Benzodiazepines Treatment

February 6, 2010


Benzodiazepines Basics

Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs commonly prescribed to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression.  They are sedatives which help to relax those who take them. They have proven to be very effective in this regard and are increasingly being been prescribed to U.S. citizens, so much so that some health professionals believe that they are now being over-prescribed. In the United States, Benzodiazepines are classified as a Schedule IV drug. They are illegal to consume without a prescription.


What Leads To A Benzodiazepines Addiction?

Benzodiazepines are potentially very addicting, both physically and psychologically. Because of this, many doctors will place strict parameters on their use when they prescribe them. They may only prescribe the drug for a short amount of time or in small doses. A user will also be slowly weaned off of these types of drug, especially if they have been taking them for some time. This is because it can be dangerous for individuals to suddenly stop taking Benzodiazepines, as a number of physical dangers can occur, such as stroke.


Some of the most well-known Benzodiazepines are Xanax, Valium and Librium. An addiction to these types of drugs can occur quite easily and a tolerance to these drugs can develop pretty quickly as well.  When a doctor prescribes them, they will take special measures to decrease the likelihood that an individual develops an addiction to the drug. This will require them constantly monitoring the patient and insisting that they come in for visits before they are prescribed more medication.


Because Benzodiazepines are both physically and psychological addicting, if a person develop an addiction, it may be necessary for them to seek outside help. Detoxification, rehab and counseling are all possible treatment options.  If an addiction is really severe, it may be necessary for individuals to enter some sort of inpatient facility.


The Importance of Overcoming Benzodiazepines Addiction

  • An addiction to Benzodiazepines can cause great damage to a person physically.
  • Persons who become physically addicted to Benzodiazepines run the risk of having their lives consumed by its use.
  • An overdose of Benzodiazepines, especially when consumed with other drugs such as alcohol, can lead to death.





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