Halcion Addiction and Abuse                                                               

Halcion is a fast-acting Benzodiazepine commonly prescribed for acute insomnia. Its potency makes it one of the easier benzos to get hooked on.

Understanding Halcion (Triazolam)

Halcion is the brand name for Triazolam. It is intended for short-term use, typically no more than 7-10 days. The tablets are taken orally and are most commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. Halcion takes effect faster than most other benzos, slowing brain activity, making it easier to sleep. Some doctors may prescribe Halcion for anxiety before minor medical procedures.

Halcion has a much shorter half-life than other benzodiazepines. Halcion’s half-life, or how long the drug remains active in the body, is only 1 to 2 hours while other benzos can last up to 70 hours.

How Long Do Benzos Stay in the Body?
Brands Halcion Xanax Valium
Length of Action Short-acting Intermediate Long-acting
Time 2-4 hours 12-15 hours 20-70 hours

Halcion may not be as effective if it’s taken for longer than 10 days. After the first week, many people find that the drug doesn’t the same effects as it did when they beginning taking the medication. This can lead to users increasing their dose in an attempt to regain the drug’s effects.

Addiction to Halcion

The presence of withdrawal symptoms when quitting Halcion is a major indicator of an addiction. People addicted to Halcion often feel helpless and unable to function without the drug.

Because Halcion withdrawal can be deadly, people addicted to the drug should seek medically supervised detoxification.

Some signs that you may have an addiction to Halcion include:

  • Repeated, unsuccessful attempts to quit
  • A lot of time spent recovering from Halcion’s effects
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Ignoring important obligations
  • Needing more Halcion to feel its effects

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Halcion Effects and Abuse

Halcion produces a gentle, calming effect. It slows brain activity to a point where worries seem to slip away, enhancing the user’s mood. At higher doses, Halcion produces a euphoric high. People who already have a strong addiction to other benzos may turn to Halcion because of its potency and rapid onset effects compared to similar drugs.

An overdose on Halcion can lead to coma and death. The signs of a Halcion overdose include:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Intense drowsiness
  • Seizures
  • Impaired balance
  • Double vision

Overcoming a Halcion addiction starts with a safe and supervised detoxification. Withdrawal symptoms from Halcion can be intense, often leading to relapse. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Halcion, there are many treatment options available to you. Call us to find help overcoming your Halcion addiction today.

Signs of Halcion Abuse

Many people abuse Halcion without realizing they can get addicted. Often, these people only take Halcion to help them fall asleep. Signs of misuse of Halcion include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slow breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Vomiting
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The Dangers of Halcion

Many prescription users describe bizarre side effects while taking Halcion. Users have reported engaging in activities such as driving a car, preparing food or having sexual intercourse will taking Halcion. Often, they have no recollection of these activities.

These unconscious behaviors are just some of Halcion’s side effects. Other symptoms of Halcion abuse may include:

  • Sweating
  • Impaired coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach cramps
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
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Recognizing a Halcion Addiction

Since Halcion is rarely prescribed for longer than ten days’ use, the first indication of a problem may be taking it for longer than the prescribed time period. Halcion users who continue to abuse the drug will eventually depend on it to stave off withdrawal symptoms and to feel balanced or “normal.”

Someone addicted to Halcion may show certain behaviors, such as:

  • Prioritizing Halcion use over other responsibilities
  • Frequently seeming confused or detached from reality
  • Refusing to go anywhere without their pills
  • Going to great lengths to get more Halcion

Addiction professionals use these and other criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to diagnose a Halcion addiction.

Withdrawal and Treatment

Breaking an addiction to Halcion is difficult because of the drug’s intense withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from Halcion can be deadly, so its users should not quit cold turkey.

Treating a Halcion addiction usually requires a tapering down approach. Treatment specialists often give Halcion users a less potent benzodiazepine to stave off withdrawal. Then the user’s dose is slowly reduced over a period of weeks or months depending on the severity of their addiction.

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Symptoms of Halcion Withdrawal

As a potent benzo, Halcion slows down brain function. The brain compensates by ramping up activity. Without Halcion, the addicted brain becomes hyperactive, causing mental and physical withdrawal symptoms.

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever
  • Muscle cramps
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
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Duration of Withdrawal

Halcion’s potency and rapid absorption means withdrawal starts within hours. The good news is that withdrawal from Halcion doesn’t last as long as that from long-acting benzos. The frequency and the length of time taking Halcion contribute to the duration of withdrawal. People who take higher doses (more than 0.5 mg per day) for a longer period of time take longer to detox from Halcion. Some users may experience withdrawal after using the drug for as little as two weeks.

Halcion Withdrawal Timeline

First 2-4 hrs. Withdrawal symptoms begin a few hours after the last dose. Anxiety and rebound insomnia are often the first symptoms.
Days 1-2 The user’s withdrawal symptoms typically peak in 24 to 48 hours after the last dose of Halcion. Anxiety and insomnia may worsen, and users may start experiencing nausea, muscle cramps and shakiness.
Days 3-4 After a few days, symptoms feel less intense, and the user usually starts sleeping better. A heavy Halcion user’s withdrawal symptoms may still be strong.
Days 5+ Most withdrawal symptoms wind down after day five. Some people experience mild symptoms for another week.

Treatment for Halcion Addiction

In addition to detoxification, addiction treatment centers offer counseling, support groups and an environment best suited for a successful recovery. If symptoms of withdrawal from Halcion have been preventing you from getting sober, rehabilitation can help. Call now to find a Halcion treatment center that offers medical detox.

Halcion (Triazolam) Addiction Treatment

Because withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous, medical detoxification is an important first step in Halcion treatment.

During Halcion detox, physicians often prescribe a less potent benzodiazepine, such as Valium, to minimize discomfort and reduce dangerous withdrawal symptoms. After a Halcion user overcomes their physical addiction, they need therapy and support to keep cravings and other psychological symptoms at bay.

Halcion-specific Treatment Centers

Many treatment centers are capable of treating a Halcion addiction, but rehabilitation centers aren’t one-size-fits-all. Halcion users should consider other aspects of their addiction, such as co-occurring disorders and dependence on other substances. Finding a treatment center that meets all of the addicted person’s needs is important for a lasting recovery.

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Get Help Now

Treatment is available now for anyone with a Halcion addiction. If you’re experiencing withdrawal symptoms when quitting or think your Halcion use is becoming a problem, it’s probably time to find treatment. An addiction specialist can diagnose the extent of your addiction and help you determine the best course of action, whether it be inpatient or outpatient rehab.