The most dangerous part of barbiturate withdrawal is the possibility of the occurrence of blood pressure and breathing problems. They must be treated immediately or the situation can become life threatening. Normal symptoms of the withdrawal syndrome include nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate, sweating, abdominal cramping, and shakes. There are accidents during peak withdrawal of severe seizures, uncontrolled heartbeat, delirium, and even death.
Some drugs when mixed with barbiturates can be potentially dangerous. Phenobarbital has shown the highest occurrence. The following fall into this group: Anticoagulants such as Dicumarol, Warfarin, Acenocoumaral, and Phenprocoumon, Corticoseroids, Guseofulvin, Doxycycline, Phenytoin, Sodium Valproates.
When detoxing from barbiturates it is important to be in a medically supervised detox facility. Once a level of stabilization is reached with an individual in a detox facility the path to recovery from drug addiction can begin. Educating addicts on the effects of barbiturates and the withdrawal symptoms is helpful in the recovery process. Drug treatment centers will help addicts after the withdrawal process deal with trauma, emotional issues, stresses that led to drug addiction.
Barbiturates are sedatives that are used for disorders such as insomnia. It is not uncommon for individuals to use these types of drugs along with alcohol and other drugs. A chemical dependency can be developed and causes a continuing of a personal way of thinking and distorted cognition during addiction. This dependence interferees with the maturation of thinking abstractly. Things became very difficult to focus on and maintain focus. When your mind and body is telling you that you need a foreign substance to survive, then the development of reasoning and thinking skills remains impaired.
If drug treatment is not obtained soon enough there can be physical development issues if the addict is an adolescent or young adult. Young adults avoid their uncomfortable feelings abut sexual development. Professional counselors will have to be aware of this sort of issue and focus on the development of secondary sex characteristics that may have been interfereed with. There could be confusion in family roles as well as personal relationships. Drug addiction can change the dynamic of a family. It can tear families and relationships apart if help is never received.
Individual, group, and especially family therapy are key components to resolving untouched issues for an addict. It becomes a recovery process for the addict and entire family. This includes a wife or husband and children if it applies.