What is a benzodiazepine medication?
Benzodiazepines are oftentimes referred to simply as “benzos” and are psychoactive drugs that are typically classified as tranquilizers. They are normally prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks. Unfortunately, they are readily accessible where recreational use of them is concerned and can be purchased out on the street along with other addictive substances. As a result of this, we are seeing more recreational use of these drugs and the need for more benzodiazepine addiction treatment programs.
Benzodiazepines have gained the attention of the DEA who considers them as one of the substances that falls into one of the primary drug threat categories (prescription drugs). They are also a concern of many health officials and medical professionals who see them as a serious public health threat because of how addictive they are. More and more addiction treatment and recovery centers are seeing new clients who are looking for benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
The dangers of benzodiazepine addiction
Although there have been numerous cases of benzodiazepine overdose reported throughout the US, the danger of addiction to benzos lies in the side effects that occur whenever they are taken with alcohol or other substances such as cocaine or methamphetamines. Confusion and short-term memory loss is a very common side effect of benzodiazepine abuse and addiction. In many instances, benzodiazepines are used by sexual predators as “date rape” drugs.
Short-term memory loss, or retrograde amnesia as it is more commonly referred to, hinders the person’s ability to realize that he or she was a victim of a crime. When prolonged usage of benzodiazepines is abruptly stopped, delirium tremens or seizures oftentimes result. If you are under the care of a physician or psychologist these side effects rarely happen as they are skilled at weaning you off the drug so that these don’t occur.
Withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse
Although side effects can be witnessed whenever benzodiazepines are being taken under the supervision of a physician or psychiatrist, there can still be signs and symptoms that are similar to recreational use and abuse. These include:
- inability to decrease the dosage of the drug or being unable to stop using it altogether
- inability to cope and function throughout the day without taking the drug
- tolerance build-up to the effects of the drug
- withdrawal symptoms that result from abruptly stopping taking the drug
Other withdrawal signs include anxiety or panic attacks, depression, headaches, muscle aches, restlessness or sleep deprivation, and tremors.
If you or a loved one is suffering with dependency on benzodiazepines and would like more information regarding our drug addiction treatment program, please call the Narconon Freedom Center today at the toll-free phone number listed above.