Benzodiazepines often referred to as “benzos” are a class of psychoactive drugs prescribed for several different medical conditions. Commonly taken for anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and trouble sleeping, benzos work by slowing down the central nervous system. This can affect a person’s physical and mental health if taken over long periods or in high doses.
Unfortunately, benzo addiction has become increasingly common due to its widespread availability and abuse potential. In fact, studies have shown that benzodiazepine use is increasing among adults aged 18-25 years old with the highest rates being seen in those aged 25-34 years old. In 2019, 9,711 people died from benzo-related overdoes. It is estimated that about one in ten people in the US have abused benzos at some point, and that number is likely to increase.
The Side Effects of Benzo’s Abuse
The long-term use of benzodiazepines can lead to a range of physical and psychological side effects such as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. Benzos can also be very dangerous when taken with alcohol or other drugs, which increases the risk of overdose and death. It’s important to remember that taking too much can cause respiratory depression, coma, and even death.
Benzo Addiction Treatment
If you think you may be addicted to benzos or if you’re worried about someone else’s use, it’s essential to seek professional help right away. Treatment for benzo addiction usually involves detoxification followed by a comprehensive rehabilitation program. During detox, individuals will be monitored closely and may receive medication to help manage withdrawal symptoms. After the initial detox period, individuals can then begin therapy or participate in support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
The goal of treatment is to help individuals regain control over their lives by providing them with the tools they need to cope with addiction and stay sober. Treatment should also focus on helping individuals deal with underlying issues that may have contributed to the development of benzo addiction in the first place, such as trauma, mental health disorders, etc. This will give individuals a better chance at long-term recovery from benzo addiction.
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