Addiction to Benzodiazepine
clock_iconSeptember 24, 2020 clock_icon5 min read

Addiction to Benzodiazepine can develop under a doctor’s care and prescription too, thus making the consumption of these drugs even more rare than any other drug.

Most of the benzodiazepine addictions happen without users noticing anything is amiss. Even in the case the drug is taken under the doctors’ prescription, there is a big chance benzodiazepine addiction can develop. When a medical prescription is expired or the users start looking for stronger effects, signs or erratic behaviors might emerge that indicate benzodiazepine addiction.
If a friend or loved one begins expressing any of these behaviors, he or she may need professional help:

  • Swiping another person’s pills for his or her own use
  • “Doctor shopping,” or visiting multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Stealing or borrowing a friend or loved one’s prescription
  • Purchasing benzodiazepines illegally, such as through a street dealer
  • Taking more benzodiazepines and/or over a longer period than first intended
  • Spending significant time getting, using, and recovery from benzodiazepines
  • Experiencing cravings or withdrawal symptoms
  • Needing more of the benzo to achieve the same effect
  • Exhibiting impaired performance at home, work, or school

Someone suffering from a benzodiazepine addiction will build a tolerance to the drug, requiring more of it to reach the previous effects. He or she might begin shirking people and activities they used to enjoy in order to get and use benzos.

What is Benzodiazepine?

In this article we are going to tell about what is benzodiazepine and how to work. Benzodiazepines are man-made medications that cause mild to severe depression of the nerves within the brain (central nervous system) and sedation (drowsiness).

benzodiazepine drug

Seizures, anxiety, and other diseases that require benzodiazepine treatment may be caused by excessive activity of nerves in the brain. These drugs may work by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that nerves in the brain use to send messages to one another. Gamma-aminobutyric acid reduces the activity of nerves in the brain and increases the effect of GABA with benzodiazepine, reducing brain activity.

Addicted to Benzodiazepines

Can you get addicted to benzodiazepines? Yes, benzodiazepines or benzos are habit-forming and you can become addicted to them - even if you take them as your doctor or health care professional has prescribed. People who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse are more likely to develop an addiction to these drugs. If you use these drugs over a long period of time you can develop a tolerance for them. This means that you will need higher doses of the drug to treat your health condition or disease because you've become tolerant of the weaker formulations of the drug. These drugs may be very effective for the treatment of several conditions, for example, anxiety and insomnia; but be careful because you can become addicted to them.

Signs and Effects

They are commonly abused by young adolescents and young adults who crush it up and snort it, or take the tablet to get high. If you abuse this medication you may have adverse effects with symptoms include:

  • Disturbing or vivid dreams
  • Irritability
  • Hostility
  • Amnesia

Signs and symptoms that you might be addicted include:

  • Problems sleeping
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Goosebumps
  • Uncontrollable leg movements
  • Bone and muscle pain

It is very difficult to recover from benzodiazepine addiction because these drugs change the chemistry of the brain. Contact a drug addiction treatment center if you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction. Quitting cold turkey is not likely to be successful and can be dangerous because of symptoms of withdrawal. Doctors and other health care professionals that treat addiction will formulate a taper schedule to slowly wean off the medication to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms during treatment.

Signs and symptoms of overdose include:

  • Clammy skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid and weak pulse
  • Coma
  • Shallow breathing
  • Death

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Overcoming an Addiction to Benzodiazepine

Overcoming an addiction to benzodiazepine drugs is a difficult task that begins with careful medical supervision. The first step is to cleanse the body of the substance in a process called detoxification. Upon completing detox, inpatient and outpatient treatments and mental health counseling offers the best chance for a complete recovery.

Inpatient and Outpatient Benzo Rehab at West Valley Detox

West Valley Detox offers inpatient and outpatient rehab programs, crucial resources for recovering people addicted to benzodiazepines. Our clinics provide targeted recovery techniques, including counseling and medication to manage withdrawal symptoms.

In general inpatient rehabs provide a distraction-free environment to allow patients to focus on getting sober. Inpatient care often increases the chances of long-lasting sobriety.

Addicted people can find themselves feeling ill-equipped to handle the emotional and mental stresses of life without using benzodiazepines. Specialized treatment centers offer behavioral therapy to integrate patients back into a daily routine free of benzodiazepine abuse.

Outpatient treatment is an option for some people with a mild addiction to benzos. These programs allow addicted people to continue working and maintaining their daily responsibilities during treatment.

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