Benzodiazepine addiction is a growing problem in the United States. With ever increasing numbers of prescriptions being written for anxiety related issues, addiction to the prescribed medications also increases. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and doctors have noticed that prolonged use of these drugs can lead to addiction, they try to keep prescriptions low and for as short of time as possible. If you do find yourself or a loved one addicted to these it is important to get them help because overdose is likely.

Benzodiazepine or “benzos” are a class of pharmaceutical drugs used for many different reasons. Benzos were originally created to replace barbiturates and most are in tablet or pill form for oral consumption. They are legal when they are prescribed but people also obtain them illegally. They affect the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor and are a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, causing users to feel high with prolonged sedation. Benzodiazepine can change the brain’s neurochemistry and users can develop physical and mental dependencies. It is very easy to overdose on benzos, which can lead to seizures and comas. Users heart rates and breathing can slow and cause the user to die. Many users mix benzos with alcohol or even opiate drugs.

Symptoms of a Benzo Addiction

Signs and symptoms of a benzo addiction can be devastating to the addict, their friends, and their family. Addiction warning signs can help determine if someone is need of treatment. If a benzodiazepine addiction is suspected, treatment may be necessary. Treatment for a benzo addiction will most likely be a mixture of medical detox, inpatient treatment and consistent after care for long-term sobriety.

Short Term Symptoms include Insomnia, lack of coordination, Anxiety, headaches and difficulty breathing. Long term benzodiazepine addiction symptoms are Dizziness, fainting, Depression, Hallucinations, Loss of bladder control and even Muscle tremors.

Treatment & Drug Rehab for Benzodiazepine Addiction

Recovery Ways, the leading drug rehab in Salt Lake City, is experienced in providing Benzodiazepine addiction treatment to patients of all ages and backgrounds throughout Salt Lake City, Utah. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment.  Our Treatment Center for Drug and Alcohol addictions is “Gold Seal” accredited through The Joint Commission. Recovery Ways is licensed by the State of Utah for drug addiction, drug treatment, alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehab levels of treatment with intensive inpatient residential drug and alcohol rehab, intensive outpatient therapy and aftercare programs. Please contact us today to discuss a treatment program for recovery from addiction for you or your loved one. Call (844) 294-8130 for help and addiction treatment options.


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