Have you been taking benzos for a long time? Do you believe you are addicted to them? Is the use of benzos causing you to develop harmful side effects?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may need to detox from benzos as soon as possible. At Outpatient Services we can help you detox from benzos and other drugs in a safe, comfortable environment with 24-hour medical supervision.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a benzo addiction, find out how you can detox from benzos today by calling us at (844)211-7944. Our admissions counselors are available for confidential chat 24/7.
What Are Benzos?
Benzodiazepines are a type of CNS depressant, and they're also sometimes referred to as tranquilizers or sedatives. CNS depressants work by reducing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA and slowing the activity of the brain. Doctors sometimes prescribe benzos to treat sleep disorders, panic attacks, acute stress or anxiety.
Generally, benzodiazepines are only prescribed for short periods of time because of the high risk of developing a dependence if you use benzos for a long time. Many doctors won't prescribe benzodiazepines for more than two to four weeks.
Some people acquire benzos illicitly, through fraudulent prescriptions, the black market or from a friend who has a legitimate prescription. Benzo abusers take the drug to get high or to ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms caused by other drugs or alcohol.
Here is a list of common benzodiazepines and their associated brand names:
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Triazolam (Halcion)
- Estazolam (ProSom)
If you're using a drug on this benzos list without a prescription or in a manner different than prescribed, you could be putting yourself at risk for addiction, overdose or health complications.
Are Benzos Addictive
Benzos are highly addictive for a number of reasons. Some people take benzos because the effects are similar to the effects of alcohol—euphoria, relaxation, increased confidence—but without the weight gain and brutal hangovers that are often associated with alcohol abuse.
Other individuals rely on benzos to quickly relieve stress, panic attacks, or insomnia because they are fast-acting and effective at first. However, you are at high risk of dependence if you habitually use non-prescribed benzos to feel "high" or to treat your mental health or sleep disorders.
This is because with continued use, even at prescribed doses, your body can quickly grow accustomed to the presence of benzos. When this happens, your body will start to crave the drug, and functioning without it may seem impossible.
Because benzos cause both physical dependence and psychological addiction, breaking free on your own can be tough. In some cases, getting off benzos can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms, so the detoxification process should be medically monitored to keep you safe. Outpatient Services has professional doctors, nurses and therapists on hand to help guide you through the process and learn how to live drug-free.
Signs of Benzo Addiction
It is not uncommon for both individuals who were originally prescribed benzos and those who weren't to become addicted. Regardless of how it started, benzo addiction can be identified by some common signs. You'll notice that some of the following effects are the exact opposite of the intended effects of this class of drugs. This is known as a paradoxical reaction.
The common emotional and mental signs of a benzo addiction include:
- Feelings of sadness or emptiness
- Behavioral changes
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of motivation or interest
- Excessive sleeping
- Keeping a stash on hand at all times
In addition, the physical signs can include:
- Blurred vision
- Slow or slurred speech
- Labored breathing
- Nodding off frequently
If you or a loved one is experiencing these or other signs of benzo addiction, don't hesitate to reach out to us. You don't have to silently struggle any longer. Outpatient Services wants to provide relief for your benzo abuse. Call (844) 211-7944 today to speak with one of our admissions counselors. We are available at any time.
The Dangers of a Benzo Overdose
Addiction to benzos can lead to lots of health problems, and in some cases it can lead to death. An overdose occurs when you use more drugs than your body can handle and systems start to shut down as a result.
Benzo overdoses and the addictions they stem from can affect people from all walks of life. Even people who are using prescribed benzodiazepines can overdose if they take more than prescribed or take their doses too close together. Benzo overdoses are a growing problem. From 2001 to 2014, there was a five-fold increase in deaths caused by benzodiazepine overdoses.
Some symptoms of a benzo overdose include:
- Falling into a deep sleep or coma
- Shallow breathing
- Dilated pupils
- Clammy skin
- Weak pulse or rapid pulse
- Blue-tinted lips or fingernails
- Uncoordinated movements or tremors
- Lack of alertness
Using benzos and alcohol together can exacerbate the effects of both substances and make an overdose more likely. Combining benzo and opiate use can also increase the danger of an overdose.
What to Expect in Detox
The goal of a detox is to get rid of any harmful chemical substances in your body, whether it’s benzos or a combination of other drugs and alcohol.
When you first arrive, we will give you an initial assessment and develop a detox plan that will address your specific needs. During the detox process, our board-certified medical staff will help you withdraw from benzos or any other drugs that are in your system.
Our medical staff will provide 24-hour supervision and monitor you throughout the detox process. Depending on if you’ve abused benzos with other drugs or alcohol, your duration in detox will vary.
Why Quitting on Your Own is Risky
The withdrawal symptoms from quitting benzos on your own can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Quitting benzos abruptly can cause risky withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Constant nausea
- Panic attacks
- Muscle cramps
- Severe seizures
- Even suicidal thoughts
Sometimes the physical and psychological affects from quitting benzos with non-medical supervision can be too severe. You may end up taking the drug again at higher doses to get rid of the symptoms. This can put you at a greater risk for drug overdose.
If you or your loved one is seeking effective treatment for benzo addiction, get help today and call us now at (844)211-7944. Our admissions counselors are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
What is the Next Step After Detox
During and after detox, we ensure that you receive the highest level of care possible. We will get down to the cause of your benzo addiction and address any underlying psychological, emotional, and physical issues. Learn more about our treatment for benzo addiction.
Detox alone can be ineffective, which is why we also offer behavioral therapy and several inpatient and outpatient services. Our comprehensive programs will help you transition from inpatient treatment to a thriving life in recovery.