What are Quaaludes?
Methaqualone (Quaalude) is a laboratory-made, central nervous system depressant developed in the 1950s as a substitute for barbiturates meant to treat insomnia. By the 1970s, Quaaludes were designated a Schedule II drug by the U.S. DEA due to its high abuse potential. In 1984, Quaaludes were re-listed as a Schedule I drug and are not currently legally available in the U.S.
Street Names for Quaaludes
During the 60s and 70s, Quaaludes were manufactured primarily by two pharmaceutical companies--Lemmon and Rorer. Round, white Quaalude pills had the number "714" stamped on them, which prompted users to call these pills "Lemmons", "714s" and "Lemmon 7s". Other street names given to methaqualone include "soapers", "mandrakes" and "'ludes".
How Quaaludes Affect the Brain
A depressant and anxiolytic, methaqualone increases GABA receptor activity in the nervous system and brain. Stimulation of GABA receptors causes blood pressure to drop and slows pulse and breathing rates significantly, inducing a deeply relaxed state. Within a few hours of ingestion, methaqualone's sedative effects peak, giving users a sense of euphoria, extreme drowsiness and relaxation. Tolerance for Quaaludes builds rapidly, forcing abusers to take higher doses to achieve the same effects.
What is a Quaalude High?
The liver, brain, GI tract and soft tissues readily absorb Quaaludes, providing powerfully sedative effects for up to six hours. Dosage amounts between 100 to 300 mg cause sleepiness and light sedation. Doses over 300 mg will produce the following:
- Loss of inhibition similar to the way alcohol disinhibits thoughts and actions
- Sense of well-being, relaxation and disassocation from reality
- Inability to feel physical pain
- Loss of muscle strength and coordination
- Numbness and tingling throughout the body
- Increased self-confidence/feeling invincible
- Difficulty staying awake
- Impaired speech and thought processes/mental confusion
When abused, Quaaludes often cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Alcohol-like hangover/flu-like symptoms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Excessive sweating
- Rapid heart beat
- Loss of appetite
- Altered taste and smell
Signs of Quaalude Addiction and Withdrawal
Like other sedative hypnotics, methaqualone poses a high risk for psychological and physical dependence within a few weeks of abusing the drug. Withdrawing from a Quaalude addiction typically causes the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle tremors/twitching/trembling
- Extreme fatigue/weakness
- Joint achiness/fever/hallucinations
Quaalude addicts who have been taking high amounts of methaqualone (over 300 mg per day) for several months may suffer withdrawal symptoms for up to three or four days. Abrupt withdrawal from Quaaludes without medical support is dangerous and could result in coma and death. Cravings during withdrawal are powerful enough to cause relapse unless the addict is recieving ongoing professional addiction support.
Overdosing on Quaaludes
Since Quaaludes interfere with normal thought processes, Quaalude addicts often forget how much methaqualone they have taken over the past few hours and can easily overdose. Depending on an addict's tolerance level, a Quaalude overdose can occur if the user takes more than 5000 to 8000 mg in a 24 hour period. However, severe medical emergencies can happen at lower doses as well, especially when Quaaludes are combined with alcohol or other drugs. Drinking and abusing Quaaludes can suppress the central nervous system enough to reduce heart rate and respiration to dangerously low levels. Passing out due to mixing Quaaludes and alcohol also carries the risk of choking on vomit if the person throws up while unconscious.
"Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever". Psalm 23:6
Christian Treatment for Quaalude Addiction
Road to Freedom believes in treating addicts with evidence-based medical and psychological therapies that are supported by Christian values and beliefs. We believe the power of prayer, scripture and faith can help substance abusers discover a new and powerful meaning to their lives that provides the joy and comfort essential for defeating their addiction.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." [2 Corinthians 5:17] The road to freedom from addiction to Quaaludes or other drugs begins with detoxification in a medically supervised setting. Our patients are monitored by professional addiction physicians and counselors who help them through detoxification by providing medications for reducing withdrawal symptoms. In addition, we have mental health counselors available for patients suffering undiagnosed psychiatric issues. At the end of the detox period, we ensure your body is free of all drugs by taking blood tests. Further, any health problems emerging during detoxification (vitamin deficiencies, liver/kidney disorders, general unwellness) are promptly addressed.
Recovery and Beyond from a Christian Perspective
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it".1 Corinthians 10:13
Maintaining sobriety outside drug abuse treatment programs is entirely possible when you put your faith in God. Seeking support from loving family members, friends and the staff at Road to Freedom in addition to putting your sobriety in the hands of God will not only help you achieve sobriety but will also provide the comfort and meaning you need when faced with difficult situations that cause fear, anxiety and the urge to use again.
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him" James 1:12
At The Road to Freedom, patients learn to forgive themselves, let go of the past and commit to a wonderful, Christ-filled future full of love, hope and meaning. They learn to forgive where forgiving is necessary to allow them to move on and that focusing on feelings of resentment and bitterness only drain them of the energy they need to enjoy sobriety. We also show our patients that embracing solitude means embracing time alone with Christ, gaining insight into the power of Christ and developing their self-confidence and self-worth. Upon achieving sobriety, our patients understand they are finally allowed to feel happiness and peach without feeling guilty about past deeds.
"You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you" Psalm 86:5
Realize at this moment that your current circumstances cannot decide your fate but can help lead you on the path of transforming your future through professional addiction and spiritual assistance. Call Road to Freedom today and take that first step on road to sobriety, grace and forgiveness today.
"Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me".Psalm 31:3