Benzodiazepine abuse is on the rise, as are overdose deaths from benzodiazepines. With opioids getting all of the spotlight, we can forget about these other important drugs. Although they’re prescribed medications, they can still be quite dangerous. Anyone using benzodiazepines is of course at risk for developing benzodiazepine dependence.
What are Benzos?
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that impact the GABA receptors in the brain and inhibit the Central Nervous System. The drugs include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and more. They are most often prescribed to help sleep and treat anxiety disorders.
We all want to support the addict in our lives to the best of our ability, but we often don’t realize somebody is addicted with benzodiazepines. Pill addiction doesn’t leave a smell, track marks, or many other signs. However, benzodiazepines are highly addictive, potentially harmful, and quite painful to come off of.
Addiction and Benzodiazepines
One of the scary parts about benzodiazepines is that individuals can become physically dependent in as little as a few weeks. This can even happen if you are taking the drug exactly as prescribed. That’s right. You don’t even need to abuse this drug to become addicted to it. Click here to learn more about how fast you can become addicted to Xanax.
Once somebody is abusing a benzo or taking it more than prescribed, addiction becomes even more likely. People combine benzos with other drugs, take more than prescribed, and become addicted quickly. This also greatly increases the chance of serious overdose from use.
The initial detox process from benzodiazepines can be quite dangerous. Unlike many other drugs, benzos can cause withdrawal symptoms like seizures, coma, and even death. Without proper medical care, you are literally putting your life at risk. It’s worse than heroin withdrawal, alcohol withdrawal, and basically any other drug withdrawal.
Once an individual is through the initial detox, they may benefit from further treatment. Rehabs and support groups can help you find healthy coping mechanisms, dive into what made you abuse drugs, and find some spiritual support. As the drug takes a while to leave the system, it also simply offers a support network for you whilel you’re still struggling.