Citation: Bassmunky8. "My Little Addiction: An Experience with Triazolam (Halcion) (exp16010)". Erowid.org. May 27, 2006. erowid.org/exp/16010
I have been plagued by insomnia for years, and it was only recently that I went to the doctor for pharmaceutical assistance. I was prescribed Sonata and that usually did the trick. I sometimes took it during the day for a mellow 'high' feeling. Then my sister (who suffered from short-term insomnia, brought on by stress) came home from college with a whole bottle full of Halcion. I decided to give this small white pill a try.
I took it the first time and fell asleep much fast and calmer than with Sonata. Three nights later I once again found myself without sleep and went to the bottle again. Two nights later I did the same. This continued to happen until I was taking them every night just to fall asleep. The bottle was running low, and I was relieved when my sister ordered a refill, no questions asked. My life and sleep pattern dragged on, a slave to the Halcion. During the day I was numb, strung-out and indifferent to the world. I felt overjoyed when night came and it was time for the pill. Eventually I needed two pills just for an effect. I finally recognized the addiction I was in.
My first night without the Halcion was absolute hell. I had hid the bottle far under my sister's bed earlier in the day, figuring I'd be wanting it later and knowing I wouldn't retrieve it there for fear of waking her and needing to explain. I was absolutely restless and twitchy all night, and did not fall asleep at all. The next day I was irritable and cranky and started craving the pill, something I had never done during the day. The same followed the second night and day, and the third. I normally smoke one pack of cigs a day, but during this small time I went through eleven and a half. It was not until the fourth night off that I slept, and this was only for three hours. After that, it became easier, and within two days the cravings were basically gone. I now stay away from Halcions completely and stick with my Sonatas.
After using recreational drugs for two years, I was surprised to find my first real drug addiction (besides cigarettes) to something that wasn't even real fun. I got hooked just trying to sleep, and getting off of it was an absolute torture.
COPYRIGHTS: All reports are copyright Erowid and you agree not to download or analyze the report data without contacting Erowid Center and receiving permission first.
Experience Reports are the writings and opinions of the individual authors who submit them.
Some of the activities described are dangerous and/or illegal and none are recommended by Erowid Center.