Benzodiazepines, or "Benzos" are a group of sedative and psychoactive drugs which have a calming effect and are highly addictive. Some of the symptoms of benzos can include - weakness, blurred vision, drowsiness, mood changes and poor decision making. Some benzos and their street names include Alprazolam, Blues, Diazepam, Downers, Etizolam, Rohypnol, Roofies, Temazepam, Valium, Vallies, and Xanax.
Benzodiazepine addiction is a serious medical condition caused by using benzodiazepines, a class of drugs commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. Though benzos are generally safe when taken as prescribed, they can be addictive if used for an extended period or in higher doses than directed. Those who suffer from benzo addiction can feel like they are in a never-ending cycle of anxiety, insomnia, and addiction.
Benzodiazepine addiction is often caused by taking the drugs for longer than recommended or at higher doses than prescribed. Benzodiazepines act on the brain’s GABA receptors to produce a calming effect, but when taken over an extended period of time, the brain becomes accustomed to the drug. As a result, the user will need to take more of the drug in order to experience the same calming effect. This is known as tolerance, and it can lead to dependence and addiction.
Symptoms of benzodiazepine addiction include cravings for the drug, withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not taken, difficulty sleeping without the drug, and difficulty controlling the amount of the drug taken. People with benzodiazepine addiction may also experience anxiety, depression, and emotional instability.
Treatment for benzodiazepine addiction typically involves a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Medication such as buprenorphine and naltrexone can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
In addition, psychotherapy can help address any underlying mental health issues that may have contributed to the addiction. Benzodiazepine addiction is a serious condition that can have life-altering consequences. If you or someone you know is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, it is important to contact us as soon as possible. With the right treatment, it is possible to overcome addiction and achieve a healthier, happier life.