Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are incredibly difficult to “kick,” but Niznik Behavioral Health can help you beat it.

Benzodiazepines and Addiction

Benzodiazepines (also known as “benzos”) are one of the most heavily abused substances. Benzodiazepines are “downers,” meaning their use slows anxious minds. Some of the most commonly abused downers include xanax and Valium. This sedative is typically abused for its “calming” properties. Benzos are commonly prescribed for conditions including seizures, insomnia, and anxiety. However, this substance is extremely addictive.

Many prescribed a benzodiazepine ultimately become addicted to it. Benzos inhibit the brain’s natural neurotransmitters, making those addicted to the substance dependent on the drug feel pleasure, happiness, or satisfaction. The longer benzo is abused, the higher one’s tolerance grows, promoting even increased consumption of the prescription medicine.

Benzodiazepine’s Effects and Uses

Benzodiazepines slow down the central nervous system, giving users a “numbing” high. Users may abuse benzos to help themselves relieve stress, anxiety, social encounters, and uncomfortable situations. With continued use those addicted to benzodiazipines will be unable to function normally without having access to the drug.

When this stage begins, substance users may perform poorly at work, neglect responsibilities at home, and behave uncharacteristically. As one’s addiction progresses, mixing benzos with alcohol and other addictive medications are common practice. However, taking multiple substances at once (especially those of the same class) is highly dangerous and may result in death.

Misuse of benzodiazepines is quite common. Thankfully, with proper treatment the effects of the disorder may be remedied.

Abuse of benzodiazepines may be easily overlooked. However, a watchful eye can catch substance use early on. Expedient treatment is essential in treating addiction to benzodiazepines and can prevent permanent physical and psychological damage.

Signs and Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Those who are abusing benzodiazepines may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Poor judgement or thinking
  • Doctor shopping
  • Inability to stop using the substance
  • Erratic changes in mood
  • Uncharacteristic risk-taking behaviors

Our Approach to Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

Niznik Behavioral Health offers comprehensive addiction treatment for benzodiazepines. Our treatment is evidence-based and focuses on the entire individual for recovery. Typically clients begin the detox process to rid their body of harmful substances and then move on to either residential rehabilitation, partial hospitalization, or outpatient programs based on their individualized needs.

Each client is treated with Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and motivational interviewing (MI). Each facet of therapy builds upon one’s recovery foundation for lasting success.

Reach out to Niznik Behavioral Health today. And together, we’ll help you get on the road to recovery.

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