Also known as “Benzos” these drugs fall into a prescription pill category of tranquilizers and sedatives. Common prescription names that are familiar to the general population are Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and etc. These are often prescribed to treat high levels of anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder and sleep disorders. These medications slow normal brain activity and typically produce a drowsy or calming effect.
Whether the addiction started with a prescription or from recreational use these are some signs to look for:
- Highly irritable
- Feelings of sadness/emptiness
- Trouble with concentration
- Excessive sleeping
- Disinterest or lack of motivation
- Slurred speech
- Nodding off
- Vision problems
- Breathing problems
- Blackouts (especially with alcohol involvement)
Health Risks and Dangers Associated with Benzodiazepines Abuse:
- It is known to slow breathing and heartrate
- It can lead to withdrawal and seizures when not taken anymore
Why are Benzos Addictive?
People enjoy the euphoria, relaxation, and alcohol-like effects without the hangover or weight gain that happens from excessive drinking. People rely on benzos to relieve anxiety, stress, and panic attacks because they are fast acting and effective. Continued use, even with a prescription, can make your body become accustomed to using the drug and life without benzos may seem impossible.
How is Benzo Abuse Treated?
Benzo addiction and abuse is treated with medication and behavioral therapy. Assistance for withdrawal from drugs can be provided before attending IOP. The staff at A New Start, Inc. includes medical directors and coordinators to assist patients with the management of medications during while seeking treatment at our intensive outpatient program.
Additional information and case studies regarding benzo abuse and addiction can be found on the National Institute on Drug Abuse website.
A New Start, Inc. is an intensive outpatient program in West Palm Beach offering support and guidance for those looking for treatment of benzo abuse. Our dedicated staff provides therapy services and a support system throughout the treatment process. To learn more about our IOP for drug addiction in West Palm Beach program, please call 1-844-TALK-ANS.