Benzodiazepine (Benzos) Addiction
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Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia. They’re also used to treat symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and to sedate patients before surgery.
When used as prescribed by a doctor, the drugs are safe and effective. However, using benzodiazepines for other purposes can cause addiction and other serious health problems.
Benzodiazepines that can cause addiction include:
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
Like other addictive drugs, benzodiazepines cause a dopamine release, which is a chemical that contributes to how we feel happiness. People that develop a benzo dependance do not feel normal or happy without their benzos. What can start out as a prescription can lead to the individual taking more than prescribed and feeling a high that they continue to chase.
A person with a mild benzodiazepine use disorder may be able to stop using benzos on their own, but quitting the drugs abruptly can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Quitting with assistance from a health professional is safer.
A person with a severe benzodiazepine use disorder requires professional treatment and support to quit using the drugs. With the right balance of treatment, support and effort, recovery from benzodiazepine addiction is possible.
When someone who is dependent on a benzodiazepine stops taking the drug, they experience withdrawal symptoms.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Panic attacks
Take the first step towards recovery and a healthy, happy, drug-free life and call us, or schedule a free, no obligation consultation on benzo dependance rehab therapy treatment.