If you or someone you love is struggling with barbiturate addiction, call Northbound for questions, concerns, or emergency help. We are here to help you take those difficult first steps to a new beginning.

What is a Barbiturate?

A sedative and mild analgesic that has been largely abandoned for therapeutic use in favor of safer drugs, barbiturates act as a depressant on the central nervous system. Drawn to the feeling of contentment barbiturates evoke, those who become dependent on the drug often become trapped in the cycle of addiction and increased tolerance, seeking out higher or more frequent doses. This is especially dangerous with barbiturates, where overdose can quickly lead to respiratory depression, and death. There is a real risk of accidental overdose, especially in older individuals, whose bodies are not able to process the drug as quickly. Sometimes taken to help ease the withdrawal effects from other drugs, barbiturates can also have lethal interactions with other chemical substances. Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Jimi Hendrix all died from barbiturate overdose.

Those under the influence of barbiturates may seem incoherent, sluggish or confused, and uncoordinated. The drug can depress blood pressure and respiration, and is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms. Both physically and psychologically addicting, the most commonly abused barbiturates include Phenobarbital, Secobarbital, and Luminal.

How Can Northbound Help?

Our barbiturate addiction rehab and treatment center in Orange County at Northbound is designed to complement the full recovery of those who have developed an addiction. It all starts with our detox program, oneEighty. This 12-bed facility is monitored by counselors and healthcare professionals, ensuring a safe detox under 24-hour supervision.

Once a new client is stabilized, our specialists create a customized treatment plan that addresses his or her specific needs. This includes treatment for any co-occurring mental illness or disorder that might otherwise inhibit the recovery process. Northbound strives for complete recovery of our clients, and offers our gender-specific core programs in 30, 60, and 90-day stays. These core programs involve group and individual counseling, and a wide variety of therapeutic approaches that helps develop the tools for sustained sobriety. With a 1:1 staff to client ratio, Northbound works daily with every individual in recovery. Our staff lives recovery every day alongside our clients, showing them by example just how meaningful life can be when free from addiction.

The conclusion of the core program is only the beginning. We strive to help every client reach the one-year anniversary of his or her sobriety, providing effective after-care support. Once you leave our campus, you still are not alone. Staff members are available for any trigger avoidance or counseling needs that may arise. Moreover, we help every client develop the network of support and the change in lifestyle that will provide the best chance for long-term change. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who stay sober for one year are 4 times more likely to remain sober for 5 or more years. Our full continuum of care has been established to help people live a healthy and sober life.

If you or someone you love is struggling with barbiturate addiction, call Northbound for questions, concerns, or emergency help. We are here to help you take those difficult first steps to a new beginning.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.