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Benzodiazepines Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepine, more commonly known as “Benzos,” provides another avenue for those who are truly stressed out with life to cope. With the stresses of the job, the family and life in general, sometimes we may think we need medication to slow the pace. But what starts out as a simple pill may turn into a fast, downward spiral into addiction.
Examples of Benzodiazepines:

Valium
Ativan
Xanax
Klonopin
Restoril
Rohypnol
Dalmane
Ambien
Lunesta

A benzodiazepine can be defined as a sleep aid as it is classified as a type of tranquilizer. Typically, these drugs are prescribed by physicians to patients suffering from sleep deprivation. Benzodiazepines can also be administered for anxiety-related issues. As with many prescription drugs, when patients first begin taking them, they can have good, healthy affects. But patients can abuse the dosage and begin taking more than what is needed as they get caught up in the stresses of life. This can lead to addiction.
Side Effects

A short term side effect to this drug addiction is short term memory loss. Short-term memory loss may not seem severe, but with extended abuse, long-term health effects will arise. The addicted person should expect to experience increased anxiety and loss of sleep, which is actually counteractive to what the drug is originally prescribed to do. Benzodiazepines, when taken over an extended period of time, can have reversed effects. The drug’s recommended dosage of “take when needed” allows the patient to set their own dosage, leading to abuse of the drug.

Often times, those who have become addicted to benzodiazepines2 have diverted from regular to illegal possession of the drug. Dependency forces the addicted to resort to any means necessary to obtain the drug. The true dangers lie in the combination of a benzo with another drug, such as alcohol. Though benzodiazepines are quite potent by themselves, they become twice as powerful when combined with another drug.

Addiction can be helped through benzodiazepine treatment. Recognize that quitting this drug abruptly can cause harsh physical and mental effects. Results can include hallucinations, an increased risk of stroke, seizure and even heart attacks. Physical treatment begins with detox. Under careful, supervised observation, doctors can ensure that the patient is slowly taken off of the addictive drug. This step is key in ensuring that drastic and fatal effects can be avoided. Then adding rehab in an inpatient facility, which will lead to outpatient treatment and counseling services, is the next step. The road to recovery can be a long one, but completely beneficial for the sufferer, their family and friends.