Benzodiazepines or “benzos” are a type of medication known as tranquilizers. Valium and Xanax are two familiar brand names. Benzodiazepines produce a sedating effect by acting on the central nervous system. Doctors prescribe these drugs for a variety of reasons, including to treat:
Benzodiazepines are also prescribed as muscle relaxers and are sometimes given to patients before surgery or uncomfortable procedures.
Benzodiazepine abuse is common, and there’s a strong link between benzo and opioid use. More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
If you or a loved one is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction or dependency, recovery is possible with the right help.
You can become addicted to benzodiazepines without becoming physically dependent on them, or vice versa.
Addiction means you feel a compulsive urge to use the drug, even when it causes problems in your life. Dependency means you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug.
Here are some of the signs of benzodiazepine addiction and benzodiazepine dependency, side by side for comparison. Some of these symptoms may overlap.
If you are struggling with benzodiazepine addiction or you experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop taking the drug, it’s important to get help from a licensed addiction treatment center.
People who stop taking benzodiazepines suddenly can experience severe withdrawal symptoms and even seizures. The safest way to detox from benzodiazepines is under the supervision of trained medical personnel at a licensed rehabilitation facility.
Adelante Recovery Center offers comprehensive addiction treatment for people struggling with benzo addiction as well as dual diagnosis programs for those who have co-occurring mental health issues.
Our luxury treatment centers in Corona del Mar is the ideal setting for healing and recovery. Individual counseling and group therapy form the core of our programs, but we allow plenty of time for restorative activities like yoga, beach walks, and hiking, and plenty of down time for reflection.
Our on-site medical doctor and certified addiction counselor will work together to create a tailored treatment plan for your specific needs—body, mind, and spirit. We do everything possible to keep you comfortable during benzo withdrawal treatment.
Recovery is possible at Adelante Recovery. Contact us today for benzo addiction help and to learn more about our Southern California benzo drug rehab facilities.
If you or a loved one are in need of help with addiction, contact us today. Our professional and friendly addiction specialists are able to answer your questions and get things moving in the right direction.
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