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Ambien and Alcohol. Ambien Addiction and Abuse

Mixing of any form of drugs without medical advice is always a dangerous move. A drug may be subtle, but it could turn into poison once it’s combined with other substances. One of such lethal interactions is Ambien and alcohol. 

Ambien is a prescription drug known in the pharmaceutical field as Zollpidem. It is commonly used in the treatment of sleep disorders such as insomnia. Just like alcohol, Ambien is a central nervous system depressant. It works by stimulating brain areas such as the pineal gland to release melatonin which is responsible for inducing sleep. It is the absence of sufficient melatonin that results in sleep deprivation.

Ambien is a highly monitored prescription drug whose prolonged use may lead to addiction. Usually, patients are placed on Ambien therapy for a maximum of two weeks. It is also not sold over the counter because of its high potency. However, rogue chemists tap on vulnerable sleep-deprived individuals leading addiction.

Mixing Ambien With Alcohol

It’s almost natural for some people to swallow Ambien pills with their last gulp of wine. People who are sleep deprived may also decide to drink alcohol to ‘calm their nerves.’ All these scenarios serve as potential instances when Ambien and alcohol addiction begins. Both Ambien and alcohol are nervous system depressants. 

This means that they slow down brain function, driving you into a ‘drowsy’ state. Mixing may cause the brain to become depressed too far to a point where vital functions are compromised. 

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Here are some of the complications associated with mixing Ambien and alcohol:

Side Effects of Mixing Ambien and Alcohol

When missed together, Ambien and alcohol enhance each other’s effects in a synergistic manner. This means that the side effects of Ambien and alcohol add up producing a mixture that is highly potent.Some of the common side effects include :

  • Extreme dizziness 
  • Fainting 
  • Impaired judgment 
  • Disorientation and confusion 
  • Drowsiness 
  • Sleepwalking 

The most severe effect of mixing alcohol is an Ambien overdose. This can occur even if the patient took only the prescribed Ambien dose. It’s the alcohol that multiplies the effects of Ambien to almost 3-fold. The following are signs associated with an Ambien overdose:

  • Unconsciousness 
  • Pointed pupils 
  • Breathing difficulties, especially in people with pre-existing respiratory problems.
  • Death

Ambien overdose is a medical emergency that must be treated as soon as possible. If not treated early, the patient could go into a vegetative coma, which may lead to death. Always monitor people who you may think are on sleeping medication like Ambien. Providing the right information to the doctor,about the drug that was taken is the difference between life and death.

Ambien, on its own, also increases the chances of parasomnia. Patients using Ambien are usually advised to avoid using machinery or driving because they could cause accidents. Combining Ambien and alcohol is a definite assurance of the incidence of parasomnia. 

Why Professional Help Is Important

Contrary to popular opinion, at-home detox treatments are not 100% effective. The home environment exposes individuals to constant threats that lead to relapses. Drugs are always at the patient’s disposal. Attending support group meetings may work but they’re hard to follow when the addiction is chronic.

At home, it is also harder and more dangerous when dealing with withdrawal. When not well supervised, withdrawal symptoms could lead to fatalities. Ambien and alcohol addiction is particularly hard to deal with as a result of the sleep condition. 

Treatment first addresses alcohol addiction and then the Ambien abuse. Care must be taken to ensure patients are as comfortable as possible. Lack of sleep is one of the withdrawal effects of Ambien abuse therapy, and so care must be taken to address this. 

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Novo detox is the place for quality and accredited addiction treatment. We are a luxury detox and rehabilitation center located in Los Angeles, California. Our facility provides residential detox treatments for all sorts of drug addictions, including Ambien addiction. 

Our main goal is getting our patients through the withdrawal process and then keeping them comfortable throughout recovery. All our staff are certified professionals who are well versed in addiction treatment and therapy. 

We recognize that everyone that walks through our doors is different. Therefore, all our services are also curated to best suit each patient’s individual needs. 

Here Are Some of the Programs (but Not Limited To) That We Offer:

Prescription drug detox: Approximately 45 million Americans unknowingly abuse prescription drugs each year. Addiction to prescription drugs is also tough to diagnose. This is because patients who are addicted hide behind the curtain of ‘seeking treatment’ for an underlying condition. 

Once individuals try to stop, they start feeling unwell and assume that they’re just sick. They then go back to using the drug to cure the ‘illness’ when, in fact, they’re addicts. Sometimes, prescription drug addiction is hard to treat, especially when the patient was receiving legitimate treatment. 

Our staff includes medical professionals who help wash out the drugs from the patient’s body in the safest way. We do this by using medication that helps to slowly taper off the concentration of the drug in the body. We then monitor our patients for any side effects during the withdrawal process.

  • Alcohol Detox Treatment: Many individuals usually come to our facility after trying to quit alcohol at home. Withdrawal associated with alcohol is often one of the hardest forms of withdrawal. That is why individuals experience multiple relapses when trying to detox unprofessionally. Professional alcohol detox is the best option as it guides the individual through the withdrawal process using medication. The patient is also in an environment where alcohol is not easily accessible, thereby enhancing recovery. 
  • Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders: Almost all alcohol and drug abuse cases have an underlying form of mental illness. Many individuals continuously use drugs because of the psychological effects of the absence of the drug. Mental illness such as depression may also be the door that leads to drug use as a coping mechanism. At Novo detox, we take an integrative approach to treating all forms of addiction. We believe that addiction can only be treated if mental issues are also addressed. All our patients take part in group and individual therapy to help address mental illness. Where medication is required, our professionals are also qualified.


Addiction is not the end of one’s life. Society has made it seem as if individuals never can fully recover from addiction. At Novo detox, we believe in our methods and our patients. Our community is a loving and warm place for even the most complex dependencies. There is no addiction under the sun that cannot be treated. Contact us to get help for you or your loved one.