Benzodiazepines, commonly known as benzos, are a class of prescription drugs that depress the central nervous system. As CNS depressants, benzos are primarily used as sedatives and tranquilizers to slow brain activity. Doctors most often prescribe benzos for sleep disorders like insomnia or psychological disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks, and acute stress.
Many people use benzos to relax or fall asleep if they are suffering from sleepless nights; however, common benzos like Xanax and Valium can be addicting if they are taken longer than prescribed. Usually, doctors prescribe benzos for two to four weeks, yet many people take them longer than they should because they become dependent on them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, benzo abuse and deaths from overdose are steady on the rise in America. Benzos are most often are abused with alcohol and opioid painkillers and they accounted for 30 percent of the 22,767 prescription-related overdose deaths in 2013.
Signs of Benzo Addiction
If you are taking benzos longer than prescribed or non-prescribed, you will notice that you’ll start to crave the drug more and more and abuse the drug at an increasingly higher dosage. Some of the emotional, physical, and psychological signs of benzo addiction include:
- Excessive sleep
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of motivation
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
The physical, mental, and psychological reactions of abusing benzos can have lasting effects. You may even experience paradoxical reactions, which have the opposite effect of the intended purpose of the drug, such as increased anxiety.
Detoxing from Benzos
Quitting benzos on your own can be dangerous and put you more at risk for overdose. Due to the paradoxical reactions such as increased anxiety, benzo abusers are more likely to take more of the drug to stop the symptoms.
The withdrawal symptoms from benzos require medical attention and can include:
- Constant nausea
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
- Overdose deaths
Benzos can be difficult to quit because of their high dependency. Due to the withdrawal symptoms above, it’s best to received a medically supervised detox at a drug rehabilitation center that includes medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and therapists.
Benzo Detox at Summit
At Summit Detox, we help our clients detox from benzos in a medically safe environment. With a compassionate, experienced team of medical doctors, registered nurses, and addiction professionals, we will create an individualized treatment program to fit your needs. We are committed to helping you or your loved one complete the benzo detox process and begin the road to recovery.
We understand the challenges you may be facing and aim to not only help you detox from benzos, but also teach you about addiction so you can thrive in your addiction recovery. The journey to recovery begins at Summit Detox. If you or your loved one is struggling with benzo addiction, call Summit Detox today at (888) 995-5265.