Benzodiazepines are a highly addictive class of drugs, and one of the largest classes of medications that are abused. Dependence and misuse of this substance has been a concern in the U.S. since 2002. Even a low therapeutic dose can result in dependence; therapeutic dose dependence is, in fact, the largest category of people dependent on benzodiazepine have addiction and on a path to detoxification and withdrawal management.
Benzodiazepine dependence is a frequent complication for those prescribed for or using one of the drugs longer than four weeks, with physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms the most common effects. It is because of their risk of developing tolerance, dependence and adverse health effects, including cognitive impairment, that benzodiazepines are indicated for short-term use.
Ativan®, Klonopin®, Rohypnol®, Valium®, and Xanax® are Some of the drugs in this category that have a calming effect on most brain functions, relaxing muscles, preventing convulsions and inducing sleep. They are commonly prescribed for:
A low dose acts as a sedative; moderate doses counter anxiety; and high doses serve as hypnotics.
If you are wondering if you might be addicted to a benzodiazepine, ask yourself:
Have you developed a tolerance to a benzodiazepine, taking larger amounts or for longer than intended?
Have you tried, unsuccessfully, to decrease or control your use, or suffer from withdrawal symptoms when you don’t take the drug?
Are you seeking out the drug, despite its harmful effects, visiting more than one doctor to get multiple prescriptions, getting drugs from friends, family or, drug dealers?
If you answered “yes,” you are likely addicted…. and not alone.
The longer a benzodiazepine is used the greater their risk Long-term use can lead to addiction, which may be exhibited by behavioral and physical signs, like aggression, changes in personality, chronic sweating dizziness, irritability, lethargy, memory impairment, nausea, and restlessness.
People addicted to benzodiazepines are detached from life and seem to have lost interest in everything, withdrawing from events and interactions with others. They may have reduced inhibitions, poor coordination and blurred vision. Chronic users may be anorexic, weak, show poor judgment, and have difficulty making decisions. Despite all these negatives, they may feel that continued drug use is preferable to going through a painful withdrawal process.
Withdrawal is often accompanied by anxiety, depression, headaches, muscle aches and pains, shakiness, sleep disturbance, tremors and twitches. It is best to enlist the help of recovery specialists who can administer medications to ease the pain of withdrawal symptoms, and provide counseling and assistance with psychological issues, that can include suicidal behavior, psychoses and delirium tremens. The symptoms of withdrawal can last for some time.
Recovery is an ongoing process. Take back your life today! Get the help you need to kick the benzodiazepine habit with detox, rehab and social support.
Conclusion: A person undergoing cocaine withdrawal will have emotional rather than physical symptoms, including anxiousness, depression, moodiness and feeling tired.
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