Benzo Addiction: What Causes It And How We Can Help

Benzodiazepines or benzos are a medical-grade drug that helps with multiple painful emotional and physical problems, such as seizures, anxiety, and muscle spasms. Unfortunately, benzo addiction remains a real threat across the world. It is especially problematic when combining opioid abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 14% of opioid overdose deaths included benzos in a drug cocktail known as a “speedball.”

Are you afraid you or someone you love is addicted to benzos? Our team at Genesis Medical Detox in Muscle Shoals, AL, and Pulaski, TN, is here to help you. By teaching you about the dangers of benzos, we can make your sobriety decision much easier. Our team can provide you with the skilled and effective detoxification services that you need to begin. It is important to understand what this type of medication is and how you can overcome your benzo addiction.

What Are Benzos and What Do They Do?

Benzos, known formally as benzodiazepines, serve as a calming agent for both your mental and physical state. They attach to the receptors in your brain to decrease their sensitivity. Because of this effect, they have some legitimate uses in the medical world. Some reasons individuals are prescribed these medications include to:

  • Minimize alcohol withdrawal symptoms and make recovery easier
  • Reduce anxiety symptoms by calming a stressed mind
  • Relax tight or convulsed muscles that may cause excessive strain
  • Reduce seizure occurrence by minimizing nerve stimulation
  • Provide amnesia support before surgery to reduce your pain
  • Manage sleep disorders by calming an active mind or body
  • Prevent panic disorders

When used properly, benzos provide safe and effective treatment. Unfortunately, abuse may trigger extreme benzo addiction. Addiction triggers symptoms like physical weakness, intense drowsiness, poor judgment, impulsive decisions, obsession with taking benzos, blurred vision, and higher tolerance. 

How Many Benzos are Out There?

These medications are believed to provide patients with more benefits than downsides. However, the Drug Enforcement Agency classifies them as Schedule IV controlled substances. For this reason, individuals cannot get these medications without a doctor’s prescription. Common prescriptions that patients receive include: 

  • Alprazolam (Niravam®, Xanax®)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (LIBRAX®)
  • Cclorazepate (Tranxene)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Flurazepam (Dalmane®)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Temazepam (Restoril™)
  • Triazolam (Halcion®)

Doctors prescribe these substances for problems like anxiety, insomnia, partial seizures, and anesthetic usage. Unfortunately, there are instances where individuals develop a benzo addiction to these medications. 

How Does Benzo Addiction Happen?

Tragically, benzo addiction can happen even if you follow your doctor’s suggestions. Some people have a higher addiction risk than others and may struggle to stay sober. Unfortunately, addiction is more than just a physical problem. This multi-dimensional puzzle unfolds on both behavioral and psychological planes.

For instance, some people become addicted to the calming sensation of benzos. It may help reduce their anxiety and make life easier to handle. If you need to take benzos to feel normal and healthy, you might eventually develop an addiction. Doctors typically prescribe these medications for short-term use because of the potential for users to form addictions.

Furthermore, your body gradually acclimates to the medications and needs higher doses to achieve the same effect. As your intake increases, your body becomes dependent on them to feel normal. Eventually, behavioral problems may develop, such as drug-seeking behaviors. Going through detoxification can help you beat your addiction. Our team at Genesis Medical Detox understands benzo addiction and detoxification on a deep level. We are available to provide you with the tools and resources that you need to overcome your benzo addiction and live happier and healthier.

Are You Ready for Us to Help?

Benzo withdrawal often causes intense insomnia, mood swings, anxiety, pain, emotional disturbances, and more. At Genesis Medical Detox, we can provide skilled benzo detoxification that gradually works this drug out of your system. How do we start? We’ll do a 15-20 minute assessment to gauge your needs. Answer our questions accurately, and we can create a successful detox.

We simply need you to be real with us to ensure your success. This includes providing us with your medical history truthfully and fully. After the assessment, there’s a tour waiting for you. After your assessment, you will meet our team and gain insight into the ins and outs of our detox procedure, and become well-versed in all we have to provide. 

Although this can seem like an overwhelming process, and you may have a lot of questions, we are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need. We will answer all of your questions to ensure you know what to expect throughout the process. In your detox journey, to curb the discomfort and make things a bit easier, we will give you some meds that help tame the withdrawal symptoms that you experience. We will ensure you remain as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the entire detox process.

Post-treatment care might be on your mind, too. How do we assist you after treatment? We are here round-the-clock for guidance because your recovery matters to us 24/7. Our goal is simple: guide you through every step and clarify everything so nothing seems daunting anymore.

What happens after detoxification? Our team will talk with you about your rehab options. We partner with multiple recovery facilities throughout the region. These include short- and long-term rehab, as well as outpatient and inpatient options. Rehabilitation can help you learn new tools for resisting addiction and living a happier and healthier life. We can help determine which level of care is right for you to ensure you have the best chances of achieving and maintaining sobriety.

Unfortunately, relapses do occur. If you find yourself dealing with this situation, it is important that you know where to turn to. Our team will offer guidance and support to ensure you are able to overcome your benzo addiction once and for all. 

Genesis Medical Detox

The road to recovery is attainable with the right resources, guidance, and help. Our team is here to provide you with all of the tools and resources that you need to live happier and healthier, once and for all. Please call 844-895-0537 to set up an appointment with our team at Genesis Medical Detox. Our team has offices in Muscle Shoals, AL, and Pulaski, TN, so you are able to go to the facility that works best for you.

Dr. John Windland, Md

Dr. John Windland, Md

Dr. John Windland, Md Is A Hospital Medicine Specialist In Pulaski, Tn And Has Over 21 Years Of Experience In The Medical Field. He Graduated From Southwest College Of Naturopathic Medicine health Sciences In 2001

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