Benzodiazepine drugs can be an effective form of treatment for people who struggle with anxiety or insomnia, or live with other conditions such as seizures. However, as helpful as benzodiazepines can be to people with a need for the medication, they can be very addictive.The powerful addictive pull of benzodiazepines also makes them dangerous to people who begin using the drugs recreationally.
In any case, benzodiazepines can be hard to quit — but it can be done with professional help and a strong support network. Metro Atlanta Treatment can provide this for you and guide you on your path to recovery.
We are here to help if you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to benzodiazepines. We offer traditional substance abuse treatment models and alternative forms of therapy, all of which are effective.
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What are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are tranquilizer-type drugs that create feelings of calmness, relax the muscles, and sedate patients. For these reasons, benzodiazepines are effective medication for treating insomnia, anxiety, and seizures, and for relaxing patients before administering anesthesia or starting a procedure.
Some of the most commonly used types of benzodiazepines include:
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Valium (diazepam)
Signs and Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Abuse
You may be able to identify a person who is abusing benzodiazepines if they exhibit some of the effects of using the drug, such as appearing especially relaxed or sedated. However, as a person’s tolerance increases and they begin using more of the drug, the effects they experience can progress or change. A person may exhibit more intense symptoms than a person who is using benzodiazepines as directed.
Symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse may include:
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty breathing
Addiction to benzodiazepines can also be identified through changes in a person’s behavior, rather than through physical symptoms. These changes in behavior, in conjunction with the physical signs of benzodiazepine abuse, could be indicative of a struggle with addiction.
Additional signs of benzodiazepine addiction may include:
- Using benzodiazepines without a prescription
- Constantly refilling a prescription if benzodiazepine use has been ordered by a doctor
- Financial struggles
- Acting secretive, lying, or hiding things
- Avoiding friends and family
- Failing to fulfill personal and professional obligations
- Being impulsive, risky, or using poor judgement
- Using benzodiazepines with alcohol or other drugs
Long Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Addiction
As a person begins to increasingly use more benzodiazepines because of addiction, they can experience physical symptoms, mental issues, and behavioral changes that can be life-altering. In the long term, excessive benzodiazepine use can cause a person to experience the issues that caused them to begin using the drug, such as anxiety and insomnia. Additional long term effects of benzodiazepine addiction may include anorexia, weakness, severe headaches, organ damage, coma, and memory loss. Like any addiction, benzodiazepine abuse can lead to overdose. A benzodiazepine overdose can be fatal.
A person who attempts to quit using benzodiazepines on their own can experience severe withdrawal symptoms. For this reason, it is important to get professional help to stop using benzodiazepines.
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At Metro Atlanta Treatment, we offer the quality substance abuse treatment programs that are essential to curb addiction issues. We are dedicated to your recovery and will support you throughout your journey to sobriety. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you begin working on your treatment.
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