What are Benzos?
In recent years, the opioid epidemic has received notable attention in the media. On the positive note, medications such as Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are usually prescribed to treat anxiety and help people. On the other hand, prescribed benzos take a heavy tall. The number of drug dependencies and even fatalities from prescription drugs is increasing every year.
Surprisingly, these are the most prescribed medications in the United States. Physicians often prescribe Benzodiazepine for a long period of time, even though it causes dependence. Outpatient prescriptions increased dramatically in recent years, and sadly also the extreme addiction and overdose cases.
In fact, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids rose from 3,442 in 1,999 to 17,030 in 2017. A combination of Benzodiazepines and opioids resulted in 30% of the deaths. At the Center for Network Therapy, we are dedicated to helping people recover from substance abuse and return to their productive roles in their family, workplace, and community.
Benzodiazepine medications prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, insomnia, seizures. It’s a popular type of tranquilizer medication. Extremely addictive drugs in the benzodiazepine family are Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and Valium.
While working on the central nervous system, the medicine produces muscle relaxation and lowers anxiety levels. Popular for the short calmness effects and desired relaxation, benzodiazepine medications are addictive and could lead to severe withdrawal symptoms when stopped abruptly after continues usage.
Dependence on Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines cause dependence in similar ways to opioids. The pills are frequently taken with alcohol or other medications. For example to spike the high from opiate abuse. This abuse is very dangerous and can end in overdose. Benzodiazepines are also known as date rape drugs in order to make sexual assault easier.
If you or your loved ones are taking benzodiazepines more than prescribed, please be aware of the following overdose symptoms:
- Body Weakness
- Blurry vision
- Breathing difficulty
- Dysarthria (slurred speech)
- Coordination loss
As sedative hypnotics, Benzodiazepines work on the central nervous system. The drug slows down brain activity while producing relaxation. After an extended term of usage, it doesn’t take much for the body to depend on the drug. Usually, when doctors notice drug abuse signs, they stop giving prescriptions. Most people that develop dependence, continue buying the drug while paying the street value for it. When stopping abruptly withdrawal symptoms begin to occur, in worst scenarios resulting in seizures.
What are the Withdrawl Symptoms and Risks?
Withdrawal symptoms usually develop 3 to 4 days after the last misuse and can last for up to two weeks. It is highly advisable to cut down usage gradually under the supervision of professional addiction treatment experts.
When stopped abruptly, Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can develop.
- Anxiety and tension
- Concentration difficulty
- Hand tremor
- Insomnia and sleep disturbance
- Irritability and increased tension
- Muscular pain and stiffness
- Nausea and vomiting some
- Panic attacks
- Weight loss, palpitations
Coming off of high doses of benzodiazepines can cause severe conditions such as seizures and abnormal psychotic reactions.
There are many complications and risks involved in benzo withdrawal. If you developed a dependence, please don’t stop without medical supervision. At CNT, treatment facilities experienced in benzodiazepine withdrawal management. Our team of addiction treatment professionals has been detoxing individuals off of benzodiazepines successfully for many years. The safest settings for the treatment of benzo withdrawal require medical assistance and pharmacological intervention.
Librium is the most common medication used to help individuals with benzodiazepine withdrawal. This medicine must be given based on individual needs and conditions. Along the side of medical treatment, rehabilitation facilities support psychological discomfort through individual and group therapy.
At CNT, Outpatient Detox programs are designed to prevent any physical or psychological complications. Your comfort is also highly important. Our trained and certified staff addresses the individual requirements of each patient.
If you are looking for a high-quality benzodiazepine treatment program, you have come to the right place. Please call immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.Share