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Treatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction...

At Active Recovery Solutions, we understand how benzodiazepine addiction can take over your life. We will tailor an innovative treatment program that will address your needs— body, mind, and spirit—so you can get your life back on track. Your individualized drug rehab program might include outpatient detox, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and a wide array of other treatment services designed to ensure you receive world-class addiction treatment and achieve sustained recovery.

How Benzodiazepine Addiction Can Happen

Benzodiazepines are considered the biggest selling and most frequently prescribed drugs in history. Approximately 20% of the world’s population—and at least 4 million people in the U.S. alone— uses tranquilizers or sleeping pills on a regular basis. They are quickly becoming the most heavily abused prescription substances in the country.

Benzodiazepines are readily available. Not only are they frequently prescribed by physicians, they can also be purchased online without a prescription. Derivatives of benzodiazepine can also be found in popular over-the-counter sleep aids.

Benzodiazepine is a psychoactive/psychotropic drug used for treating anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia and abnormal sleep patterns, seizures, muscle spasms, and alcohol addiction. It is also frequently used for dental procedures and pre-surgery sedation. By slowing down the activity of the brain’s neurotransmitters, the drug induces a sense of calmness, providing relief from various forms of anxiety.

Like all addictive substances, with repeated use the body develops a tolerance to the drug, thereby triggering the physical and psychological dependency cycle of addiction.

Personality Changes from Using Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine (or “Benzos” or “Bennies,” as they are called on the street) changes the brain chemistry to induce a sense of fearlessness, which can cause the user to take more risks or engage in more dangerous activities than they normally would. This behavior can result in serious accidents, lead to financial complications, and damage relationships. It is estimated that 40% of impaired drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents show traces of tranquilizers or sedatives in their bloodstream.

Other adverse personality changes that a user may exhibit include a complete lack of interest in daily activities, rage, increased anxiety, depression or feelings of worthlessness, and in the most serious instances, suicidal thoughts.

Physical Side Effects of Benzodiazepines

In the short-term, using benzodiazepines can result in drowsiness, morning fogginess or not feeling rested after sleep, lack of coordination, slurred speech, and loss of appetite.

Long-term use, or the use of a higher dosage, may result in fainting, memory loss, cognitive impairment, diarrhea, muscle cramping and twitching, seizures, jaundice, blurred vision, and urinary tract problems. Use of these drugs by a pregnant woman can also cause floppy baby syndrome, which is similar to fetal alcohol syndrome.

One of the most serious dangers of these drugs is cross-addiction, either with alcohol or other drugs, such as anti-depressants.

Withdrawal Symptoms

The withdrawal from benzodiazepine can be very difficult. It may last for weeks or months and can include violent mood swings, insomnia, paranoia, disassociation, agoraphobia and hallucinations. One should never discountine the use of these drugs without medical supervision.

Active Recovery Solutions Can Help...

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