Benzodiazepines, commonly called “benzos,” are medications frequently prescribed to alleviate anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. These medications function by augmenting the effects of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which diminishes brain activity, leading to a state of calmness and relaxation.
Although benzodiazepines are generally considered safe and effective when taken as directed, they have a significant potential for misuse and addiction. People who misuse benzodiazepines can quickly develop a tolerance to their effects, which means they need higher doses to obtain the same effects. This can quickly lead to addiction, as individuals may crave the drug and experience withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit.
If you or a loved one is struggling with benzodiazepine abuse, Evoke Wellness at Cohasset offers a benzo detox program. Our program is designed to help individuals safely and comfortably detox from benzodiazepines while providing support and guidance throughout the entire process. Learn more by calling 866.931.6429.
Signs of Benzodiazepine Abuse
There are many signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse, which can vary depending on the individual and the drug being abused. Some common signs of benzodiazepine abuse include:
- Drowsiness or lethargy
- Impaired coordination or balance
- Slurred speech
- Memory problems or forgetfulness
- Mood swings or irritability
- Depression or anxiety
- Aggression or violent behavior
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Increased tolerance to the drug
- Seeking out multiple doctors or pharmacies for prescriptions
- Stealing or borrowing pills from friends or family
- Using benzodiazepines in ways other than prescribed, such as crushing and snorting them or injecting them
Benzodiazepine abuse can have serious consequences for a person’s health, including increased risk of overdose, respiratory depression, and other adverse effects. It can also lead to social and economic problems, such as job loss, financial difficulties, and legal troubles.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the most significant risks of benzodiazepine abuse is the development of withdrawal symptoms when a person tries to stop using the drug. These symptoms can be severe and last for several weeks or even months, depending on the individual and the severity of the addiction. Some common benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Insomnia or sleep disturbances
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sweating or chills
- Tremors or seizures
- Headaches or migraines
- Muscle cramps or stiffness
- Cognitive difficulties, such as confusion or memory problems
- Delirium or hallucinations
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be dangerous and even life-threatening in some cases, particularly for people who have been using high doses of the drug or have been using it for a long time. It is essential for anyone who is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction to seek professional treatment to manage the withdrawal process safely and effectively.
Treatment for Benzodiazepine Abuse at Evoke Wellness at Cohasset
Our detox program at Evoke Wellness at Cohasset is the first step in the treatment process, and it is designed to help patients safely manage the withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepine addiction. Our medical team provides round-the-clock care and support, ensuring patients are comfortable and safe throughout the process.
Once detox is complete, patients move on to our residential treatment program, where they receive a range of evidence-based therapies and treatments designed to address the underlying causes of their addiction. Our program includes individual and group therapy and a range of holistic and alternative therapies.
We understand that addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing care and support. We offer a range of aftercare services to help patients maintain their sobriety and prevent relapse. Our alum program provides ongoing support and resources, including peer support groups, relapse prevention education, and other tools to help patients achieve long-term recovery.
If you or someone you love is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, it is essential to seek professional help as soon as possible. At Evoke Wellness at Cohasset, we are here to help you take the first step on your journey to recovery. Contact us today at 866.931.6429 to learn more about our programs and services and to start your journey to a healthier, happier life free from addiction.