Benzodiazepine refers to the class of drugs that are used to reduce anxiety, combat insomnia, and help individuals relax. These medications are to be used by prescription only, and patients should be monitored by doctors closely when on these medications, because benzos can be addicting and cause complications.
- diazepam – Valium, Ducene, Antenex
- oxazepam – Serepax, Murelax, Alepam
- nitrazepam – Mogadon, Alodorm
- temazepam – Euhypnos, Normison, Temaze
- lorazepam – Ativan
- flunitrazepam – Rohypnol, Hypnodorm
- bromazepam – Lexotan
- clonazepam – Rivotril
- Names of different benzodiazepines:
Effects of Benzodiazepine Use
Benzodiazepines usually come in tablet form, but users crush tablets and snort or inject them to feel their full effect all at once. The drugs slow the brain and central nervous system, which helps to reduce anxiety and causes sleepiness. However, these medications are very addicting, and users can get hooked after just a few hits. Users first experience a relaxed, drowsy feeling, elevated mood or mood swings, slurred speech, blurred vision, and trouble with movement and memory.
Over time, users develop a tolerance to this type of drug, which means they need to take more of it to feel the same effects. Long term effects of benzodiazepines include lack of energy and motivation, headaches, nightmares, skin rash, weight gain, and depression.
Dangers of Benzodiazepine Abuse
Benzodiazepines are dangerous medications, even though they are legal with a prescription. Users who have developed a tolerance to these drugs commonly used them in combination with alcohol and other drugs. This greatly increases the user’s risk for overdose and death.
The withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines can be dangerous, and for this reason anyone wanting to get clean from this type of drug should consult a doctor. Stopping these medications can lead to confusion, depression, anxiety, muscle aches, convulsions, and paranoia. Detox from benzodiazepines should be done gradually, while under the watchful eye of professional treatment providers. To learn more about detox from benzodiazepine addiction, contact My Recovery Helper at 1.844.867.6835.
Treatment for Benzodiazepine Abuse
Treatment for benzodiazepine addiction includes the safe withdrawal from the substance, followed by rehab. During treatment, the individual will learn about their addiction and its underlying causes, and will discover how to live a healthy lifestyle without depending on substances like benzos.
My Recovery Helper is here to help you put an end to benzodiazepine abuse. We can help you find the treatment facility that is equipped to meet your needs. To learn more about benzo addiction treatment, or get help for any type of drug or alcohol addiction, contact our addiction counselors today. Call 1.844.867.6835 to learn more.