People who take Ambien (zolpidem) on a recreational basis may do so because they find that the drug is both fun and appealing. For example, in a study in the journal Psychopharmacology, researchers found that people who took high levels of zolpidem felt happy, friendly, elated or carefree. While on the substance, they just felt good.

It can be difficult for family members to watch an addiction like this unfolding, and they may want to do whatever they can to make the problem stop. While they may not be able to take over the person’s life and force a change, there are some things caring family members can do in order to entice the person to enter a treatment program.

Gathering Evidence

People who have addictions often feel as though they’re adept at hiding the evidence of their abuse. They may tiptoe through the house on a regular basis, taking drugs on the sly, and they may be convinced that no one really knows the truth about their addictions. In reality, people who have these sorts of abuse problems do tend to leave a significant amount of evidence behind. For example, an article in HealthAffairs suggests that many people who abuse prescription drugs get those substances from online vendors, as every 10 percent increase in the use of high-speed internet in a state results in a one percent increase in admissions to drug treatment programs. Families who see suspicious packages coming and going, or who see pills lying about, may have hard evidence that an addiction is unfolding.

This sort of detail is vital, as these are the nuggets that can be put to good use during an addiction intervention. When the family begins to confront the person about the Ambien addiction, they’ll have specific instances to cite and dates and times to share. Hard data like this is harder to refute or ignore, and it could prompt the person to accept the reality of the addiction issue.

Getting Help

While it’s vital for families to take good notes about the addiction and document each incident that could be tracked to the use and abuse of Ambien, it’s also important for family members to take care of their own health and well-being. If they’re focused on the health and healing of the other person, while neglecting their own, they may not have the energy to really provide assistance when it’s needed.

Family members can take time to do things they enjoy – that have nothing to do with addiction – in order to boost their health. Good options include:

  • Exercise
  • Bonding with a pet
  • Reading, or spending time with a book club
  • Crafting, or participating in a knitting circle
  • Cooking

Some family members also find relief through spending time in an addiction support group. Going to meetings of Nar-Anon, for example, may help family members to learn more about how prescription drug addictions unfold, and how other families work to support the healing of the addict in their midst. These meetings are often free, and some are even held online, but they can provide a remarkable amount of help for families dealing with an addiction.

If you’d like to help someone with an addiction to Ambien, please call us. Our treatment program has the proven ability to help people overcome their addictions, and we’re accepting new patients right now. Please call to find out more.