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Sleep Disorders Medication & Treatments

Sleep Disorders Treatment at Promises

Many clients who come to Promises for treatment may be suffering from sleep disorders that either contributed to their substance use or developed as a result of their drug or alcohol use. Clients seeking insomnia help or sleep disorders treatment receive evidence-based care that treats both the sleep disorder and the substance dependency. Potential sleep disorders treatments include behavioral therapies, mindfulness and relaxation techniques, neurofeedback and trauma therapies. Sleep disorders medication is used sparingly, if at all, in order to not encourage physical or psychological dependency on drugs in order to sleep.

Some clients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition where nightmares and flashbacks severely disrupt sleep. Because insomnia can trigger substance abuse relapse, it’s critical that clients who are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep are evaluated for other medical and psychiatric disorders that can cause insomnia. People who have insomnia are three times more likely to relapse than those who don’t have insomnia.

Sleep Disturbances During Detox

Some people may experience sleep disturbances during the detoxification process, as their bodies and minds are not yet accustomed to being free of substances. Where appropriate, medication can be given to help with any sleeplessness, and clients will be carefully monitored to ensure their safety.

A common problem is that some healthcare professionals may not fully explore a history of drug or alcohol abuse in patients who complain of insomnia during a routine checkup. Prescribing sleep medications to patients abusing drugs and alcohol is a slippery slope. It worsens their addiction and may increasae the risk of an unintentional overdose.

Types of Sleep Disorders

According to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, there are over 100 types of sleep disorders. A variety of sleep disorders may occur with or without substance abuse. Some common types of sleep disorders include:

Insomnia – People with insomnia may have difficulty falling asleep, may wake up too early, or they may wake up periodically throughout the night and have trouble falling back asleep.

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome – Snoring or an increase in respiratory effort that causes a person to awake during sleep and results in daytime disturbances like sleepiness and headaches.

Restless Leg Syndrome – A strong urge to move the leg accompanied by tingling, crawling or twitching sensations in the leg. Usually RLS occurs at night, making it difficult to sleep.

Narcolepsy – Feelings of excessive sleepiness that may present a number of issues including hallucinations, sleep paralysis and cataplexy (muscle weakness or paralysis).

Sleep apnea – People with sleep apnea may experience very shallow breathing or breathing interruptions during sleep. This happens several times a night and makes it difficult to enter REM sleep.

Sleep Disorders Treatment

At Promises, our clinicians will help ease the symptoms of sleep disturbances that may occur with substance abuse, drug and alcohol detox, and behavioral disorders. Call us today to for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568

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