Benzodiazepine drugs or benzos are the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States with approximately 100 million prescriptions each year (source: SAMSHA). This substance can be useful in the treatment of some conditions including chronic anxiety. There is a potential for addiction with benzodiazepine drugs. You may want to enroll in a benzo detox to get the drug out of your system. If you become hooked, it may mean you will experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the benzos. In some cases, these withdrawal symptoms can become life threatening, and this is why a supervised residential detox is often suggested.
Danger of Benzodiazepine Addiction
People who abuse benzodiazepine drugs can experience some severely negative symptoms such as depression, anorexia, coordination problems, accident proneness, respiratory problems, vision problem, and poor decision making. There is also the risk of coma and death. The fact the person is addicted is also going to have a limiting effect on the person’s life – it can also lead to dangerous behavior such as doctor shopping (changing physician to obtain more of the drug) and buying street drugs.
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Why do people become addicted to Benzodiazepine?
If you use any medication for a long time, your body is going to need to develop a tolerance towards it. Physical dependence on benzodiazepine can occur even if you are taking this substance under the directions of a physician. There can be a much higher risk of addiction if you begin to abuse this drug.
A common reasons for why people begin to abuse benzodiazepine is by attempting to self-medicate. They feel overwhelmed by stress, are dealing with loss, or are suffering from of memories of past trauma. Benzodiazepines can help the person to switch off and temporarily escape his/her problems. People who have trouble sleeping can also be tempted to abuse this type of drug.
All benzodiazepine drugs work in a similar way by enhancing the effect of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. This has a noticeable effect on mood, and it led to a reduced perception of stress and increased sense of relaxation. The effects of benzodiazepine on the brain means this drug can be useful for treating anxiety, alcohol withdrawals, insomnia, and seizures, but it also means this substance has a high potential for abuse.
Types of Benzodiazepine
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