Benzodiazepines | What is this Stuff?
Benzodiazepines, along with barbiturates and alcohol are central nervous system depressants. They may also sometimes be referred to as sedatives and/or hypnotics. Because of the unique ways in which the body compensates for the presence of these drugs, abrupt cessation of use may cause seizures or even death. Medication-Assisted stabilization strategies is paramount to successful detox & withdrawal treatment from Benzodiazepines are recognized for its safety for Rehab.
Detox and withdrawal are not the same thing however, and even after a client’s body is clear of the presence of the chemical, there is still likely to be some discomfort as the body tries to normalize. Common Benzo withdrawal symptoms include:
- Appetite Disturbance
- Physical Discomfort (aches and pain)
- and Difficulty Concentrating, to name just a few.
The degree to which a person will experience these symptoms depends on several factors. Professionals in the field of addictions categorize the main factors as :
- Frequency – How often does the client use the chemical?
- Intensity – How high of average dose?
- Duration – How long has this pattern of use been going on?
Conclusion: Depending on the factors above, as well as a person’s age and health, withdrawals may last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Symptoms may be minimized by the use of medications, which can ease some of the client’s discomfort, but prolong the withdrawal process.