Mogadon addiction


Nitrazepam, more commonly known by its brand name Mogadon, is a sedative that is sometimes prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy. Since it was introduced in 1965, it has become very widely used but it can also be incredibly addictive like many of the other medications in the Benzodiazepine family. Mogadon addiction can develop rapidly and once someone is addicted, it can be very difficult to give up the drug without professional treatment. Liberty House has helped many people overcome addiction to Mogadon and we can help you get started on your recovery journey too.

What is Mogadon and how is it used and abused?

Mogadon works by depressing the central nervous system and is taken by people both as a legitimate medication and for recreational purposes. For instance, people might take it to relieve the symptoms of anxiety or help them sleep if they have insomnia. Unfortunately, Mogadon is often abused because it helps people to feel more relaxed or to “come down” after taking stimulants like cocaine.

Even if you are taking Mogadon legitimately, it is important to be aware of the risk of Mogadon addiction.

What is Mogadon addiction?

Mogadon addiction is defined as the compulsive use of the drug despite negative consequences.

Mogadon addiction can develop in different ways. Some people start taking Mogadon legitimately but then find that they need to take more and more of the drug to get the same effect. This is because tolerance develops quickly with Mogadon and people can easily become dependent on the drug. Others start taking Mogadon recreationally and then find that they cannot stop taking it as they too become physically dependent on it.

Mogadon addiction involves both this physical dependence and psychological dependence. There are various underlying psychological and environmental factors which can increase the likelihood of you developing Mogadon addiction. These include:

  • A family history of addiction
  • Mental health problems
  • Childhood trauma or abuse
  • Social isolation
  • Stressful life events

Do I have a Mogadon addiction?

Identifying any prescription drug addiction, such as a reliance on Mogadon, can be trickier than spotting illegal drug addiction because you may have been instructed to take Mogadon by a doctor. However, there are some tell-tale signs that may indicate you have an addiction. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I take Mogadon more often or in higher doses than prescribed?
  • Have I needed to increase my Mogadon use to get the same effects?
  • Have I tried to stop taking Mogadon and experienced Mogadon withdrawal symptoms?
  • Do Mogadon effects interfere with my work, school or home life?
  • Do I continue to take Mogadon even though it is causing me problems?
  • Have I been using Mogadon to self-medicate for another problem, such as anxiety or depression?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, it’s possible that you have a Mogadon addiction and should seek professional help. Liberty House can help you to overcome your Mogadon addiction and have a fresh start in life.

The negative effects of nitrazepam addiction

Physical health effects of nitrazepam addiction can include:

  • Impaired coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizure
  • Coma


Mental health effects of nitrazepam addiction can include:

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory problems
  • Changes in mood and behaviour

The effects of nitrazepam addiction on life can be far-reaching and devastating. You could lose your job, home, and family as a result of your addiction and even experience legal troubles as nitrazepam is a controlled substance in the UK.

Am I enabling my loved one’s Mogadon addiction?

Enabling a Mogadon addiction is a serious issue because it will make the problem worse and stop your loved one from seeking the help they need. Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Do I make excuses for their Mogadon use?
  • Do I cover up for them when they miss work or appointments because they’re using Mogadon?
  • Do I give them money to buy Mogadon even though I know they’re going to use it?

If the answer is yes, then you need to think about how to change your behaviour. This will be hard, but it may be vital in helping your loved one overcome their Mogadon addiction. Instead of these enabling behaviours, here are some ways you can help:

  • Talk to them about your concerns in a non-judgmental way
  • Encourage them to contact Liberty House
  • Offer to go with them to visit Liberty House
  • Research Mogadon addiction treatment options
  • Attend mutual support group meetings with them, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Encourage healthy habits and hobbies

Mogadon detox and withdrawal

Mogadon detox is the process of ridding your body of the drug. It is best done under medical guidance at a professional Mogadon detox centre like Liberty House, as Mogadon withdrawal can be dangerous and can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Coma

At Liberty House, our experienced medical staff will help to make you as comfortable as possible while you complete the Mogadon detox and will also provide you with any medication you need to manage Mogadon withdrawal symptoms.

How long does nitrazepam withdrawal last?

During nitrazepam detox, nitrazepam withdrawal symptoms will usually start within 24 hours of your last dose and peak after two to three days. After this, they should start to subside within two weeks although some people may experience protracted withdrawal symptoms as those that result from benzodiazepine addiction can last for months. If you have protracted nitrazepam withdrawal, Liberty House will speak to your GP, so you continue to get treatment and support after you have returned home.

Mogadon rehab

While detox is necessary to break your physical dependence on the drug, the aim of rehab treatment is to address the root causes of your addiction and help you to develop the skills you need to maintain your sobriety in the long term.

Liberty House offers inpatient Mogadon rehab as we believe that this is the best environment for recovery. This means that you reside at the centre for the duration of your treatment so you can fully immerse yourself in recovery groups and support. Our residential Mogadon rehab centre provides no distractions or access to Mogadon, offers 24/7 care and support and will give you the opportunity to get to know the other people in recovery and bond with the therapists (who are in recovery themselves.) The people you meet during this time will enable you to start building your support network which can be so important for Mogadon addiction recovery.

The following addiction therapies and treatments are available as part of our Liberty House Mogadon Rehab programme:


These therapies and treatments are evidence-based and have been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of Mogadon addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with Mogadon addiction, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Participating in aftercare once you have completed Mogadon rehab is just as important as the first part of your journey, as it will help you ease your way back into your day-to-day life. It can be difficult to maintain your sobriety when you return home as you will be faced with old triggers and temptations. That’s why we offer an aftercare programme which includes weekly group therapy sessions where you can share your experiences, seek advice about Mogadon cravings and offer support to others. Our aftercare programme lasts for a full year and is free for all UKAT clients.

Mogadon relapse and prevention

Relapse is when you go back to taking Mogadon after a period of sobriety. It is a common occurrence (around 40-60% of people relapse after receiving addiction treatment). While it can be frustrating, it is important to know that relapse is an opportunity to learn and to do things differently next time.

The following are some tips to help you prevent relapse:

  • Identify your Mogadon addiction triggers and avoid them
  • Disconnect yourself from friends who still use Mogadon
  • Attend group meetings and continue with therapy during aftercare
  • Speak to your support network when you’re experiencing Mogadon cravings
  • Stay connected to UKAT’s Alumni Network for extra support
  • Exercise and eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Do not use other drugs or alcohol
  • Take up new hobbies and activities

If you do relapse, it is important not to let it get you down. Remember how far you have come and try to look at it as just another obstacle to overcome. With perseverance and the right support, you will get there.

The next step

If you or someone you know is struggling with Mogadon addiction, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Liberty House. We have a proven track record in helping people to overcome their Mogadon addiction and we can help you too. Get in touch with us today and our admissions team will help you get started on your road to recovery.


Frequently asked questions

Can Mogadon addiction be cured?
Mogadon addiction is a chronic illness which means that it cannot be cured in the traditional sense of the word. However, it can be managed with the right treatment and support and that always begins with Mogadon detox, Mogadon rehab and aftercare. After that, most people will need to continue to work hard to maintain sobriety.
Is Mogadon addiction as harmful as illegal drug addiction?
Mogadon addiction is often viewed as less harmful than illegal drug addiction because Mogadon is legal. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Mogadon addiction is just as harmful as any other kind of addiction and can lead to the same kinds of negative consequences. This is why if you are addicted to Mogadon, it is crucial that you seek professional help as soon as possible.
How long does Mogadon recovery take?
There is no definitive answer to this question as different people’s recovery journeys vary. For some people, one time in Mogadon rehab will be enough for them to quit forever, while others may need a couple of tries to overcome Mogadon addiction. There are also varying lengths of Mogadon addiction treatment programmes to fit different schedules. At Liberty House, for example, we offer Mogadon rehab programmes ranging from two weeks to twelve weeks to ensure that everyone can find a programme which suits them.