Benzodiazepines have for the most part replaced barbiturates as anesthetics, hypnotics and sedatives. Benzodiazepines are considered minor tranquilizers and are often prescribed for short term use. Most people try to attend a benzodiazepine detox treatment center, to help them stop using.
Benzodiazepine is often referred to as Benzo and is a psychoactive drug that depresses the central nervous system. Benzos can have a significant impact on mood patterns, perception and behavior. Benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of sleep disorders, muscle cramps, anxiety disorders and as a seizure preventative. Benzos are effective for different time periods and are taken orally in pill or tablet form although some people inject them when they inject other drugs such as heroin. Many people who use cocaine also admit to using benzodiazepines. Prescriptions for Benzodiazepine include Librium, Valium, Ativan, Xanax and Rohypnol (also known as the date rape drug).Signs and Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Use
When Benzo is used for prolong periods of time, or misused, it has the potential for serious side effects including irritability and hostility, amnesia, problems breathing, nausea and diarrhea, slurred speech and nightmares. Individuals who use Benzodiazepine are at risk for becoming physically dependent on the drug.
As dependency continues individuals may require benzodiazepine detox treatment. Withdrawal symptoms from Benzos can be painful and uncomfortable. Symptoms include aggression, depression, despair, mood swings, panic attacks, chest pains and possible suicide. If use continues, the individual may experience loss of consciousness which may last for days. Benzo users may suffer brain damage from continued use. If Benzo is mixed with alcohol or other drugs the results could be fatal. If a Benzo is injected, it can cause vein damage which can lead to blood circulation problems in the limbs, sometimes requiring amputation.
Medical detox from Benzodiazepine use is the best method available. Top programs for benzodiazepine detox offer inpatient IV therapy to medical detox and relive the withdrawal symptoms from Benzo cessation. Your detox will begin with an assessment of your physical, social and psychological health. These assessments are to ensure that you stay calm and safe throughout the detox process.
After your benzodiazepine detox is complete, you may need to enroll in a program that will help you rebuild your life. Freedom Model Retreats offers a program that through Cognitive Behavioral Learning teaches guests to realize that their drug use is a choice and by making a different choice, and reinforcing it with different habits and behaviors, they can be free of drug use permanently.