Sleeping Pill Dependence
Has fear of a sleepless night prevented you from decreasing medication?
Have you tried to stop your sleeping medication but then had trouble sleeping?
Have you been gradually increasing your doses of medication?
Do you need to constantly change medication because they seem to stop working?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, first know that you are not alone. The decision to come off medication can be frightening. If not done correctly, decreasing medication is not only dangerous but also can result in more anxiety and insomnia. As a result, you may mistakenly think you’ve become “addicted” or dependent on medication when in other factors are to blame. Dr. Scott has helped hundreds of patients successfully decrease and stop medication. When continued medication management is recommended, she is able to teach you strategies to maximize the benefit of the medication for long-term use in safe, healthy ways.