Benzodiazepines are a class of narcotics that act on the central nervous system by reducing the activity of nerves in the brain and the spinal cord. They are prescribed mainly to treat anxiety but have also been used to treat seizures, insomnia, and panic attacks. Sometimes an anesthesiologist will use one of these medications prior to surgery to enhance relaxation and sedation.
These drugs are a form of tranquilizer that are often times abused. The most common drugs of this class are Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan. Most times these drugs are abused in unison with other drugs including alcohol. Today, we see a lot of people that are addicted to “benzos” and opiates together. This is a very dangerous combination because when the two drugs interact it can be fatal. Prescription drug overdoses account for 60% of all overdose cases.
It is very dangerous to try to quit taking these drugs without help. Withdrawal symptoms can include depression, seizures, agitation, and insomnia. Mentally the person abusing a drug such as Xanax goes through a period of extreme anxiety. It can get so bad that the only answer to fixing it is to take the drug again. Then the cycle of addiction starts all over again.
Below are some of the side effects of abuse:
- Memory Loss
- Physical Dependence
If you or a loved one is abusing benzodiazepines you should get help immediately. Like we stated before you are literally gambling with your life every time you use these chemicals. Clearbrook has treated people for decades from benzodiazepine abuse. We have a specific program on the detox level of treatment so that the person does not have the severe withdrawal feelings they would have if they tried doing it on their own.