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Insomnia and Addiction

Insomnia and AddictionInsomnia is one of the classic manifestations of addiction—and one of the most common factors in its development. This article explores both sides: what drugs cause insomnia, and which drugs insomnia sufferers may turn to for relief. If you or a loved one in Des Moines struggles with insomnia and addiction, treatment is available to help you overcome both.

Des Moines Residents and Insomnia-Induced Addictions

Being unable to fall asleep is an intensely frustrating experience. Imagine suffering through that every night, and you are close to realizing the kind of desperation that chronic insomniacs in Des Moines face. Some of the drugs most commonly abused by insomniacs are sleeping medications (such as Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem, Silenor, and Sonata), but any number of the following can be potentially addictive to insomnia sufferers looking for a good night’s sleep:

  • Alcohol
  • Cough syrup
  • Opioids (morphine, codeine)
  • Barbiturates (secobarbital, phenobarbital)
  • Marijuana

While the use of these substances originally seems to cure insomnia, the imbalance they cause in the chemistry of the brain and in the body’s hormones end up making sleep even harder to attain than before. The drugs end up trapping the user in a vicious cycle, forcing him to ingest increasing amounts of the drug to fight his worsened insomnia.

Addiction-Induced Insomnia

Most medications and illegal drugs list insomnia among their side effects, but the following list includes a few of the most common:

  • Steroids
  • Hormone supplements
  • Diet pills
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine

In addition to this list of (mostly) stimulants, it is worth mentioning again that any drug — including the most powerful depressant — can cause or worsen insomnia if used in excess.

Recovery Help for Des Moines Residents with Insomnia-Related Addiction

If you or someone you love in Des Moines struggles with addiction and insomnia, please call our toll-free and confidential helpline today. Our trained counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and help you find a treatment program that is right for you. Rest and healing are available when you are ready to find them, so call us today.