Alcohol addiction treatment may trigger insomnia: study


People undergoing alcohol addiction treatment may suffer from persistent and prevalent insomnia, according to a new study published in Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  The effect was enlarged by five times for the people who are in early phases of treatment, says the study.

“Treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of sobriety and quality of life,” according to Dr. Nicholas Rosenlicht from the University of San Francisco in the United States.

Alcohol addiction is one of the prime reason for sleep related problem and with its toxic effect it further triggers insomnia. Researchers observed nearly 4000 alcohol addicts and found that addiction therapy inherited several behavioral changes. In the it was found that different medicine reflected various changes in behavior. Thus, clinicians should be careful while prescribing medicines to alcohol addicts as this may show adverse effects and trigger insomnia. Even after the discontinuation the therapy, adverse effects were seen including “rebound insomnia.”

“Treatment of insomnia after abstinence represents an important treatment target and an integral part of any recovery plan,” Rosenlicht said.

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