You’ve probably heard of benzos. You may have also heard people refer to them as tranquilizers. But what are benzos and why do people use them? Does treatment end a benzo addiction?
What are benzos?
So what are benzos, really? Doctors prescribe these drugs, formerly known as benzodiazepines, for anxiety, sleep, and seizure conditions. Patients also take them for muscle tension or pre-surgical relaxation. These medications make up a category of prescription drugs in the U.S. that people widely abuse today. Benzos work by slowing the central nervous system. They relax your muscles, sedate you and relieve anxiety. Benzos come in multiple forms and levels of potency. Some are ultra short-acting, like midazolam and triazolam. Others like alprazolam and lorazepam are short-acting, while chlordiazepoxide and diazepam are long-acting. Brand names for benzos include Versed, Halcion, Xanax, Ativan, Librium, and Valium. Many people abuse these drugs for their sedation effects. People on the streets call them roofies, tranks, Mexican, goofballs, downers, roach, valo, stupefi and heavenly blues. So now that you know the answer to, “What are benzos,” how do people abuse them?
How do people abuse benzos?
Benzos are widely available both legally and illegally. Some people only abuse benzos, while others use them with alcohol or other drugs. Combining a variety of substances often leads to death, but benzos alone rarely cause serious health problems or fatality. Benzos do have a reputation as date rape drugs. They make the victim unable to fight off their offender. Predators sometimes add these tasteless drugs to alcoholic beverages to sedate their victim. Whether you buy your benzodiazepines from a pharmacy or on the street, addiction happens equally easily.
Why do people keep taking benzos?
People take benzos under a doctor’s prescription for anxiety or other conditions. Many people illegally buy them for recreational use. But even legal use as a physician prescribes frequently causes addiction. Physical dependence on benzodiazepines is very strong. When quitting these drugs after addiction, you suffer intense withdrawal symptoms and can experience seizures. Withdrawal starts within a few days after your last dose. Many people keep taking their drug specifically to avoid these difficult symptoms.
Getting Help for Benzo Addiction
Benzo addiction treatment is available. If you have a physical dependence on the drug, you need medical supervision during detox to prevent severe withdrawal effects and seizures. Medications help you stay comfortable during benzodiazepine withdrawal and make it through to sobriety. Gallus Detox Center in Scottsdale, Arizona provides individualized detox for your specific detox needs. Programs that we offer include:
- Alcohol and drug addiction detox
- Medical supervision and treatment
- IV therapy and IV detoxification
- Complete privacy and confidentiality
- Supportive and caring staff
Gallus Detox Center understands your concerns about entering detox. However, fully customizable detox programs give you freedom, choices, and confidentiality for your best path into sobriety. Call Gallus Detox Center now at 888-228-9114 for more information about available programs.