This one may be hard to understand for some people... in fact, for most people who have stuck to using Ambien "as prescribed" for sleep. For those who have tried fighting off the "knockout" effect for awhile, some of you will be closer (to varying degrees) to understanding what's going on with SWIM. I believe he has a mild physical addiction to Ambien (i.e. dysphoria, mild anxiety, stomach pains if he goes without) but he has never before experienced a stronger *psychological* addiction to any substance... ever! I have recently taken to dropping 5mg Ambien in his cup of morning tea! Not to mention eating 'em like candy during the day, because he gets this peaceful/relaxed yet energized euphoria. Maybe he needs to look into frickin' alcohol! A few beers or something... SWIM refilled his Ambien script (30 tablets) on the 19th, which was four days ago. He is now down to 2 1/2 tablets. That means he went through seven tablets/day (up from four/day on his last prescription). If the physical part of the addiction is mild, it sure won't remain so for long at this rate. I will be seeing his doctor on the 24th (tomorrow) and is going to request a switch to Lunesta. He thinks his doctor will go for it, as (A) it's FDA approved for long-term use, and (B) its half-life is 6 hours, which means you don't need to keep taking it and taking it and taking it and TAKING IT just to stay asleep, let alone for its relaxing/energizing qualities during the day. I will have to break this addiction, but in the meantime he's grasping at straws... like trying to cash out on some stuff so he can order from ridiculously pricey U.S. online pharmacies. If that doesn't work, he's fully willing to go "doctor shopping" & pay full retail price for Ambien tablets. Help...?