Abuse of benzodiazepines, or benzo abuse, has been a major problem in the U.S. for decades. This is partly due to how easily accessible prescription benzodiazepines used to be. It also doesn’t help that doctors use to overprescribe these certain medications.
Since benzo abuse is so common, it’s important to recognize the signs of benzo addiction. The quicker people recognize benzo addiction symptoms, the quicker people can stop abusing benzos and attend benzo addiction treatment.
Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are man-made prescription medications that interact with the central nervous system in a way that slows it down. As a result, benzodiazepines can slow down the brain and relax the muscles in the body.
Due to the sedative effects of benzodiazepines, many medical professionals refer to benzodiazepines as tranquilizers. The sedative effects of benzodiazepines are also the reason why doctors often prescribe them to patients to treat disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, and seizures.
Some doctors even use benzodiazepines to help treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This is because some of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms include disorders that benzos normally help treat, such as insomnia and seizures. Examples of well-known benzos are Valium and Xanax.
One major reason why people abuse benzos is that they misuse their benzo prescriptions. Many people with benzo prescriptions abuse them by taking more than what is prescribed for them to take at one time. Many people do this with the pure intention of trying to quicken the effects of their benzo prescriptions.
For example, someone that is taking benzodiazepines for insomnia may feel that the benzos are not working fast enough to help him or her fall asleep. As a result, that person may take more benzo pills at one time than what is prescribed for that person to take. Continuing to take more benzos than what is prescribed to take can cause someone to develop a dependency and addiction toward the substance.
Another common way of benzo abuse is by taking the prescribed medications for a longer period of time than they’re supposed to. For example, someone that suffers from anxiety may continue to take prescription benzos even after they’re prescribed not to any longer. The reason for this is because that person may feel as if he or she continues to suffer from severe anxiety and thus needs to continue to take the benzo pills to treat the condition.
Other individuals take part in benzo abuse because they like the euphoric and sedative effects of the substance. These are the people that intentionally abuse benzos.
Benzodiazepines are classified based on how long their effects last. There are three categories for benzo classifications. One is ultra-short acting, another is short-acting, and the third is long-acting.
Examples of short-acting benzodiazepines are Xanax and Ativan. Ultra short-acting benzodiazepines are Versed and Halcion. Examples of long-acting benzodiazepines are Librium and Valium.
Of the benzos listed above, there are some that drug users will tend to favor over others. That being the case, drugs like Xanax and Valium are favorites of prescription drug users. That’s due in large part to the fact that doctors prefer to prescribe these drugs for anxiety and sleep issues. Therefore, Valium, Ativan, and Xanax are popular medications for people to use recreationally because they are plentiful and affordable.
Long-term benzo abuse causes brain damage. People that abuse benzos over a long period of time may even find themselves losing motor and muscle control. Chronic benzo abuse also often leads to benzo addiction.
Benzo abuse on its own rarely causes people to overdose though. Still, when mixed with other substances such as alcohol, benzos can cause an overdose or even death.
The reason why benzo abuse can lead to overdose or death when mixed with alcohol is because both benzos and alcohol are sedatives. Too many sedatives can knock a person out and slow their body’s system down to the point of causing death.
If you’re addicted to benzos, you likely exhibit the following signs of benzo addiction.
Behavioral benzo abuse symptoms include:
While benzo overdose is very unlikely on its own, when mixed with other substances, benzo overdose is very much possible. For that reason, it might benefit you to recognize the signs of a benzo overdose.
The signs of benzo overdose include:
If a benzo addict were to suddenly stop using benzos, his or her body would likely revolt. The revolt would take the form of some significant withdrawal symptoms. These benzo withdrawal symptoms include:
Since benzo withdrawal symptoms can pose problems to an individual’s overall health, any benzo addict that decides to stop using substances should attend medical detox. When attending medical detox for benzo addiction, physicians and a medical staff will be there to guide you through the detox process. Also, if you experience severe withdrawal symptoms while medically detoxing from benzos, physicians will prescribe you medications to help you manage your withdrawal symptoms.
After completing detox, you must attend benzo addiction treatment. During benzo addiction treatment, you’ll receive addiction therapy.
It’s also during this time that you’ll discover what your benzo addiction triggers are. You’ll even learn proper coping mechanisms to deal with your addiction triggers while in rehab.
Forms of therapy that you’ll likely experience during benzo addiction treatment include:
If you’re showing signs of benzo abuse and addiction, you cannot afford to take chances. You need to get help as soon as possible. At Grace Land Recovery Center, we are here to give you that help. That’s why we offer our patients specialized addiction treatment for substances such as benzodiazepines.
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