Seconal is a potent barbiturate that is prescribed for short-term use to help people with insomnia fall asleep. It is also used to sedate patients before surgery. Those who use it illicitly do so to experience euphoria, which can be dangerous or even cause a fatality.

Seconal or barbiturates can be abused by crushing the pills into a powder that can be inhaled through the nose. It also can be injected intravenously after mixing the powder into a liquid. If it is taken in ways other than prescribed or taken in excessive amounts, that is also considered substance abuse.

What Is Seconal?

Seconal is the brand name for secobarbital, a barbiturate medication prescribed for sleep disorders. Some barbiturates can be used as anticonvulsants in helping to control seizures.

Barbiturates are in a group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) depressants, which are medicines that can produce drowsiness. They work in the brain and CNS to produce effects that may be helpful if used as directed, or harmful if not.

It is a federally controlled substance that can produce paranoia or suicidal ideation, and impair memory, judgment, and coordination. If it is used with other substances, specifically alcohol, it can slow breathing and possibly lead to death. Seconal cannot be refilled without a doctor’s prescription.

The drug is most often in the form of a capsule that should be taken by mouth. It is usually taken at bedtime. It is imperative to take Seconal as prescribed. According to MedlinePlus, it should be taken within seven to 10 days to improve sleeping problems. If Seconal is taken longer than two weeks, addiction can develop.

People who use it recreationally know it by several names. Among them are barbs, phennies, reds, red birds, yellows, yellow jackets, and tooies.


What Are the Signs of Seconal Addiction?

According to WebMD, Seconal addiction signs are similar to those of other barbiturates when abused. These symptoms may be experienced and can be similar to alcohol intoxication:

  • Slow, slurred speech
  • Shallow breathing
  • Irritation
  • Mood swings
  • Thinking problems, unclear thinking
  • Confusion
  • Reduced emotional reactions
  • Physical coordination issues
  • Motor control problems

If higher doses are taken, it can lead to unconsciousness and possibly death. Seconal addiction can develop if the substance is taken inappropriately. People who take Seconal for a long time can go into withdrawal quickly if they stop taking it suddenly or “cold turkey.” If this occurs, users may take more of the medication to ease the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that can lead to relapse or overdose.

Some of the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that may be felt include a high fever, anxiety, restlessness, aggressiveness, nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and exhaustion. Those who use Seconal for a long time could endure seizures, hallucinations, and possibly suicidal thoughts if they suddenly stop taking it.

It is safer to enter an addiction treatment center to go through withdrawal.

Seconal Addiction Treatment

Many people find it very difficult to stop taking Seconal on their own. An addiction treatment program is the safest way to end barbiturate use. Treatment programs are guided by specialists who can lead the way to long-term recovery.

The first and most critical step in Seconal addiction is medical detox. Health care professionals monitor this process 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The client is kept as comfortable as possible as they are weaned off of the substance. Clients may be administered medicines to alleviate symptoms. Detox is conducted off-site from Desert View Recovery.

When a patient’s stability is confirmed, clients are evaluated and placed in a treatment program that helps them get to the root of their addiction. Treatment programs are individualized for each client’s needs and preferences so that they can get the most out of their addiction treatment and recovery.


What Levels of Care Does Desert View Recovery Offer?

Desert View Recovery offers a partial hospitalization program and an intensive outpatient program. We aim to help people address addiction and its underlying causes. We provide guidance and resources to help people deal with the challenges of becoming sober. The services we provide will help an individual get to the root of their substance use disorder.

Which Therapies Are Offered at Desert View Recovery?

Desert View Recovery offers a variety of evidence-based therapies that address addiction and any underlying mental health issues. We provide several different types of therapy that are specific to each individual. Your therapy options will not be the same as someone else’s. Individuals may go through some common treatments that benefit almost every substance use disorder, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.

How Dangerous Is Seconal Abuse?

Seconal is a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and chemical dependency. If taken in higher doses than prescribed, it can produce dangerous health effects, including death. Withdrawal from Seconal can be equally as dangerous.

The main dangers of barbiturates are that they are highly addictive, and it doesn’t take too much of the medication to overdose. The chances are even higher for overdose and possible death if users abuse Seconal with other substances at the same time. Addiction treatment is the safest way to end Seconal use.

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