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Amytal Detoxification and Rehabilitation

Amytal was developed during World War II in order to treat psychiatric problems experienced by American soldiers following combat duties. During the 1990s Amytal was famously touted as a ‘truth serum’. Patients develop an addiction to Amytal when using the drug to combat sleeping disorders. Amytal is a barbiturate and the drug is highly addictive. In the United Kingdom doctors are prohibited from prescribing Amytal to patients not already taking barbiturates. The drug is typically injected or consumed as a tablet. Amobarbital sodium is the active addictive substance contained within Amytal. When ‘high’ on Amytal addicts describe a feeling similar to that experienced when drunk. A tolerance to Amytal arises and addicts must take an ever greater quantity of the drug in order to feel ‘high’. A physical as a well as psychological dependency to the drug arises. Once in the bloodstream Amytal travels to sensors in the brain. A neurotransmitter known as GABA is released making the user feel relaxed.

How Amytal detoxification works

Our Amytal detoxification programme takes place in our residential rehabilitation centre on the outskirts of London. Withdrawal symptoms arise between ten to twelve hours after Amytal was last consumed. Withdrawal symptoms are painful meaning addicts who attempt withdrawal from home are likely to fail in their effects. ‘Cold turkey’ style detoxification is generally avoided. Instead our medical team implement controlled and tapered Amytal detoxification where consumption of the drug is gradually reduced over several days.

Amytal withdrawal symptoms

Amytal withdrawal symptoms include tremors, dizziness, nausea, convulsions and delirium. Symptoms reduce upon the fifth day following cessation of consumption. At their peak symptoms can present a life threatening condition. Home based detox in the absence of medical assistance is thus not recommended. Our Amytal detoxification programme takes place in an environment where patients receive 24 hour a day medical assistance. Five nutritious meals are provided throughout the day. Drugs such as phenobarbital may be offered to prevent seizures.

Amytal rapid detoxification

Rapid detoxification may be offered if deemed appropriate. During rapid detoxification patients detox under the influence of anaesthesia. Thus withdrawal symptoms are entirely absent due to patients remaining unconscious. Medical attention is intensified under such conditions.

What happens after Amytal detoxification?

Following detoxification patients receive therapy sessions treating psychological aspects of Amytal addiction. Cognitive behavioural therapy is employed so patients understand the link between thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Patients imagine and enact scenarios which give rise to the addictive behaviour and note down thoughts leading up to the event. Once this is accomplished patients are asked to challenge thoughts and emotions which give rise to addictive behaviours. Patients are taught to avoid ‘addiction triggers’. Powerful coping strategies are developed so relapse does not occur once patients leave our rehabilitation centre.

Aftercare for Amytal addiction

Recovery from Amytal addiction is a lifelong process. Getting through those first few months is difficult. To assist we provide patients with a year-long aftercare service. A helpline is provided should patients feel the desire to relapse. Should Amytal relapse occur patients are provided with clear instructions in seeking out further help. We encourage our patients to join local Narcotics Anonymous groups in their area on leaving our rehabilitation centre.

Call Cassiobury Court for more information

If you wish to learn more about Cassiobury Court’s Amytal detoxification and rehabilitation programme call our centre today on 0800 500 3129. Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in London and Blackpool. You can learn more about our detoxification programme by clicking here.

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