Benzodiazepines are commonly misused and can be highly addictive. When misused, benzodiazepines (or benzos for short) create a calming effect on the person. Benzos are characterized as a type of prescription sedative. As with many drugs that are misused, someone can easily develop a benzo addiction as time goes on.
As with all drugs, Benzodiazepine has a number of negative physical, psychological, and behavioral effects on a person. Benzos are some of the most commonly misused drugs available today. Their addictive nature makes them very dangerous drugs to suffer an addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with benzo addiction, it may be time to look into benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
Benzos are a drug class that goes by many different names. They are made up of prescription tranquilizers (anxiolytics or sedatives). Benzos are commonly used to treat different conditions such as panic and anxiety disorders. Benzos are also used for the following conditions:
In the mental health community the term hypnotic, sedative, or anxiolytic use disorder is used to describe benzo addiction or misuse. To be diagnosed with this name, a person must exhibit 2 of 11 possible symptoms within a 12-month period. If you or a loved one is struggling with benzo misuse, it may be time for benzodiazepine addiction treatment. Sana Lake BWC is here to help.
The sedative effects and addictive nature of benzos make it a highly misused drug. It is worth noting that since benzos are prescription drugs, many people start by using it for real medical reasons. However, as time goes on they may begin to build an addiction to benzos. It is unlikely that a person will develop any habits if they follow their doctor’s prescription and orders carefully. When someone becomes addicted they may try to get overprescribed benzos. However, legitimate and trusted doctors will not over-prescribe benzos under any circumstance.
Benzodiazepines are a type of medication and come in different forms. These may be used to treat different types of conditions. Some of these may sound familiar. Benzodiazepines come in the following forms and names:
There are around 2,000 different benzodiazepines that have been produced, however, only 15 of these are FDA approved in the United States. Unfortunately, benzos are commonly misused and continue to be the source of addiction for many. Whatever form benzos come in, it’s important to stick with the prescribed amount (given by a medical professional). If you notice that you or someone you know has developed a benzo addiction, it may be time to get help.
There are always telling signs of potential drug use. It’s important to be aware of these telling signs so you can get adequate help for your loved ones. Certain changes in a person’s behavior and appearance can be red flags for possible drug addiction.
Here are 5 common signs of possible benzo addiction:
As a loved one, it’s important to be aware of benzodiazepines prescription and the amount the person is taking. Additionally, in some cases, a person may acquire benzos on the streets or in other illegal ways. It’s important to be able to spot these signs and be aware of possible benzo abuse.
Benzos are highly addictive and not only affect the body but the mind as well. There are certain dangers that are associated with the overuse of benzos, this includes overdose and other severe consequences. Over time, certain psychical and psychological effects can take hold of a person. The following symptoms occur after frequent and continuous use of benzos:
The more someone misuses an addictive drug like benzos, the higher chance they have of eventually overdosing. An overdose occurs when someone takes too much of a certain drug which can cause fatal and intense effects on the person. There are some telling symptoms that may indicate a possible overdose. If you notice any of the following signs, don’t hesitate to get medical help immediately:
As with almost all drugs, mixing benzos with other drugs or alcohol can be extremely dangerous. Combining different drugs, in general, increased the chances of overdose and death substantially.
People may combine certain drugs to numb the effects of others, this can give the person a false sense of how much they’ve consumed. Under no circumstance should you ever combine prescription medication with other drugs? Hundreds of people die every single year from addiction and combining drugs together.
If you or a loved one is struggling with benzo addiction, it’s time to get help. Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center offers a number of comprehensive treatment options for you and your loved ones. We believe in creating a safe and effective space for you to recover. Our trained staff will be by your side every step of the way. Make a change today.
Benzodiazepine addiction can completely take over a person’s life. It is not only important to alleviate the physical symptoms of benzo addiction but the mental burden as well. What many people don’t realize is that there are underlying reasons for the addiction. Sana Lake BWC specializes in different forms of therapy to explore your situation and help you cope and learn how to control cravings, social skills, life’s stresses, behavioral tips, and relapse prevention.
Some treatment options will work better than others depending on the severity and situation. In instances of co-occurring disorders, more intensive treatment may be necessary. Co-occurring disorders (also known as dual diagnoses) occur when someone is struggling with drug addiction and mental health disorder at the same time. Regardless of what works best for you, doing nothing is simply not an option.
Detoxification is a vital part of almost every single instance of drug addiction treatment. Addictive drugs like benzos require detox. Detoxification completely purges the body of a substance (in this case benzodiazepines). This process helps the person cope with some of the intense withdrawal symptoms. Medication is usually administered during the process to help with these intense withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxification should be conducted by certified professionals like our trained staff at Sana Lake BWC. You should never attempt to detox alone. There are many things that could go wrong, which could create a dangerous situation (sometimes even death). It’s important to have the help of knowledgeable clinicians by your side at all times.
Inpatient treatment is recommended for intense cases of addiction. When it comes to benzo addiction, inpatient (also referred to as residential) treatment may be the best course of action. Our Sana Lake BWC inpatient programs allow you to stay in our comfortable and trusted rehab with clinicians and therapists by your side. One of the many benefits of inpatient treatment is the constant access to help, this can be very beneficial in the long run. Inpatient treatment combines therapy, detox, and other resources for benzo addiction treatment. Having access to professionals in a safe and open environment is just what’s needed for long-term recovery.
While we cover many aspects of addiction treatment, Sana Lake BWC puts much emphasis on mental health. Benzo’s addiction can create many behavioral changes and can affect the mind in several ways. Therapy is often used to treat cases of drug addiction and benzo addiction is no different. Some of the more common types of therapies include:
It’s not too late to get help for benzo’s addiction today. Sana Lake BWC offers comprehensive treatment for you and your family. Don’t wait for your addiction to get worse, let us guide you towards a better, healthier future. Contact Sana Lake BWC for more information on treatment options and addiction resources.