Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepine Addiction

Substance Abuse

Benzodiazepine Addiction

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What are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepine, sometimes called “benzos” is a class of drug also known as tranquilizers. They are primarily used to treat severe anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. These are one of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States. When utilized without a prescription and outside of medical observance, individuals who take benzodiazepines for the sedative effects can abuse the drug and may become addicted over time. Common benzodiazepines are Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam). Xanax often treats anxiety disorders and Valium may treat alcohol withdrawal, anxiety, and seizures.

Drug Effects

Benzodiazepines increase the neurotransmitter GABA which inhibits signals to the nervous system, ultimately causing a sedative effect. In high doses, individuals who take benzodiazepines may experience drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, weakness, blurred vision, and even coma.

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Benzodiazepine Addiction

Signs of Abuse

Benzodiazepines can cause physical and psychological dependence, causing the user to take more of the drug for a heightened effect. When combined with other drugs, especially alcohol and opiates, they can be fatal.
  • Needing to take higher doses for the same effect
  • Craving the drug
  • Dependence on drug to perform activities of daily living including work.
  • Spending a substantial amount of time seeking the drug
  • Decreased motivation
  • Signs of Physical Dependence

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma
  • Aggression
  • Irritability
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    Withdrawal Effects

    Individuals who take benzodiazepines long-term may experience withdrawal effects. The longer an individual takes these drugs, the more severe the symptoms become. Over time, the brain becomes chemically altered, requiring the drug in order to function properly.

    Signs of Withdrawal include:

    • Depression
    • Hallucinations
    • Delusions
    • Seizures
    • Blurred vision
    • Tremors
    • Restlessness
    • Anxiety

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    Treatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction

    Benzodiazepine addiction is serious, and it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Depending on severity of benzodiazepine abuse, withdrawal can be fatal. It is important to seek medically supervised detox in order to prevent risk of death.

    If you or someone you know is in danger of addition, there is help available. At Water Gap Wellness Center, we treat the root causes of addiction in a variety of settings. Our trained medical and clinical staff will guide you along the way to recovery from benzodiazepine addiction.

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    Many insurance plans cover the cost of Water Gap Wellness Center’s treatment plans – Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Rehab. Although Water Gap Wellness Center accepts benefits from most major insurers, it is essential to verify coverage before admission. Your admission counselor partners with you to determine coverage and benefits from companies like Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, UHC, UMR, Humana, Magellan, Horizon, etc.

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