What are Prescription
Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as prescription tranquilizers. Also known as benzos, these medications are prescribed for a wide variety of uses, mostly involving their sedative effects. Valium and Xanax are popular examples of benzodiazepines. Other examples of benzos are Ativan, Klonopin, and Restoril.
Benzodiazepines are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the US. They are given to people with anxiety disorders and panic disorders. But they can also be used for the following medical conditions: insomnia, seizure disorders, and muscle spasms. In some cases, benzos are also given to people going through alcohol withdrawal or given as an anesthetic before a surgery. LEARN MORE
How Do Prescription
Benzos Help with Anxiety
Benzodiazepines are the most common medications for anxiety disorders. These drugs can help fight the symptoms of anxiety, including panic attacks and extreme worry.
Benzos enhance the activity of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter, which is a chemical in the brain that relaxes a person. LEARN MORE
For a lot of people going through addiction treatment for alcoholism, one of the most difficult challenges of getting sober is alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal has always been known as one of the most uncomfortable and painful parts of the recovery process. It can sometimes even be fatal. LEARN MORE
What Happens When
You Abuse Prescription
Aside from the fact that benzodiazepines can make a person feel calm and relaxed, it is also widely abused because of its availability. Benzos are prescription medications, meaning they can easily be obtained.
It goes without saying that abusing prescription benzodiazepines is dangerous. LEARN MORE
Addiction is characterized by the compulsive need to take a certain drug or substance. It is described as an inability to control one’s intake of a particular substance. In this case, a benzodiazepine addiction is the inability to control your intake of this prescription medication. LEARN MORE
Treatment for Prescription
and Drug Abuse
Similar with other drugs, addiction treatment for benzodiazepines involves removing the drug from the patient’s system first. This process is called medical detox. During this stage of treatment, the patient’s intake is lowered gradually while their withdrawal symptoms are managed by medical professionals. LEARN MORE