the events.
  8. It has a high potential for abuse and dependence with long-term use. Withdrawal symptoms may occur with abrupt stopping.
  9. It is classified as a controlled substance by the DEA as a Schedule IV drug indicating it has an accepted medical use but also potential for misuse.
  10. Brand name Ambien was first approved by the FDA in 1992. It became available as a generic drug in 2007 when the patent expired.

What Is an Ambien Detox?

An Ambien detox is the process of removing Ambien, a prescription medication commonly prescribed to help people fall asleep, from the body after taking it for an extended period of time.

An Ambien detox is typically conducted under medical supervision to help manage withdrawal symptoms that can occur when stopping the medication. The goal is to clear Ambien from the system and reduce symptoms of detox and withdrawal from these prescription drugs.

Once detox is complete, ongoing treatment is usually recommended to help teach healthier alternatives for managing insomnia and getting restful sleep without relying on sleeping pills.

What Are the Signs of an Addiction to Ambien?

Recognizing signs of Ambien addiction is the first step to beating it. Here are typical indicators of Ambien abuse and addiction:

  1. Heightened tolerance: you require larger Ambien doses to achieve the desired sleep-inducing effects.
  2. Obsessive cravings: an incessant urge to take Ambien, accompanied by a preoccupation with obtaining and using the medication.
  3. Neglected responsibilities: people who abuse Ambien often neglect daily responsibilities and commitments due to excessive Ambien use, which impacts work, school, or personal obligations.
  4. Withdrawal symptoms: experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to reduce or halt Ambien use, which can include insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness.
  5. Social isolation: withdrawing from social interactions with family and friends due to Ambien use, leading to increased isolation.
  6. Continued use despite consequences: persisting in Ambien use despite being aware of its adverse effects on health, relationships, or daily functioning.
  7. Risky actions: Ambien addicts often engage in risky behaviors to obtain Ambien, such as visiting multiple doctors for prescriptions or obtaining the medication through illicit means.
  8. Neglected self-care: ignoring personal hygiene and appearance due to the preoccupation with Ambien use.
  9. Mood swings: sudden mood and behavioral changes, including irritability, mood swings, and uncharacteristic aggression.
  10. Financial strain: facing financial difficulties and frequently requesting money without a valid explanation to support Ambien use.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an Ambien addiction, the dedicated addiction specialists at our Ambien abuse and addiction recovery center can provide the support needed to overcome this challenge.

Our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs are designed to help you or your loved one break free from Ambien’s grip and embark on a path towards a healthier, happier life.

What Are the Side Effects of Long-Term Use of Ambien?

Long-term use of Ambien, while effective for managing short-term insomnia, can lead to serious side effects. Being aware of the risks is important, especially when exceeding the recommended dose of Ambien or taking it for longer than recommended. 

Here are some common side effects of Ambien use:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Drugged feeling
  • Headache
  • Memory problems
  • Hallucinations (rare)

Long-term Ambien use increases both the risk, and potentially the severity of side effects. 

Some of the serious side effects of Ambien misuse include:

  • Cognitive decline affecting memory, concentration and brain function
  • Problematic sleep behaviors
  • Increased daytime sleepiness
  • Depressing the central nervous system
  • Need to take higher doses due to tolerance buildup
  • Engaging in activities with no memory of them afterwards
  • Respiratory depression
  • Abnormal behavior or thinking patterns
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Worsening of anxiety or depression
  • Persistent insomnia after discontinuation
  • Harmful medication interactions

Let’s take a deeper look at some of these long-term side effects.

Cognitive Impairment and Cognitive Decline

Ambien works by enhancing the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. While this can help initiate sleep, it can also dampen overall brain activity with regular use over weeks or months. This suppression can impair memory, concentration, learning, and overall cognitive function. 

Studies have found that long-term Ambien users perform worse on tests of memory and cognition compared to non-users. For those relying on sharp mental skills for work or academics, the cognitive dulling from persistent Ambien use can be detrimental. 

Even at prescribed doses, cognitive abilities may suffer after taking Ambien routinely over an extended period. Patients and doctors should carefully weigh the sleep benefits of Ambien against this risk of compromised brain function.

Problematic Sleep Behaviors

Activities like sleepwalking, sleep driving, sleep eating, or making phone calls while not fully awake. These behaviors have led to serious injuries and deaths. Patients should stop taking Ambien if they experience an episode.

CNS Depressant Effects

Impaired alertness, coordination, and increased drowsiness the morning after taking Ambien. This can increase the risk of falls, impaired driving, and performing dangerous tasks. The risk increases when combining Ambien with alcohol or other sedatives.

Severe Allergic Reactions

Symptoms may include swelling of the tongue or throat, trouble breathing, and nausea and vomiting. Ambien should be discontinued if a severe reaction occurs.

Abnormal Thinking and Behavior

One of the more disturbing potential side effects of Ambien is the occurrence of abnormal thinking and behaviors. These can emerge at higher doses taken long-term.

Specifically, Ambien can cause some people to experience:

  • Increased aggressiveness and extroversion that seems out of character
  • Confusion, delirium, and cognitive dysfunction
  • Strange behavior, such as acting drunk or not like oneself
  • Agitation, irritability, and emotional volatility
  • Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations
  • Feelings of paranoia or losing touch with reality
  • Worsening of depression or emergence of suicidal thoughts

These neuropsychiatric changes indicate that Ambien is affecting brain areas beyond those involved in sleep regulation. The underlying mechanism is not fully understood but likely involves enhancement of GABA activity in cognitive and emotional centers of the brain.

Episodes tend to be more common among people misusing Ambien by taking high doses, combining it with alcohol or other drugs, or using it long-term. However, some people may experience such behavioral side effects even when taking Ambien as prescribed.

Respiratory Depression

Ambien can worsen breathing difficulties, especially in those with pre-existing lung disease, sleep apnea, or who are taking opioids.

Abuse and Dependence

There is a risk of building tolerance, dependence, and addiction with prolonged Ambien use. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if the medication is suddenly stopped after regular use.

Rebound Insomnia

Worsening of insomnia after stopping Ambien, especially with higher doses or abrupt discontinuation.

Next-Day Impairment

Lingering drowsiness and cognitive impairment may persist into the next day, affecting driving abilities and performance of other activities.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these side effects of Ambien or struggling with its long-term use, seek guidance from medical professionals and consider alternative sleep management strategies.

Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms

Ambien withdrawal is an array of symptoms that manifest when a person stops taking Ambien cold turkey following a prolonged period of heavy usage.

Both physical and psychological symptoms of Ambien withdrawal are common when stopping Ambien use, and they can be incredibly challenging. Symptoms of Ambien withdrawal include:

  • Intense drug cravings that create a persistent urge for further substance abuse
  • Mood swings and restlessness
  • Physical distress such as nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Heightened anxiety and panic attacks
  • Rebound insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Excessive sweating
  • Runny nose and watery eyes

Getting help from a professional detox facility can ease the Ambien withdrawal process and put you on the path to success. If you or a loved one are struggling with an Ambien addiction, professionals at our Utah detox center are here to help.

How Long Do Ambien Withdrawals Take?

How long Ambien withdrawal lasts depends on the person. It varies based on dose, length of use, body makeup, and lifestyle. Generally, the higher the dose and the longer the use, the more prolonged the withdrawal.

Generally, acute withdrawal symptoms for sedative-hypnotic drugs like Ambien may last around one to two weeks, with some lingering effects for a few more weeks. Ambien may have a prolonged withdrawal period compared to other sleeping pills, and the intensity and duration of symptoms can differ from person to person.

While symptoms typically peak within the first week after quitting Ambien, the withdrawal process can take several weeks to fully run its course, which is why having medical supervision on hand can be immensely helpful at preventing relapse during this time.

What Medication Is Taken for Ambien Withdrawal?

Ambien withdrawal medications we offer to ease psychological and physical symptoms include:

  • Benzodiazepines (such as diazepam) act on the same GABA receptors as Ambien and can help ease withdrawal symptoms. They are typically tapered off slowly.
  • Anti-seizure medications (such as gabapentin) may be used to reduce nervous system hyperactivity during Ambien withdrawal.
  • Over-the-counter sleep aids (such as melatonin or valerian root) can help ease insomnia during withdrawal.
  • Anti-nausea medications (such as ondansetron) to alleviate gastrointestinal effects of withdrawal.
  • Clonidine, blood pressure medication that can lessen anxiety, sweating, restlessness and other sympathetic nervous system overactivity during Ambien withdrawal.
  • Antidepressants (such as trazodone) can help manage depression and insomnia during withdrawal.
  • Hydroxyzine, an antihistamine, may be used short-term to reduce anxiety and promote sleep in withdrawal.
  • Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, relieves withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  • Methadone, a long-acting opioid agonist that prevents withdrawal symptoms, is used as a part of a methadone detox and tapering process.

Medications are most effective when combined with psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and addiction therapy to promote long-term recovery. 

Why Get Help from an Ambien Detox Center?

Seeking treatment from reputable drug detox centers is the best option for those struggling with dependence on Ambien.

Our team of addiction specialists is dedicated to guiding you through detox and onto the path of lifelong sobriety. We offer both holistic and medication-assisted treatment options for Ambien detox in a welcoming, judgment-free environment.

Our programs are tailored to your unique needs, whether you require inpatient care or can detox on an outpatient basis. You’ll receive 24/7 support and medical supervision to safely cleanse your body of Ambien while managing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

With research-based treatment and unwavering compassion, we empower each person to break free from the grip of Ambien dependence and reclaim their brightest future. The first step is yours—contact us today to learn more about our drug detox programs.

What Is Medical Detox?

Medically assisted detox treatments are commonly used to subside symptoms of Ambien withdrawal. This method ensures that you receive the necessary support to manage the withdrawal symptoms that can arise once you stop using Ambien. 

Medical professionals at Ardu closely monitor your progress, adjusting treatment as needed to enhance your comfort and safety during the detox process. Medical detox provides a secure and controlled environment for you to navigate Ambien withdrawal, setting a solid foundation for further treatment and long-term recovery.

What Is a Holistic Detox?

If your fears of replacing one drug with another are stopping you from seeking medical detox, we also offer holistic detox services. Holistic detox relies on self-care and holistic therapy methods—including nutritional therapy, exercise therapy, and yoga therapy—to help you through the Ambien detoxing process.

Holistic detox can be an affordable and beneficial option for some people, such as young, healthy people with no prior history of withdrawal symptoms or failed quitting attempts.

Still, it is important to have skilled supervisors and emergency assistance on hand, which is why you remain medically supervised throughout your detox process at Ardu, even if you’re not taking medications to manage withdrawals.

What Comes After an Ambien Detox?

Detox is the first part of a comprehensive treatment for ambien addiction and abuse, but it must be followed by addiction treatment for sustained recovery. Continuing care for Ambien addiction at our drug rehab center involves a combination of different therapies and aftercare planning aimed at preventing relapse and promoting lasting sobriety.

Behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), are commonly used to help develop healthy coping strategies, modify addictive behaviors, and address the underlying causes of Ambien dependence. Our experienced therapists provide personalized support through individual and group therapy sessions focused on the complexities of Ambien addiction and withdrawal.

In addition to individual therapy, we recognize the importance of family involvement in our patients’ recovery journeys. Family therapy provides a supportive setting for rebuilding trust, enhancing communication, and transforming unhealthy family dynamics. By strengthening this essential support system, we aim to empower those in recovery to maintain sobriety outside of treatment.

We equip you with the tools necessary for sustained, long-term recovery beyond detox. We are committed to delivering comprehensive, evidence-based care that empowers you in your road to recovery and lasting sobriety. Together, we will work towards a brighter future, free from the grip of Ambien addiction.

Inpatient Rehab vs Outpatient Rehab

At Ardu, we provide personalized treatment plans to help people overcome addiction to sleeping medications like Ambien. For those needing intensive support and higher levels of care, our residential program offers round-the-clock medical supervision and counseling in a tranquil, structured environment away from triggers.

People who wish to maintain their daily obligations can benefit from our outpatient treatment offerings, including partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. With flexible daytime and evening hours, these programs allow you to receive intensive group and individual therapy while continuing to live at home.

What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Mental health conditions often go hand-in-hand with addiction, which is why our addiction specialists are skilled in treating co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, in addition to addiction.

Our dual diagnosis program combines addiction therapy with psychotherapy to address the underlying factors that contribute to an Ambien addiction, ensuring that you achieve lasting recovery.

Dual diagnosis services we offer include:

Start Your Sobriety Journey with Ardu Recovery Center

If you are looking for professional help to detox from Ambien, Ardu Recovery Center is the perfect place to take your next step towards sobriety.

Nestled in the peaceful Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah, our rehab provides a tranquil setting to safely taper off Ambien under medical supervision. We offer private, comfortable accommodations and amenities like yoga, meditation spaces, and hiking trails to support your recovery journey.

Our experienced medical team develops customized Ambien detox protocols to make this crucial step towards healing as smooth and supportive as possible. With an array of evidence-based services in our serene environment, we empower each person to break free from sedative dependence and awaken their healthiest self.

In addition to Ambien detox, other detox services we offer include:


Anyone struggling with Ambien abuse or addiction can enroll in our Ambien detox center. 

Our recovery center welcomes people seeking help to overcome their Ambien addiction. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to guide and support you in your addiction treatment process, laying the foundation for long-term recovery and relapse prevention.

How to Enroll

To enroll in our Ambien detox program, contact Ardu Recovery Center online or via phone (801-810-1234). We will work with you to find a recovery path that works for you during the detox process and beyond. Read more about our simple admissions process on our admission process page.

Can I Use My Insurance when Paying for Treatment at Ardu?

You can pay for treatment with your insurance at Ardu if your insurance covers our treatment services (we accept most insurance companies). If you want to verify your insurance coverage and gather more payment information, visit our insurance verification page.

Drew Redd

Drew Redd is the executive director of Ardu Recovery Center and is dedicated to empowering people on their journey to sobriety.

FAQ on Ambien Detox

Does Ardu offer teen treatment for substance abuse?

No, we do not offer treatment services for teens. If you are over 18, feel free to contact us if you are looking for top-notch substance abuse treatment in Utah.

Does Ardu have alcohol addiction treatment centers?

Ardu does have a treatment center that specializes in alcohol addiction treatment. We offer alcohol detox programs, as well as alcohol rehab services, where empathetic and skilled addiction specialists can help you leave alcohol addiction behind and achieve lasting sobriety.

What is behavioral health therapy in addiction treatment?

Behavioral health therapy in addiction treatment focuses on addressing the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction. It aims to identify and modify negative patterns of thinking and behavior that contribute to substance abuse or behavioral addictions. 

Behavioral therapy can be an essential component of addiction treatment, helping you develop coping skills, improve self-control, and achieve long-term recovery.

Does Ardu offer a virtual tour of their facilities?

No, we do not offer a virtual tour of our facilities. However, if you want to visit us in person, we’d love to show you around and have you meet the team.

Is it safe to take Ambien every night?

Taking Ambien every night for an extended period is generally not considered safe. Regular use can lead to dependence, tolerance, and potential side effects. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and avoid prolonged use without medical supervision.

Does Ambien build up in your system?

Ambien can accumulate in your system with regular use, leading to increased effects and a higher risk of adverse reactions. To avoid this, take Ambien only as prescribed and do exceed the recommended dosage or duration.

How long can you be on Ambien?

Ambien is usually prescribed for short-term use, typically two to six weeks, to treat insomnia. Long-term use may lead to dependence and tolerance. If you require ongoing treatment for insomnia, your healthcare provider may consider other options or recommend intermittent use to minimize the risk of dependence.

Is Zolpidem habit forming?

Zolpidem is the generic name for Ambien, and it can be habit-forming, especially with prolonged use or misuse. It’s classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance due to its potential for abuse and dependence. If you’re looking for a detox center that can help you through Zolpidem withdrawal, contact our drug and alcohol treatment facility, and we’ll help you leave this prescription drug behind.

Why do people get prescribed Ambien?

Ambien is commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and sleep disorders. The sedative effect of Ambien helps people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. However, it’s essential to use Ambien as directed by a healthcare professional, as it can have side effects and potential interactions with other prescription medications.

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