Is Ambien addictive?
My experience is that it is — I even started snorting Ambien.
Ambien is habit forming as far as I can tell. I’ve abused Ambien many times and had a prescription for it.
Ambien, also known as Zolpidem, is addictive in that you can find yourself abusing it to get high.
Now is Ambien physically addictive? The doctors say yes, and my personal experience confirms that.
Is Ambien Addictive? — My Experience
Ambien is a drug that’s meant to help with insomnia. It was created as an alternative to benzodiazepines like Xanax that used to be prescribed for sleep problems.
I knew for a long time that you could get high off of Ambien, but I didn’t start abusing it until I was about 23 or so.
Though I’d heard that you could trip off it (just like if you took a hallucinogen) if you took it while you were awake, I never really experienced that. That might just be because I didn’t take it in the right quantities.
However, I still became addicted to it. I started taking it the way I was supposed to at first. I would take it right before bed, and I’ll be honest — it definitely helped with my insomnia.
Things were good for a while. I took it the way I was supposed to, and even though I was abusing other drugs, especially OxyContin, I didn’t immediately start abusing Ambien.
I was drinking pretty heavily at the time, and I would drink a lot before bed, so I guess I should have seen it coming, but I found myself slowly but surely taking my Ambien earlier and earlier before I went to bed.
At first, I just took it about an hour before bedtime. That lasted maybe a few weeks. Then I found myself taking it two hours before bed — after drinking.
That’s when it started to be a problem. Drinking on Ambien is like drinking on Xanax — it’s a really bad idea.
I started having memory loss as a result of this behavior. I didn’t really see it as a problem though.
Then it got worse — a lot worse.
I Started Snorting Ambien (Snorting Zolpidem)
I had been drinking on Ambien for a long time at this point. I was trying to stay off OxyContin and to just drink, so I had convinced myself that Ambien didn’t count as a drug — mostly because I was prescribed it.
This was a lie. A lie to myself.
It was total bullshit.
I was absolutely abusing it by mixing it with alcohol. I was experiencing blackouts constantly because I was mixing Ambien with alcohol, which meant that I was having serious memory problems.
I was dating a girl at the time, and she saw how serious it was becoming.
But it got worse.
I started snorting Ambien.
First I did it at night before I went to bed. That lasted for a while, but then I started snorting Zolpidem earlier and earlier, mixing it with alcohol in that way.
Not long after that, I started snorting Ambien in the morning.
Yes, Ambien is addictive — seriously addictive. When I was snorting it, it was the same as snorting Xanax or Klonopin — it made me feel loopy and sleepy (what a surprise).
And I liked that high.
I liked it a lot.
What the Ambien High Is Like (And Why You Should Avoid It)
The Ambien high is essentially like abusing anything that affects the GABA receptor, which includes benzodiazepines and alcohol.
The high is like these drugs. You lose your inhibitions and do things you wouldn’t normally do. You’ll get out of control, but you won’t feel the drugs as powerfully as other drugs, like opiates or meth.
It’s a subtle high essentially, a heady high, and that’s what makes it so dangerous.
The high isn’t obvious, so it’s common for people to want to potentiate it (make it stronger) by mixing other drugs with it.
That’s why I would drink on Ambien — the Ambien alone wasn’t enough to give me the high I wanted.
The Ambien high is really not a great high by itself, but mixing it with other drugs to make it stronger is extremely dangerous.
It’s very easy to overdose on Ambien if you’ve mixed it with something like alcohol or Xanax.
Even mixing it with uppers like coke or meth is dangerous.
If you’re looking to get high off Ambien, my recommendation is that you don’t. It’s much better to smoke some weed or drink a responsible amount of alcohol than to try to abuse Ambien.
Snorting Ambien Caused Me Serious Problems
Ambien is addictive as hell, and when I was snorting it, I got out of control. I was snorting Ambien in the mornings before starting my day.
I started missing classes at school and not showing up for work. I eventually lost my job.
But today I’m sober from Ambien and other drugs.
To learn how I stay sober every week, week after week, check out my guide to staying sober.
Is Ambien addictive? Absolutely.
It’s not something to mess around with.