Halcion Addiction and Abuse

Were you prescribed Halcion to help you sleep and now you find yourself unable to go without it? If this is the case, you should not feel depressed or discouraged, addiction is an unfortunate circumstance that could happen to anyone. Often with Halcion, people end up using the medicine to help them fall asleep at night and before they know it, they’ve begun a downward spiral of prescription drug abuse and addiction. If you are feeling helpless, scared, lost, or confused then you are in the right place.

As is the case with many prescriptions, Halcion is commonly abused, and the potential for abuse, and becoming addicted to it, is high. So, if you find that you’re struggling with a dependency or addiction to this prescription medication, you’re not alone.

Halcion Addiction and Abuse

Unlike Ambien, Halcion abuse is related to benzodiazepine abuse, as it belongs to the same drug class as Xanax. This means Halcion will give off a euphoric feeling and put you to sleep. On our web page on Ambien abuse, we mention that the Center for Disease Control estimates that 40-60 million people have sleeping issues in America. 4 percent of these people have been prescribed a sleep aid. Unfortunately, some are going to become addicted.

If you were prescribed Halcion and became addicted it is okay. These drugs are supposed to be prescribed for a short period of time to help with insomnia and put your body back on the right sleeping schedule.

When you are abusing Halcion, you are letting your body build up a tolerance to the drug. With time, you will develop a dependence that makes you want to take more pills more frequently in order to feel its effects. Once you reach this point your Halcion addiction has already developed.

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Signs and Symptoms of Halcion

For some, Halcion abuse may be difficult to recognize. Since it is a prescription, you might not feel that you are doing anything wrong. If you are not sure if you are abusing your Halcion then you should ask yourself these questions.

  • Do you take Halcion when you think you could sleep without it?
  • Are you taking your medication every 2 hours instead of every 4?
  • Do you take Halcion and try to stay awake?
  • Are you taking more pills at once to feel its original effects?
  • Are you abusing over-the-counter sleep aids when out of your Halcion?

You or your loved one will continue to display these observable traits until professional help is sought and appropriate treatment in a rehab center is received.

Side Effects of Halcion

According to the Food & Drug Administration, Halcion is a sedative-hypnotic. Sedative hypnotics are designed to make you fall asleep very fast. The FDA warns of the dangers of Halcion abuse on its website.

Short-Term Effects of Halcion

When taking a sedative-hypnotic like Halcion you run the risk of getting out of your bed at night and not even knowing it! The FDA warns of other activities you may do in your sleep while taking Halcion

Such as:

  • Sleepwalking
  • Driving a car
  • Making and eating food
  • Talking on the phone
  • Having sex

Long-Term Effects

  • Abnormal thoughts or behaviors
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Overdose Symptoms of Halcion

Taking too much Halcion at once can lead to numerous conditions, and can even be fatal. Unfortunately, an addict’s reasoning is not always logical when they want to get high, and may take too much Halcion for an intensified effect. For this reason, there are overdose symptoms to look for if you or your loved one is abusing Halcion:

  • Confusion
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Coordination difficulty
  • Respiratory depression
  • Coma

If you think that you or your loved one is experiencing these symptoms, you should call 911 immediately

Halcion Withdrawal and Treatment

Halcion withdrawal can be an unpleasant experience, once your body is used to having so much Halcion in its system, it needs to get back into its normal chemical balance. Common  Halcion withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Seizures

If you choose to seek inpatient drug detox treatment you will be medically supervised during your withdrawal. Medical professionals will do everything they can to help make your withdrawal and detox experience as relaxing as possible.

While you detox from this medication, you might crave Halcion in order to feel better. With specialized treatment, you will feel safe and comfortable. And we can’t stress enough the importance of medical supervision during your detox. At the right rehab center, you will have access to non-narcotic medications that staff can administer to help ease some of your symptoms. Once your body detoxifies, the next step is to learn how you can live a more fulfilling life without Halcion.

Halcion Treatment and Rehab

There is a wide range of treatment options available for your Halcion abuse, some you’ve probably never thought of. The treatment and therapies available for you can be a bit overwhelming, which is why we recommend talking to a professional before you decide on your treatment options.

If you are going to go away for rehab then you might be nervous, excited, afraid or even angry. You should know that you are making the right choice! There are many people who never go to rehab or get clean from their prescription drug addictions. You can be one of the people who lived through addiction and lived to tell it.

Rehab Treatment Process:

  • Step 1: Intake – When you arrive at your facility you will be assessed by the medical professionals to determine your treatment through detox, as well as your rehabilitation program.
  • Step 2: Detox – After your assessment or intake you will be taken to your room where you can rest and be monitored while you go through the withdrawal of your drug use. Detox can range from 1 day to a week, depending on the drug of choice and the user.
  • Step 3: Rehab – After you finish detox you will be ready to begin your addiction treatment, which can range from a variety of different options. This is when you will be able to meet others, attend lectures, participate in group or individual counseling, and learn the tools you need to stay clean.
  • Step 4: Aftercare – When your time at the facility is over, you will have to go back to your life. This can be a challenge for a lot of people, but part of your treatment includes aftercare. This is usually outpatient counseling in a group or individualized setting, where you are slowly introduced back to your life and responsibilities.

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Addressing Halcion Addiction

Coming to Terms with Your Halcion Addiction

Nobody likes to have to admit that they are struggling with an addiction, but the truth is, it can happen to anyone. Halcion is a powerful medication, and when you can’t imagine being able to sleep without taking it, it is very possible that you might have developed a dependence on it. The only way to know for sure is to talk to a medical professional to determine if you need treatment to help you stop taking this medication.

Helping a Friend or Family Member Address Their Halcion Addiction

Because Halcion is prescribed, it may be difficult for your loved one to realize and accept their addiction. Drug addiction, in general, is a tough topic to discuss, especially when it concerns a loved one. For this reason, we have provided some advice you can consider when addressing your loved one’s addiction.


  • Make sure they are not high when having the conversation
  • Tell them that you love them and care about their well-being
  • Tell them that you know about their addiction
  • Offer them hope


  • Wait for your loved one to hit rock bottom to have this conversation
  • Have this conversation alone, bring other loved ones who care about him or her
  • Bluff; stand your ground on any promises or threats you make
  • Don’t use confrontational or aggressive communication

The Bottom Line: You Can Beat Halcion Addiction

If you’ve reached this point it is hard to deny the fact that you’re serious about beating your Halcion addiction, and that is something to have pride in and celebrate. Your life matters and there is no reason why you should allow a drug to dictate the rest of your life when help is available.

Remember, choosing to go into a drug rehab treatment center for drug abuse will help you rid yourself of the horrible side effects you’ve had to endure, extend your life span, and most importantly place you on track towards regaining your own life. So don’t fight addiction alone. Instead, allow us to help you live the life you deserve to have.

Payment Options for Halcion Abuse Treatment

If you are thinking about getting treatment for your Halcion addiction, but are hesitant because of the cost, you shouldn’t be!
If you are serious about your recovery from Halcion addiction, then call us today. We can find out about you and your addiction and determine what treatment options are best for you. You don’t have to live this way anymore, change is possible and is waiting for you!

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Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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