Benzo Addiction

In the last decade, deaths due to benzos have increased four-fold. That doesn’t take into account the indirect causes of death, such as organ failure or a shortened life, and that doesn’t even begin to touch the shattered lives and relationships of benzo addiction. If you’re addicted to benzos, you’re in danger, and you need help now.

This class of drugs, known formally as benzodiazepines, can relieve symptoms of anxiety and epilepsy, and other convulsive disorders. Yet these prescription medications also are among the most addictive drugs available, with as many as 44% of users developing a prescription drug addiction. If you’re addicted benzos or worried that you might be, our world-class benzo addiction facility is here to help.

Benzo addiction

What You Need to Know About Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines such as benzodiazepines are powerful anti-anxiety drugs that can make you feel sedated and calm. They can also cause a brain fog that makes it difficult to think quickly, which some users find extremely pleasurable. Unlike some other drugs, like antidepressants, benzodiazepines begin working within a few minutes, offering quick relief from anxiety and other unpleasant symptoms.

It is this quick relief that makes them so addictive. These drugs slow down activity in the brain and spinal cord, making you cognitively slow and potentially undermining your judgment. So while you might feel better on benzos, you’ll behave differently. And those changes in your behavior could endanger you—particularly if you spend significant quantities of time under the influence of benzos.

It doesn’t matter whether you take benzos with a valid prescription, either. Anyone, including people with a prescription, can become addicted to benzos. Indeed, the most significant risk factor for benzo addiction is prolonged use—something in which almost everyone with a valid medical prescription engages. Don’t hide behind your prescription. You could be an addict, even if you’re not breaking the law and not using benzos for recreational purposes.

Why Benzodiazepine Addiction is a Disease

It’s easy to feel ashamed of your addiction. In the media, addicts are portrayed as abusive losers who choose to hurt others just to get more drugs. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Addiction is not a choice. Who would choose such a miserable existence? Addiction is a disease that changes your brain and your body, conspiring against you to keep you using benzos.

The process begins with tolerance. Tolerance occurs when your body becomes used to benzos, and needs to use more and more drugs to get the same effect it got with a lower dose. Tolerance quickly gives way to dependency, which is the beginning of addiction. As you become more dependent on benzos, your body becomes convinced that it needs benzos to function, and even to survive. That’s why you experience such painful withdrawal when you attempt to quit using. The body is doing everything it can to maintain access to benzos. It’s not your fault. You didn’t choose it, but you can choose to seek the help that helps you overcome it.

Signs of Benzo Addiction

Many benzo users have a valid medical prescription. Even those who don’t may use benzos to manage medical symptoms such as anxiety and depression. So it can be tough to tell whether you’re an addict or just a user who needs benzos for a medical condition. Some signs and symptoms of benzo addiction include:

  • Lying to your doctor to get access to benzos, or about your use of benzos.
  • Engaging in doctor shopping to get multiple benzo prescriptions.
  • Using benzos with other drugs, such as alcohol or street drugs.Using benzos all or most of every day.
  • Using benzos to get high.
  • Using benzos without a valid medical prescription.
  • Experiencing intense signs of withdrawal when you attempt to stop using benzos.
  • Endangering yourself to use benzos, such as by driving while under the influence or breaking the law to get benzos.

Ultimately, if you use benzos to feel normal, if you feel like your life revolves around benzos, or you feel ashamed about your use of benzos, these are significant signs that you may have an addiction.

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Detox may be the hardest part of the addiction journey, but it’s just the beginning. When you develop an addiction, you’re more vulnerable to future addictions, and relapse is always a possibility. With the right help, a normal life free of relapse is possible. You’ll need counseling and support, and complementary treatment to replace bad habits with new life skills.

We help you get there, counseling you every step of the way. You can lead the life you deserve. Let us show you the path out of addiction and into sobriety. Contact us today!

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