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Addicted to Lunesta (Eszopiclone)

Addicted to Lunesta (Eszopiclone)The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) article “Using Pills to Fall Asleep at Night?” (2013) reports that “doctors wrote nearly 60 million prescriptions (including refills) for Ambien, Lunesta, and other prescription sleep aids in 2012.” While taking a pill to fall asleep may seem harmless, AARP also reports that sleeping pills sent over 19,000 people to the emergency room in 2010. These emergency room visits weren’t always the result of misuse or overuse, as individuals taking the drug as prescribed may still experience severe side effects.

Sleep aids like Lunesta are habit-forming and addictive, and combining them with other medications or alcohol can be fatal. Combining alcohol and sleeping pills may have the following results:

  • Increased anxiety or depression
  • Decreased ability to function during the day
  • Increased likelihood of serious accidents

Adults taking these pills in an attempt to get a good night’s sleep are at risk for health effects and addiction, yet Lunesta continues to be prescribed, used, and abused.

How Lunesta Addiction Develops

Lunesta and other sleep medications do not produce a full and natural sleep. According to Psychology Today they provide, “an in-between state that allows sleep to come thereafter.” Individuals recreationally using sleep aids stay awake during this period to experience a high. Individuals using Lunesta with a prescription may become tolerant to the effects of the drug or psychologically dependent on it. They may believe they cannot sleep without the drug, and this may be true in some cases, as rebound insomnia is a common withdrawal symptom of sleep aids. However sleeping pills are meant to be taken on a short-term basis, and finding real and non-medication-based solutions to sleeplessness is the only healthy long-term solution. This may involve habit, diet, and lifestyle changes that support regular sleep patterns. Sleeplessness may also be a symptom of an underlying mental health issue such as anxiety, trauma, or depression, and these will need to be addressed before regular sleep patterns can be established.

Treating Sleeping Pill Addiction

Ending an addiction to Lunesta, particularly if the drug is taken in combination with alcohol, opiates, or other substances, will require professional treatment. Addictions that are caught early may be addressed through outpatient therapy, but inpatient addiction treatment offers the best long-term outcomes. Integrated treatment will explore the issues underlying insomnia and drug use, and create real and lasting solutions for a drug-free life and a good night’s sleep.

Help for Lunesta Abuse and Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with sleeplessness and drug or alcohol abuse, please call our toll-free helpline. We are here for you 24 hours a day and will connect you to effective resources for long-lasting solutions to addiction and insomnia.

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