Can You Become Addicted to Benzodiazepines?
Can you become addicted to Benzodiazepines? This was a question that until recently, doctors only speculated as to the answer. For the most part there was not a lot of evidence to support that Benzodiazepines were habit forming, but then things changed.
What are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that include medications to treat sleep, anxiety and stress disorders among others and include drugs such as Xanax, Valium (Diazepam), Klonopin and Ativan, to name a few.
In 2013, statistics were released by the CDC as to the number of people with Benzodiazepine dependency and cited that more than 22 million women take anti-depressants and more than 30 million adults are on sleeping pills. The study recognized that the number of Americans taking Benzodiazepines had doubled in the last few years.
How Do Benzodiazepines Work?
You may have heard the terms SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) once or twice. Benzodiazepines are medications that change brain function by reducing GABA production in the brain at the receptor sites and altering the person’s mood.
Taking Benzodiazepine medication long-term will have a lasting effect. Should the individual stop taking the drug suddenly, withdrawal will begin immediately and the result can be some pretty disturbing and vivid nightmares, delusions, seizures and there have been some extreme cases of death.
Trying to quit Benzos can be dangerous. It is for this reason that most doctors recommend a professional inpatient medical detox for Benzodiazepine abuse or addiction.
Benzodiazepine Addiction and Withdrawal
Benzodiazepines were not meant to be taken for long periods of time, but were initially supposed to be prescribed for short-term use as a temporary solution. However, as is the case with other medications, patients began taking the drugs and never stopped and doctors realized that there was the same propensity for dependency on Benzodiazepines as with other medications.
With Benzos, tolerance may develop more quickly with some drugs than others and the same can be said for withdrawal. Depending on the particular Benzodiazepine medication, there are a variety of different side effects from withdrawal that may appear when an individual quits the drug. Although most withdrawal symptoms begin within a few hours, for Paxil users’ withdrawal will begin much more quickly.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
The best method for Benzodiazepine detox treatment is IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy will have an immediate impact on the side effects from withdrawal and it will keep the patient comfortable throughout the process. Research shows that when patients are comfortable throughout the detox treatment they are more likely to stay and successful complete detox.
If you are you worried that you may be addicted to Benzodiazepines, call Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929. Gallus Detox can help you stop Benzodiazepine abuse. Call us to find out more about our private detox facility and IV therapy method for Benzo detox.