In both types of dependences, finding and using the sedative becomes the focus in life.
Both physical and psychological dependence can be treated with therapy.
Sedatives and alcohol are sometimes combined recreationally or carelessly.
Since alcohol is a strong depressant that slows brain function and depresses respiration, the two substances compound each other's actions and this combination can prove fatal.
About half of all the people admitted to emergency rooms in the U. as a result of nonmedical use of sedatives have a legitimate prescription for the drug, but have taken an excessive dose or combined it with alcohol or other drugs.
Barbiturate overdose is a factor in nearly one-third of all reported drug-related deaths.Some heroin users may take them either to supplement their drug or to substitute for it.Stimulant users may take sedatives to calm excessive jitteriness.Lorazepam is one such pharmacological agent that can cause anterograde amnesia.Intensive care unit patients who receive higher doses over longer periods, typically via IV drip, are more likely to experience such side effects.