Amytal Addiction, Abuse and Treatment

Amytal addiction, abuse and treatment is available for you or a loved on at White Sands Treatment Center

Amytal addiction, abuse and treatment are a concern for anyone who is struggling to recover from this potent barbiturate. The drug is prescribed to treat people with sleep disorders or anxiety, and it is also used as a pre-anesthetic before surgical procedures. Because Amytal depresses the central nervous system it is effective in calming brain activity to alleviate stress. The drug is also used non-medically and is found illicitly on the street where it is known as red birds, goof balls, blue velvet, downers, red devils and red. Amytal produces intoxication similar to alcohol and is often abused for its sedative effects. The drug has a high risk potential for physical and psychological addiction.

Classified as a Schedule II controlled narcotic, Amytal is heavily regulated by the federal government because of its potency. Anyone who uses the drug in a way that differs from the prescribed dosage is considered to be abusing the drug. Once a person has built up a tolerance to the drug they will have to take more of it to feel the same effects as before. This often leads to addiction to the drug and the addict will need professional medical treatment to recover from the addiction. Some of the adverse effects of Amytal include:

  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Mental confusion
  • Staggering
  • Slurred speech
  • Fainting
  • Mental disturbances
  • Strange dreams
  • Mood swings
  • Intoxication
  • Lack of motivation

Normal brain functions may be impaired by abusing Amytal and the addict may stop breathing. This type of action may result in triggering a coma and possibly death. If the addict uses other sedative drugs or alcohol with Amytal he may be at risk for an overdose.

Amytal addiction treatment should begin with the addict’s personal physician. Because the drug can cause chemical changes in the brain, it is strongly recommended that the addict not try to get off of the drug by him self. The withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening when a sudden cessation from using the drug occurs. The physician should recommend a drug rehab center for the addict so that he can receive the professional help that he will need to get off of the drug. Once the addict begins Amytal addiction treatment at the rehab center, he will be slowly weaned off of the drug. The medical staff will monitor the patient and manage the withdrawal of the drug so that the patient is kept safe and comfortable. Some of the withdrawal symptoms the addict may experience are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle pain
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Withdrawal symptoms may begin within eight to twelve hours after the last dose has been taken. It has been shown that recovery from Amytal addiction should start with a slow process of weaning the patient off of the drug. By decreasing the Amytal daily by small increments, withdrawal symptoms can be held at bay and managed better. The supervision of an experienced medical staff will be able to keep the patient stable and comfortable throughout the detox process. A slow tapering method has proved to be the most effective and successful way to avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms from arising. If for some reason withdrawal symptoms do become severe, the medical staff can temporarily re-adjust the amount of Amytal in the patient’s body to stabilize the patient. Withdrawal symptoms occur because the body and brain are struggling to find balance without the drug, and it may take awhile before all of the symptoms are completely gone.

Amytal addiction, abuse and treatment are all addressed in the recovery programs at the drug rehab center, and the recovering addict will learn many new things about his addiction and him self.  Amytal addiction treatment should include individual and group counseling, behavioral therapy, family counseling, relapse prevention and peer support group meetings. The addict should begin a healthy nutrition plan and exercise to re-build his body. Practicing his faith may also help him stay strong and focused on his recovery. The recovering addict may want to pursue employment or return to school for a degree. His should lay out his plans for the future and each day work towards his goals. He should not have unrealistic expectations placed on him, but he should proceed at his own pace without pressure or stress. Eventually he will realize how far he has come since his days of addiction, and that should encourage him to never give up on his dreams.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.