Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
Benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos”, are prescription tranquilizers that are commonly used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia, seizures, and muscle spasms. They may also be used to help calm and sedate patients before a medical procedure. Benzodiazepines work in the body by increasing dopamine (the feel-good neurotransmitter) and calming nerve impulses, which helps relieve anxiety.
Despite the fact that benzodiazepines are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, they are highly addictive. Consequently, it’s important for anyone who has been prescribed a benzodiazepine to only take it as directed by a physician. Some common benzodiazepines prescribed by doctors include lorazepam (e.g. Ativan), alprazolam (.e.g. Xanax), diazepam (e.g. Valium), and clonazepam (e.g. Klonopin).
Given that benzodiazepines are prescribed by doctors to treat legitimate medical conditions, how do you know when benzodiazepines have become a problem? Using benzodiazepines recreationally or in any way not prescribed by a physician can be considered abuse. When benzodiazepine use transforms into taking more medication than prescribed, negative emotional or physical side effects while not using the drug, a desire to keep using despite health complications, or an impact on relationships, employment, or quality of life, it may be time to consider treatment.
BENZODIAZEPINE ADDICTION TREATMENT AT NEXUS
Treatment for benzodiazepine addiction at Nexus is supervised by a group of knowledgeable and compassionate healthcare professionals. These mental health professionals who specialize in addiction medicine and recovery provide tools and support to aid each individual in the recovery process.
With a focus on individualized care, our treatment team is able to customize programs to meet each client’s individual needs. There are a wide-range of treatment modalities available, including group and individual therapy, family education groups, psychiatric care, and holistic therapies, which can all be tailored based on a client’s progress and future goals. Clients leave Nexus with a new set of life and coping skills that allow them to maintain sobriety as they transition back into their communities.
If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, call us today.
Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction
If you’re concerned about potential benzodiazepine addiction for you or a loved one, consider these warning signs:
- Using medication in any way not prescribed by a doctor
- An increased tolerance for the drug—needing more to get the same e!ects
- Going to multiple doctors for new prescriptions
- Benzodiazepine use frequently interferes with work, school, or home-life
- Putting yourself or others at risk while under the influence of benzodiazepines
- Trying to cut down or stop using benzodiazepines, but can’t
- Having symptoms of withdrawal such as craving the drug, nightmares, insomnia,fatigue, irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Stealing or selling prescriptions or engaging in illegal activities to pay for morebenzodiazepines
- Lying about or becoming defensive when asked about benzodiazepine use
Long Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Abuse
In addition to the short-term health, financial, and familial problems that can occur due to benzodiazepine addiction, abuse of this drug can have several long-terms effects, as well. These may include:
- Brain damage
- Memory loss or impairment
- Speech problems
- Mood swings
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Liver damage
If you or a loved one are suffering from benzodiazepine addiction, we’re here to help.
Contact us today and speak with one of our trusted recovery advisors.
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