Sleeping problems happen for a variety of reasons, such as stress, grief, illness, substance abuse, medication or simply genetics. Having difficulty getting to sleep or waking in the night is common, usually short-lived and often resolves on its own. However, if insomnia becomes severe, your doctor may prescribe a sleeping pill, such as zopiclone. This type of medication is not recommended for prolonged use and if taken in high doses, may cause the user to develop a zopiclone addiction.
Zopiclone is a hypnotic medication sold under the brand name Zimovane®. It belongs to a class of medications known as Z drugs, which are licensed to treat short-term insomnia. These drugs work by boosting the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, a naturally calming chemical that helps you get to sleep. When used for the prescribed length of time (up to two weeks), zopiclone is a safe and effective drug. However, due to its ability to induce a tranquil state of mind and pleasurable high, it is also highly addictive.
At Delamere, we help people suffering from prescription drug addiction at our residential retreat in Cheshire. We can provide a calming environment to safely withdraw from the physical dependence on sleeping pills, alongside a broad range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques to help you overcome your zopiclone addiction.
If you need help with zopiclone addiction, contact our team today and learn more about the different programmes we offer here at Delamere.
People who have been prescribed zopiclone for severe insomnia usually take it before bed to speed up the time it takes to fall asleep. Taking more sleeping pills than you need at other times of the day is one of the warning signs of zopiclone addiction. An individual who is abusing zopiclone may get anxious when they run out of pills and try to obtain the medication via illicit means. They may also display physical symptoms such as slurred speech, uncoordinated movements and the inability to complete simple tasks.
Zopiclone is often abused by people suffering with anxiety and depression for its calming effect on the brain. It is also frequently combined with other substances, such as alcohol and painkillers to intensify the euphoric state. This can be extremely dangerous, even fatal. It’s important to only take zopiclone as directed. If you, or someone you love, has been prescribed zopiclone and are finding it hard to stick to the recommended dose or developing daily cravings, it’s time to seek professional help.
Common signs and symptoms of zopiclone addiction:
Requiring increasing amounts to fall asleep
Being unable to stop taking zopiclone
Avoiding work, social or family commitments
Withdrawing from previously enjoyed activities
Experiencing mood swings, cravings or withdrawal symptoms
Struggling with zopiclone addiction? Talk to us today.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that the lowest dose of zopiclone should be used for the shortest period of time, warning that the many risks associated with taking hypnotics, such as falls, cognitive impairment, dependence and withdrawal symptoms, are well recognised (1).
As a sleeping aid, one of the most obvious side effects of zopiclone is daytime drowsiness, dizziness or frequent nodding off. Drinking alcohol with zopiclone is especially dangerous as it can cause you to drift into a deep sleep that is hard to wake up from. People who are taking zopiclone regularly may also experience memory loss, hallucinations or delusions. Rarely, people who are addicted to sleeping pills may also develop parasomnias, such as sleepwalking, sleep-eating, or even sleep-driving.
It’s hard to tell if someone is addicted to zopiclone but over the course of time they may experience side effects such as chest pain, heart palpitations, stomach pain, constipation, dry mouth, flu-like symptoms. Depression is also common due to zopiclone’s ability to alter brain chemistry. Someone suffering from zopiclone addiction will begin to lose interest in normal activities, start to withdraw from life and neglect work or family commitments.
It’s surprisingly common for people to develop a prescription drug addiction. Sleeping pills like zopiclone are often seen as safe and non-addictive. However, any substance that gives pleasure or helps relaxation can quickly become ingrained in people’s lives with damaging consequences. If you recognise zopiclone addiction in yourself or someone else, it’s time to get help.
Overcoming addiction is a challenging process and one that takes great commitment from the person receiving treatment as well as their family and support network. A residential rehab programme under expert medical supervision can help you to physically withdraw from the grip of zopiclone as well as treat the psychological and emotional impact of your addiction.
The first part of a treatment plan for zopiclone addiction involves detoxification, a necessary process to reduce the body’s physical dependence on drugs. Never try to withdraw from zopiclone without medical help as the withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant. Typical symptoms include anxiety, tremors, confusion, paranoia, irritability and muscular aches and pains.
Delamere is a purpose-built wellness retreat that has been specifically designed to help people undergo a safe and comfortable drug detox. Our holistic therapists are on hand to help guests throughout every part of the process, both physically withdrawing from zopiclone and mentally rebuilding their lives. We use a combination of one-to-one counselling, group therapy sessions and somatic healing techniques, including equine therapy, to help our guests free themselves from addiction.
Want to find out more about zopiclone addiction? Talk to us today
At Delamere, we believe in taking a person-centred approach to treating zopiclone addiction. This means each residential rehab programme is tailored to your particular needs, focusing on all aspects of your health and well-being: physical, emotional and psychological. We will begin your treatment plan with a clinically supported drug detox in the comfort of our state-of-the-art retreat.
Your personal focal therapist will help you in the initial stages to gradually understand the reason for your addiction. This begins with one-to-one counselling sessions and progresses to a variety of group work exercises which will help you identify the triggers for your addictive behaviour. You will also have access to a wide range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques and somatic healing experiences to support your journey to recovery in tranquil forest surroundings.
Our holistic therapists take a unique three-step approach to zopiclone addiction which will help you stop your cravings, start the healing process and grow beyond addiction.
Settle into your new environment
and remove yourself from
Spend time with our therapists to discover what led you to this behaviour in the first placeDelamere treatment model
Set healthy boundaries,
exciting new goals and prepare for
life after Delamere
Stopping the cycle of addiction or burnout safely and comfortably
pain is causing
Instilling tools to help facilitate change and encourage continued growth
Everything we do here is about outcomes. Focusing on getting you back to yourself again in the short term, but then growing beyond that when you leave Delamere. Helping you create the foundations for long-term recovery and growth.
There’s no one-size-fits-all here. We listen, learn and tailor our programmes to meet your personal needs, whatever they may be. Your journey to recovery is yours, so we design our programmes with you in mind.
Nature and creativity often bring out the best in people, especially after a difficult period in their life. We offer equine and art therapy, fire ceremonies, nature walks and more to help you relax, reflect and see the world in a new way.
Martin Preston, Founder & CEO at Delamere
If a friend, family member or work colleague is addicted to prescription drugs, it’s important they get help.
Our admissions team is on hand 24/7 to help answer any questions about our programmes and make sure your loved one gets the support they need.
Call the team today on 0330 111 2015 to discuss the different options available.
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