Sedative

Sedatives, also known as tranquilizers or depressants, are medications that calm and relax the body and mind by slowing brain activity. They are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and are essential in managing withdrawal symptoms in addiction recovery. Common sedatives include diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and clonazepam (Klonopin), mostly belonging to the benzodiazepine class. These are used for their effectiveness in easing withdrawal symptoms and preventing seizures in addiction treatment. However, they should only be used under medical supervision due to risks of dependence and addiction.

Sedation, a state induced by sedative medications, varies in levels from minimal, allowing relaxation while awake, to deep, causing sleep but not full unconsciousness like general anesthesia. Sedation is often used in medical procedures to relieve anxiety or for minor surgeries, whereas general anesthesia is reserved for major surgeries.

Sedatives are classified into benzodiazepines, barbiturates, hypnotics (nonbenzodiazepines), and miscellaneous sedatives. Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, while barbiturates are used for anesthesia and treating seizures and insomnia. Hypnotics, similar to benzodiazepines, are effective for sleep disorders, and miscellaneous sedatives include drugs like Ramelteon and Suvorexant for treating insomnia.

Sedatives work by boosting the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), resulting in decreased brain activity. Before taking sedatives, it’s important to discuss medical history and potential risks with a healthcare provider. Side effects of sedatives can range from sleepiness and dizziness to impaired perception and slowed reflexes. Long-term use can lead to memory issues, depression, liver problems, and dependence, with withdrawal symptoms that can be life-threatening. Overdose risks are heightened when sedatives are mixed with other substances like opioids or alcohol.

To prevent sedative use disorder, it’s important to follow prescription instructions, never share medications, and dispose of them properly at the end of treatment. If misused, withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, tremors, and seizures can occur, requiring medical attention. Additionally, sedatives can impair driving and other tasks and may affect fetal development, so they must be used cautiously, especially during pregnancy.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.



    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.


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    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.

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    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.

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    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

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    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.


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