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Benzos are a dangerously addictive class of narcotic sedatives.
quitting on your own can be fatal.
What Exactly are Benzodiazepines?
The abuse of sedatives and similar medication is not a new issue. However, with the ease by which prescriptions can be obtained, what used to be a private home issue or celebrity scandal has now become commonplace and regular, middle-class America.
Benzodiazepines, or Benzos for short, are a type of sedative. Another well-known term for Benzos is tranquilizers. As a pharmaceutical under prescribed conditions, Benzos are used to relax a patient. They might be used for anxiety or panic attacks, overcoming insomnia or inducing relaxation so other treatments can be applied safely. They are a highly controlled and regulated narcotic due to the fact that Benzos are extremely addictive, triggering a portfolio of symptoms along the way.
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How to Know if Someone is Abusing Benzos: Signs + Symptoms
From a clinical perspective, addiction with Benzos needs to meet specific conditions for a user to be classified as addicted. There are 11 categories of symptoms of which at least two need to occur within the same 12 months’ time window. Examples of these categories include the experience of withdrawal effects as soon as Benzo is purged from the user’s system completely, and the user spends all of his or her focus trying to get the drug, ingest it and recover from it versus any other life activities.
In practice, addiction is not nearly so clinical as above. Part of the problem has to do with the fact that the initial exposure to Benzos can happen quite legitimately with a normal treatment regimen. In most cases, patients that follow the instructions provided by their physician suffer no ill-effects. However, when one slips and begins taking more of the prescription than instructed, the addiction can begin and set in.
The user will very likely be in denial because sedative addiction isn’t very obvious. It frequently sneaks up in subtle ways. However, once the addiction is set in, certain behaviors start to become obvious to an external observer and trained identifier such as a physician.
Typical symptoms that appear with Benzo addiction include:
-Physical strength loss
-Sleepiness or exhaustion
-Clear bad behavior looking for ways to get more Benzo pills from others
-Irrational mood swings
-Loss of functional memory
-Combining Benzos with alcohol and other drugs
-In extreme cases, coma or death can occur
In addition to the above symptoms of incorrect usage, the body will try to adjust by developing what’s known as a tolerance to the initial Benzo intake. This will then trigger the user’s attempt to overcome the body by increasing the number of narcotics ingested to reach the same effect. One might think that -tolerance would be a good way to quit before things get bad, but the body also triggers withdrawal effects if the level of Benzo intake drops dramatically. That becomes so miserable the user actively seeks more Benzos to get back to a good feeling and eliminating the withdrawal effects.
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- Opioid/Opiate Prescription Drugs: Percocet (oxycodone), Vicodin/Norco (hydrocodone), Oxycontin, Morphine, Codeine, Dilaudid, Suboxone, Methadone etc.
- Benzodiazepine addictions: Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), etc.
- Opiate/Opioid Illicit Drugs: (heroin, and opium)
- Illicit Street Drugs: cocaine, crack/cocaine, methamphetamine (crystal, meth, etc.), hallucinogenics (mushrooms, acid, etc.), marijuana and more
- Club Drugs: spice, molly, MDMA (ecstasy), flakka, GHB, etc.
- Alcohol Abuse: hard liquor, beer, and wine.
Withdrawal Signs + Symptoms of Benzos
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms wrack the body so bad, it has to be addressed by trained medical help. Anyone trying to go it alone through the withdrawal process has a very slim single percentage chance of success. The process and symptoms are so acute, many go right back to the addiction and narcotic abuse just to make the pain and spasm stop. Withdrawals can be a few symptoms or all combined. Every user ends up with a bit of a different combination, but most will agree it is a horrible experience to go through, and they will try to avoid it as much as possible given a choice.
As noted earlier, withdrawals can be life-threatening for a user, which is quite a different situation then the narcotic use itself. Because of this particular difference, Benzodiazepine detox managed and administered by a physician is critical for safe recovery from Benzo addiction. Addictions that last longer than six months have been found in research to typically result in muscle spasms which in turn can trigger entire body seizing. Physician-guided detoxification can address this issue and far more in withdrawals before they become harmful or life-threatening. It’s also the reason why in-patient treatment is also highly recommended so that 24-hour monitoring can be applied in the early phases of withdrawal.
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Quit Abusing Benzos for Good at Victory Detox Center in Southern California
While one might find multiple forms of home treatment or outpatient approaches to drug detox in general, the nasty nature of Benzo withdrawals makes these other choices entirely impractical. Time and again the most important treatment possible is in-patient detox care and related separation from the addiction under physician and medical staff monitoring. The withdrawal phase is so dangerous, even considering a home or outpatient approach is just foolish, like walking in front of a car on a highway.
For those in or near the North Hollywood area and wider L.A. region needing help, the Victory Detox Center is your answer for help with Benzodiazepine Detox. Our expert staff is well experienced in dealing with hard detox and related withdrawals, helping countless patients make through their worse experiences with the drug and separation from it. Don’t put off treatment or help longer. Call today and make a clean start with key support in getting clean.