Restoril (Temazepam) Abuse, Addiction, And Treatment Programs

Restoril is a sedative-hypnotic drug that is used as a short-term treatment for insomnia. It can also be abused for its effects and become addictive. Treatments for Restoril abuse and addiction may include detoxification, behavioral therapy, and mental health treatment.

Restoril, also known by the brand name temazepam, is a prescription drug that can be misused for its sedative effects.

It belongs to a class of central nervous system depressants known as benzodiazepines, or benzos. It is prescribed for short-term use to treat insomnia.

Benzodiazepines like temazepam are habit-forming drugs. They have a high potential for abuse, and can become addictive when repeatedly misused.

In 2018, an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States misused prescription benzodiazepines like Restoril, Xanax, and Valium.

Benzodiazepine addiction can pose serious consequences to a person’s health and well-being. People who misuse Restoril are at an increased risk for polysubstance abuse, drug overdose, and severe withdrawal.

At Spring Hill Recovery Center, we offer evidence-based treatments for people struggling with Restoril abuse, addiction, and polysubstance abuse. We also offer dual diagnosis care for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Here, you’ll find:

  • information about Restoril abuse and addiction
  • how Restoril abuse and addiction can be treated
  • an overview of our accredited rehab center in Ashby, Massachusetts

How Is Restoril (Temazepam) Misused?

Restoril is prescribed in pill form as a short-term treatment for people who are having difficulty sleeping. Unlike some other benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, temazepam is not typically prescribed to treat anxiety disorders or panic attacks.

Restoril can be misused in the following ways:

  • taking doses more often or in higher doses than prescribed
  • taking Restoril for longer than prescribed
  • crushing and snorting Restoril
  • mixing Restoril with other drugs (including alcohol) for stronger effects
  • taking pills from someone else’s prescription

Taking Restoril for more than a few weeks may cause increased tolerance and drug dependence. This can make it difficult to stop taking Restoril and may cause withdrawal with reduced or stopped use.

People who misuse Restoril may become physically dependent on it more quickly and can be at risk for more severe withdrawal symptoms.

Dangers And Side Effects Of Restoril Abuse

Temazepam (Restoril) is a central nervous system depressant that works in the body by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This can effectively slow brain activity and help induce sleep.

Like other benzodiazepines, the effects of Restoril can be highly addictive—especially when misused. Symptoms of Restoril addiction are similar to those of addiction to drugs like alcohol and Xanax, another addictive benzodiazepine.

Symptoms of Restoril addiction may include:

  • constant fatigue
  • drowsiness
  • irritability
  • slurred speech
  • difficulty concentrating
  • impaired memory
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • poor balance and coordination

People who become addicted to Restoril may feel unable to control their drug use. They may behave in ways they usually wouldn’t and may be unable to see their problem for what it is.

The primary dangers of Restoril abuse are severe drug dependence and Restoril overdose. Overdose occurs when you’ve taken too much of one or more drugs, causing an adverse reaction in the body. Without quick treatment, severe cases of overdose can be life-threatening.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 30 percent of opioid overdose deaths in the United States involve benzodiazepines.

Both benzos and opioids are depressants that, together, can cause serious side effects in high doses, including respiratory depression, seizures, and death.

Treatment For Restoril Abuse And Addiction

Temazepam is an addictive benzodiazepine that can lead to a cycle of drug misuse and addiction. Overcoming an addiction to temazepam may require drug detox and inpatient treatment.

There are several treatment options for benzodiazepine abuse, including:

  • Detoxification
  • Inpatient Treatment/Residential Rehab
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Behavioral Counseling

Drug addiction is a physical and psychological disease that may require medical care, as well as mental health and behavioral health treatment.

Treatment services for benzodiazepine drug addiction are commonly offered on an inpatient or outpatient basis by drug rehab centers.

Restoril Withdrawal And Detox

Withdrawal refers to a set of symptoms that arise when someone who has become dependent on drugs tries to quit or reduce their substance use.

Withdrawal symptoms—such as muscle cramps, agitation, and drug cravings—can set in within as little as a few hours after someone’s last dose.

Benzodiazepines like Restoril are notoriously difficult to withdraw from. Even people who take temazepam as prescribed can develop physical dependence and experience withdrawal.

Some benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous, including seizures and suicide risk. For this reason, it’s highly recommended that those who wish to stop taking benzodiazepines seek professional treatment.

The safest way to stop using Restoril is medical detoxification. Medical detox is an acute, around-the-clock treatment program offered in some inpatient rehab centers. This offers 24-hour medical and behavioral support in a quiet and supervised environment.

Within a detox program, patients can be monitored for severe withdrawal symptoms and receive treatment to ease withdrawal and reduce drug cravings.

Detox professionals can create a customized tapering plan for residents, and coordinate continued care in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.

Residential Rehab Centers

Breaking free from the cycle of drug addiction requires more than just getting sober. Residential rehabilitation provides 24-hour support and a way to address the root cause of drug addiction through intensive treatment.

At Spring Hill, we offer a comprehensive residential rehab program to help residents heal from the physical, mental, and emotional effects of living with addiction.

Our residential rehab program features a wide array of addiction treatments and therapies, such as:

  • customized treatment
  • 24-hour access to care
  • supportive and compassionate treatment staff
  • evidence-based treatment
  • dual diagnosis treatment
  • traditional and holistic therapies
  • relapse prevention planning
  • aftercare services

Our substance abuse professionals understand that not everyone responds to certain types of therapy or treatment the same way.

A wide array of treatment services gives each resident the opportunity to find the treatment that works best for them through a collaborative approach with our healthcare professionals.

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Outpatient treatment is a less intensive form of treatment that does not involve residing in a treatment center.

Instead, individuals attend treatment at a rehab facility, or meet with an outpatient treatment provider, for a predetermined amount of time per week.

Types of outpatient treatment programs include:

Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization

Day treatment programs involve attending treatment at a rehab center for up to 25 hours a week. During this time, patients may attend individual counseling sessions, group therapy, and meet with a general physician or psychiatrist as needed.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive treatment programs typically require attending treatment for a few hours in the afternoon or evening, a few days a week.

Standard Outpatient Treatment

In lieu of a structured treatment program, individuals may attend weekly counseling appointments and check in with a general physician for continued support in early recovery.


At Spring Hill, we encourage our patients to remain connected to our rehab center for ongoing recovery support through our alumni support network.

This network, which patients gain access to following their fourth week of treatment, connects former and current patients to alumni support groups and recovery-oriented events.

In addition, Spring Hill can also help coordinate temporary housing at a nearby sober living home for residents who wish to continue attending outpatient treatment at our rehab center.

This may be most suitable for people who travel to our rehab facility for treatment or who otherwise lack a supportive home environment.

Specialized Treatment Services For Restoril Addiction

At Spring Hill, we understand the importance of offering treatment services that are proven to promote better recovery outcomes in people overcoming benzodiazepine abuse.

Within our treatment programs, we offer the following evidence-based treatments:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment

Research shows that these treatment services can reduce a person’s risk for relapse, improve mental health, and provide individuals with supportive strategies to better manage stress and other triggers.

Begin Your Journey Towards Addiction Recovery At Spring Hill

At Spring Hill Recovery Center, we know that recovery from drug addiction is possible. If you or a loved one in or near Massachusetts requires treatment for Restoril addiction, look no further than Spring Hill.

Our accredited addiction rehab center based in Ashby, Massachusetts offers a supportive and comfortable setting for people to learn the tools they need to build a fulfilling future in recovery.

We offer a range of treatment programs, including residential rehab and intensive outpatient treatment.

Although based in Massachusetts, our recovery center serves the Greater New England region. If you live in a surrounding state, our administrative staff can help coordinate travel and verify your insurance.

Don’t wait to learn what Spring Hill can do for you or a loved one struggling with addiction. Call us today to learn more about our addiction recovery programs and our current availability.

  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus—Temazepam
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse—Benzodiazepines and Opioids
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—2018 NSDUH Key Findings

Written by Spring Hill Recovery Editorial Team

© 2024 Spring Hill Recovery | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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