Benzodiazepines, also called “benzos,” are a class of prescription medications that are considered to be tranquilizers. Medications in this category are usually prescribed for people who suffer from insomnia, anxiety, seizures, and other such conditions. They also treat depression and help to relax the muscles. These medications are also often used to calm patients before they undergo a surgery. Although these medications help people who deal with these conditions and disorders, benzos can have very negative effects. Unfortunately, because of their sedative quality, benzos are commonly used as date rape drugs. They can be added to alcoholic beverages, consumed by unsuspecting victims, and cause those victims to become the recipients of sexual assault. Benzos are also highly addictive and can lead to several issues in users.
As a person consumes more benzodiazepines, the body might begin to get used to the effects. This usually causes the person to need more of the medication in order to get the same relief they used to have by taking a smaller dose. This is called tolerance. Often, when a person builds up a tolerance for a drug, dependence on that drug will follow. When people are physically dependent on benzos, their bodies become used to operating under the influence of the drugs. Dependence often leads people to consume more of the medication than they were instructed. People abuse the drug by taking it simply to experience the effects of it, rather than for actually treating their conditions.
Some of the signs and symptoms of dependence on benzos include:
Signs of dependence vary from case to case. But, if some of these symptoms do occur, it is definitely possible that the individual is dependent on benzodiazepines.
When a person stops using these drugs, they experience some painful and difficult symptoms. Often, they may deal with things like:
Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely harsh. It is never recommended to simply stop taking benzos after dependence has developed. One should seek professional assistance in the journey to a dependence free life.
Thankfully, it is possible to get treatment for benzo dependency. People who have been struggling with benzodiazepines can undergo detox and treatment. There are many facilities which treat people who are in need of assistance.
Mountainview Recovery is detox program with an optional sober living opportunity which provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which is known to help people who have become dependent on an addictive substance. Our MAT program uses medication to help those who are dealing with dependency. Prescription medications such as Suboxone and Vivitrol can help make the detox and recovery process much easier.
Do you know someone who is dealing with benzodiazepine dependence? Do you think you have become dependent on benzos? If so, it’s important that you seek help immediately. And, if you think MAT can help you, contact Mountainview Recovery today.