Barbiturate Addiction & Detox

Barbiturate use or abuse for longer than a month by any individual may lead to drug addiction both physically and psychologically.  Heavy users of barbiturates face dangerous levels of withdrawal symptoms and should only attempt a barbiturate detox under medical supervision.  Medical detox treatment of barbiturate withdrawal is an extended process and should be monitored closely to avoid neurological problems, or damage to nerve cells, potential physical injuries during convulsions as well as coma or death.  Do not attempt to quite using barbiturates “cold turkey” if you are a heavy user of barbiturates have become addicted with a high tolerance.

Barbiturates are primarily used these days as a hospital anesthetic for emergencies and to prevent seizures for Epilepsy.  Benzodiazepine use has replaced barbiturates prescriptions by the medical profession.

Although the medical profession has decreased the availability of barbiturates there has been a rise in street drug use of the drug and it’s addiction.

Pharmacuetical Names & Common Street Names

Amobarbital is also known on the street as:  blue devils, blue velvet, blue heavens, downers

Pentobarbital is known on the street as:  Mexican yellows, abbots, yellow jackets, nembies

Phenobarbital is known on the street as:  Goof balls, purple hearts

Secobarbital is known on the street as:  Seggy, pink ladies, F-40s, lilly, red devils, red birds, reds

Tuinal is known on the street as: F-66s, gorilla pills, double trouble, tooies, reds and blues, rainbows

Teens or adult addicts may use a barbiturate to reduce the anxiety or amped up feeling of meth, cocaine or amphetamines. Because of the narrow therapeutic index taking a barbiturate street drug can cause coma or death if taken inappropriately. Low dose symptoms include the user being drowsy, uninhibited and intoxicated. At higher dosages the user appears drunk with slurred speech and is highly confused. Again, a high dose can cause a person to go into a coma and may stop breathing.

Mental cravings for barbiturates can last for months or in some cases years. A substance abuse program, counseling and joining a support group is highly encouraged after detox.

Getting Help & Barbiturate Detox

Acknowledging a drug problem takes tremendous strength from the individual deciding to change their life and take control again.  A person who has the problem who seeks help should be very proud of themselves.

Drug abuse affects millions of people and their families worldwide.  It is nothing to be ashamed of because you are not alone.  Every race, social class and culture deals with this issue.

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