"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13
To many Christians, addiction is an unspeakable sin that only befalls those without the strength to resist temptation. However, no one is perfect and some substances are more powerful than others. Addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of personal beliefs or convictions, and everyone – no matter how hard you pray – is at risk of developing a lasting barbiturate dependency.
Barbiturates are used to address a wide range of conditions and illnesses, from insomnia to chronic stress. Categorized as central nervous system depressants that can function as anything from hypnotics to anticonvulsants, these highly effective drugs were prescribed consistently for decades in order to provide flexible assistance to those in need.
Unfortunately, despite the initial popularity of barbiturates, doctors soon realized a downside: extreme likelihood for addiction. With rates of dependency on the rise, many doctors now rely on less addictive alternatives, like benzodiazepines, whenever possible. Regardless, barbiturates are in use in moderation today, and still carry a strong propensity for addiction in both medical and recreational users.
Admitting the reality of addiction is a long, hard journey, but Road to Freedom can help. As a faith-based rehabilitation center, we can put you back on the right path, working with you to seek forgiveness, rebuild your relationship with Christ, and overcome the intense grip of addiction.
If you or someone you love is suffering from barbiturate abuse or addiction, you are not alone. Call today to learn more.
What Is a Barbiturate?
With a debut in the 1800s in Germany, barbiturates have a long history in the modern era of medicine. As central nervous system depressants that affect the brain's GABA, or Gamma Amino Butyric Acid, system, barbiturate use is intended to relax the body to facilitate sleep, anxiety management, reduced risk of seizures, and even full anesthesia. Trade names for barbiturates vary wildly, with numerous forms available in both short- and long-acting versions. Common variations include:
- Amobarbital (Amytal)
- Butalbital (Fiorinal, Fioricet)
- Pentobarbital (Nembutal)
- Phenobarbital (Lunial)
- Secobarbital (Seconal)
Despite centuries of use, barbiturates have largely been phased out over the last decade, in part due to their highly addictive nature. In fact, prior to this trend in disuse, barbiturates were among the leading causes of overdose death with over 19 million prescriptions written each year.
Addiction to barbiturates generally starts with a valid prescription for a legitimate medical condition. However, determining dosages for barbiturates can be problematic, with no sound guidance regarding frequency or quantity. This is a contributing factor to dependence, especially as prolonged use affects the structures within the brain.
In addition to chemical dependency, many users become addicted to the pleasurable effects that come with high doses, including relaxation, euphoria, recklessness, and a lack of inhibitions. These effects can mimic drunkenness, leading users to seek barbiturates without a legitimate need.
These short-term effects may seem harmless, but frequent use can lead to dangerous long-term consequences, including:
- Chronic breathing issues
- Loss of motor control, like twitching and muscle spasms
- Shortened attention span
- Decreased reflexes
- Memory loss
- Increased chance of liver, kidney, and heart problems
Ease of Access
Due to the nature of barbiturates, access can often be problematic. Barbiturates are not available for purchase without a prescription, leading many patients to go from doctor to doctor seeking additional prescriptions. However, an increasing number of physicians are no longer prescribing barbiturates when better options are available, making it harder for addicts to maintain consistent access. Barbiturates are often available illegally from online pharmacies, however.
Barbiturates may also be available on the street under names like downers, reds, red birds, or red devils.
Signs of Barbiturate Abuse
As an addiction that generally evolves from safe, legal use, the signs and symptoms of barbiturate abuse can often be challenging to identify. However, many addicted individuals demonstrate similar indications, including:
- Apathy or lethargy
- Fatigue and weakness
- Confusion and memory problems
- Lack of muscle control and coordination
- Reckless behavior
- Slurred or incomprehensible speech
Individuals taking barbiturates may also display drug-seeking behaviors as tolerance builds. This can include lying, sneaking around, theft, struggles at work, relationship discord, and intentional neglect of standard daily tasks. Substance abusers often have a hard time holding down a job, and may lie about going to work or earning income.
If regular access to barbiturates is denied, substance abusers may show signs of withdrawal. Due to the physical nature of dependency, withdrawal symptoms are essentially a physical manifestation of the body's intense cravings for substance intake. These symptoms often include:
- Irritability and agitation
- Sweating and fever
- Respiratory distress
- Coma or death
While ceasing use of most drugs leads to withdrawal, the side effects of barbiturates are especially serious. With onset beginning in the first 24 hours, cutting off access cold turkey can be extremely dangerous and highly unpleasant. For this reason, many users who attempt to quit alone relapse immediately.
For those who take excessive doses to continue a barbiturate high, overdose is very possible. Due to the nature of this drug, symptoms are potentially fatal and often include respiratory struggles and pulmonary edema. Lack of breathing is the most common cause of death from barbiturate overdose, and is very common without proper medical attention.
Christian Barbiturate Rehabilitation
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." - James 5:16
An ongoing pattern of substance abuse often feels isolating for Christians. The pain and guilt of succumbing to addiction can be excruciating, especially for those who feel as though they are they are rejecting the word of the Lord.
However, making amends for mistakes is a key part of Christianity. The right approach to treatment can help you overcome addiction, learn how to forgive yourself, and ask for forgiveness from God as you come to terms with the changes in your life.
At Road to Freedom, we are here to make a difference for you. As a faith-based rehabilitation center, we combine the tenets of Christianity with proven addiction medicine, working with our patients one on one to foster mental, physical, and spiritual healing. From medical intervention to facilitate detox to group prayer and worship sessions, our compassionate team can help you find a path to sobriety that works for you.
Many substance abusers believe they can quit whenever they want, and use is purely by choice. Unfortunately, this generally is not true. Moving beyond addiction often takes tremendous commitment and support, and often cannot be accomplished alone. To increase your chances of getting clean without risk of relapse, professional intervention is essential.
Detox is the first step in addiction care, helping patients to break free from barbiturate dependency. At Road to Freedom, you begin your journey in a safe, secure facility devoted to helping patients overcome withdrawal with minimal discomfort. Due to the nature of barbiturates, a tapered process is often suggested, using decreasing doses to help users wean safely.
The side effects of barbiturate withdrawal can be life-threatening, and include seizures, respiratory arrest, and coma. Our doctors and nurses will help you through this troublesome period, providing medical assistance to ensure you are at as little risk as possible throughout recovery.
Breaking the physical bonds of addiction is an important first step in the process, but much of substance abuse is mental. Christians who feel lost and beaten down throughout drug addiction often believe that they do not deserve to recover, or are no longer worthy of experiencing God's love.
As an inpatient facility, we are able to provide a supportive, encouraging environment in order to help you move past these feelings. Together, we will assist you in developing up your self-confidence so that you can rebuild a drug-free relationship with Christ.
Our services throughout your time with us are vast, offering many opportunities to come to terms with your addiction, seek forgiveness, and find solace in the words and guidance of your peers. In order to help you find a treatment that's right for you, we offer assistance with services like:
- Biblically-based 12-Step meetings
- Pastoral counseling
- Group addiction counseling
- Individual therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Family workshops
- Court liaison program
- Relapse prevention
- Aftercare services
Preparing for the Future
Reentering the real world after time spent in rehabilitation can be a frightening reality for patients in need, especially for those who are still struggling to maintain sobriety.
In an effort to ensure your transition is as smooth as possible, we work hard to arm you with the tools, knowledge, and mental fortitude required to return to work, school, or family life. Our counselors will work with you one-on-one to provide dedicated, personalized resources intended to help you determine the root causes of addiction and implement successful coping techniques to best prevent against the chance of relapse. We know that temptation to sin can be strong, so our counselors and worship leaders will help you develop the skills necessary to stand strong in the face of use and abuse.
Seek Help Today
Millions of individuals across the United States and around the world face the realities of addiction each and every day. If you are among them, the time to get help is now.
Road to Freedom can provide the Christian-based help you need, offering a comprehensive way to overcome addiction, strengthen your convictions in the Lord, and return to daily life stronger, healthier, and happier. Contact us today at (844) 329-6895 to speak to a member of our admissions team today. All consultations are confidential.