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Benzo’s, short for benzodiazepines, are psychoactive medications that are prescribe to people struggling with anxiety, sleep disorders or even physical conditions such as people who have convulsions brought on by cerebral palsy. There are more than a dozen different kinds of benzos that are all used for their own purpose. When a benzo is taken, it slows down a person’s brain activity and the bodies nerve impulses. This results in drowsiness, uncoordinated movements, and slowed reaction times. Even though many benzos are the same, the key differences between the variations of the drug are there dosage, absorption rate and abuse-protentional. There are long acting benzo’s such as Valium or Librium and, short acting benzo’s such as Xanax or Ativan. Benzo addiction can occur when people misuse their prescription by taking more than they are prescribed or if they are taking the medication for long periods of time they can become physically addicted to the drug. Substance use disorder, formerly called addiction, is caused by a number of different factors. It is a mental illness, not a moral failing. Benzo’s are extremely habit-forming sedatives. People may become addicted to the feeling of relaxation. As tolerance to the drug builds, they attempt to emulate that initial high, needing more and more of the drug. Since 2016 benzo prescriptions have tripled, which may also contribute to an uptick in benzo addiction.

Benzo addiction and overdose kills over 8,000 people a year

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FAQ

What are benzos?

Benzo’s, short for benzodiazepines, are psychoactive medications that are prescribe to people struggling with anxiety. There are more than a dozen different kinds of benzos that are all used for their own purpose. When a benzo is taken, it slows down a person’s brain activity and the bodies nerve impulses. This results in drowsiness, uncoordinated movements, and slowed reaction times. There are long acting benzo’s such as Valium or Librium and, short acting benzo’s such as Xanax or Ativan.

Is my loved one using benzo's?

Since 2016 benzo prescriptions have tripled, which may also contribute to an uptick in benzo addiction. Some signs of benzo misuse are: • Slurred speech • Shallow breathing • Slower reflexes If you think a loved one may be misusing benzo’s it is important to reach out to a recovery specialist. Benzo withdrawal can include dangerous seizures, specific medical detox protocol is necessary.

Signs of Misuse

  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slower reflexes
  • Blurry vision
  • Fainting
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Missing work/loss of job
  • Irritability
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Memory Loss
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • sweating, body aches, like the flu
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Intense abdominal pain

Days 1 – 3: Some people can feel withdrawal symptoms within as little as six hours without the drug, this may include trouble sleeping, nausea, and vomiting. Days 4 – 7: The worst has passed at this point; however, you may still have feelings of exhaustion. Days 8 – 14: Usually this is when your anxiety and irritability are heightened, some may experience insomnia.

Addicted to Benzo's, Now What?

The best way to treat a benzo addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to benzos learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to benzos Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Since seizures are a side effect of benzo withdrawal it is best to detox under medical supervision, where addiction professionals have established safety protocols and properly use techniques and medications to lessen the severe side effects of withdrawal. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

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