If your body and mind are dependent on Zolpidem (Ambien), your recovery will begin with detox. You have most likely heard negative things about detox.

You may wonder just what you can expect in terms of withdrawal symptoms. You may wonder how long it will take for them to end. Every detox timeline is different depending on the drugs involved and your individual brain and body chemistry. However you can learn a little bit about common symptoms and recovery timelines. You can learn more by reaching out to Black Bear Lodge or other holistic treatment providers. Begin your recovery with a complete assessment and professional discussion about expectations and experiences.

An Overview of Zolpidem (Ambien) Withdrawal Symptoms

Young man in pain on couchNo two recovery experiences are the same. However you will likely experience some of the more common Ambien withdrawal symptoms. These include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Skin flushing
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia

These and other symptoms occur because your body gets used to the presence of Ambien. Ambien is a depressant drug. The brain and body adjust to functioning at a slower pace and learn to work around Ambien’s effects. When the drug is no longer present, everything begins working much faster than usual. While the brain and body readjust to functioning normally, there will be discomfort.

How Long Do Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

Just as length of use and individual body chemistry affect what you experience during withdrawal, these factors also influence how long you will experience symptoms. Ambien withdrawal is generally relatively quick. According to the journal Drugs, Ambien is rapidly absorbed and does not accumulate in the body over time. This means its effects come and go quickly.1 The same may be true for its withdrawal symptoms especially if you have only used the drug for a short period of time and not in conjunction with any other substances.

People who take Ambien short-term and as prescribed to reestablish a healthy sleep pattern may only need a few days of adjustment in order to return to normal.Individuals who misuse Ambien, have used it long-term,or take other drugs like opiates or benzodiazepines may find that their recoveries take longer.

Additionally Ambien’s effects are not over once withdrawal and detox are over. Damaged related to Ambien use can last long into the future, especially if detox is not medically supervised or treatment programs do not incorporate medical health care with addiction recovery services. Choose an integrated treatment program to make sure you receive the in-depth attention you deserve.

How Do I Detox From Zolpidem (Ambien)?

Ambien detox is uncomfortable at best and potentially dangerous at worst. This is why you should seek detox support. Peers and professionals can help you stay motivated during discomfort. Medically supervised detox services ensure you remain safe as well. Your individual treatment program may involve quitting cold turkey, gradually tapering your medication or medically managing the process through the use of substitute medications. The best detox method is the one you and your treatment team have carefully discussed and developed to meet your unique recovery needs.

If you’d like to know more about how you can recover from an Ambien addiction, or you have a family member who needs this kind of help, please call us at Black Bear Lodge. We can explain how detox works and what you can expect from the recovery process. We can help you develop a treatment timeline and even arrange for your admission to our program. Call and learn more today.


1 Holm, Kristin J; Goa, Karen L. “Zolpidem: An Update of its Pharmacology, Therapeutic Efficacy and Tolerability in the Treatment of Insomnia.” Drugs. Apr. 2000. Web. Accessed 6 Jun. 2017.