Barbiturates are drugs that produce a calming effect for those who use them. They can also work as pain blockers. Barbiturates belong to the drug category known as “sedatives.” This is because of the relaxing effect they cause. At one point in time, these drugs were widely prescribed for things like anxiety and sleeping problems. But, over time, people began to use these drugs recreationally. Substance abuse and barbiturate addiction became a problem for many of the people who were using barbiturates. Eventually, most medically prescribed barbiturates were replaced benzodiazepines. These drugs, commonly known as “benzos,” were supposedly less harmful as they were supposed to cause fewer side effects than barbiturates. Still, many people have found themselves suffering from barbiturate dependence and addiction problems. Medical barbiturates are meant to help people who suffer from anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms, and sleep disorders. But, people use these drugs recreationally in order to experience specific results.
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Again, some people may take legal, prescription barbiturates. Legal forms of barbiturates include Amytal, Butisol, and Nembutal. Street names for illicit barbiturates include the following: “barbs,” “downers,” “yellow jackets,” and “sleepers.” After using these drugs for a while, people can become physically and psychologically dependent on them. As a result, they may begin to misuse, abuse, and develop an addiction to these drugs. This means that they may begin to use them outside of the medically recommended use and dosage. Some individuals use barbiturates even if they haven’t been prescribed these medications. Others use higher doses than they have been prescribed. When an individual abuses or misuses barbiturates, he or she may not feel “normal” without the drugs. That’s because the body grows used to functioning and operating under the influence of barbiturates. And, as a result of this dependency, it becomes very hard to end substance abuse without the right kind of help.
The main reason for this abuse is the pleasurable effects that barbiturates cause. In addition to the calming effects of these drugs, users can also experience a state of euphoria. Euphoria is a pleasurable experience that often causes people to continue using substances, regardless of how harmful they are. But euphoria is only one of the effects of barbiturate use. Users may also experience some unpleasant effects. Some of the short-term effects of barbiturate use include things like:
- Slurred speech
- Abdominal pain
- Impaired judgment
- Lack of coordination
- Low blood pressure
Withdrawing from Barbiturate Abuse and Dependence.
As mentioned earlier, it can be very difficult for people to end substance dependence in their lives. Addiction causes people to become entirely dependent on the influence of drugs or alcohol. This dependence is both psychological and physical. So, people often think they need the substance to function. This is because the body gets used to the way the drug makes it feel. As a result, individuals who are dependent on a specific drug or alcohol may find it hard to stop using, even if they are aware of the negative effects of drug use. But, the good news is that there is hope for those who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. People who are dealing with barbiturate abuse can find freedom with the help of a professional medical detox program.
After the body becomes used to the effects of barbiturates, it becomes difficult for a person to stop using the substance. This is mainly because the body goes into somewhat of a state of shock. This “shock” is known as withdrawal. Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms can be very unpleasant. And, without the help of a medical detox program, these symptoms can even be dangerous to those who are going through withdrawal. If a person stops using barbiturates after having used them for a while, he or she may experience things like insomnia and anxiety. Sometimes, individuals who are going through withdrawal may feel weak, fatigued, and have problems with their vision. Psychosis has also been known to affect those who are barbiturate withdrawal, causing people to suffer from delirium and hallucinations. Nausea, vomiting, shakiness, tremors, and excessive perspiration are also symptoms of withdrawal. Seizures may also occur.
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