Benzodiazepines are a class of prescription drugs used to treat insomnia, stress, anxiety disorders and panic attacks. These medications are meant for short-term use only. When taken over a long time, they can be addictive.
Doctors are aware that these types of medications have the potential to be abused, especially if they are taken with other substances, such as opiates or alcohol. A number people develop a substance abuse issue after taking them for a long period.
Names Of Commonly Prescribed Benzodiazepines
Some examples of benzodiazepines which are commonly prescribed by doctors are
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Halcion (triazolam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
Signs Of Benzodiazepine Abuse
Someone who is abusing benzodiazepines may display one or more of the following symptoms. They may be caused by other medical concerns as well, so don’t immediately assume that the person has an addiction issue. The more signs he or she has, however, the more likely that a substance abuse problem may be the underlying reason for the behavior.
- Blurred vision
- Impaired judgment
- Poor coordination
- Lack of inhibition
- Troublesome dreams
Seniors who are taking benzodiazepines may become confused or display dementia-like symptoms. They are also more likely to overdose on their medication than younger patients. Always pay close attention to your older loved one when they’re taking medications.
The benzodiazepines act as a nervous system depressant. When combined with alcohol, which is another depressant, the effects of the two substances are multiplied. If the quantities ingested are great enough, the person can fall into a coma. In some cases, an overdose can be fatal.
Benzodiazepine Luxury Addiction Treatment
If you are concerned that a loved one has developed an addiction to benzodiazepines, don’t delay in seeking professional help. At The Dunes East Hampton, our luxury drug rehab facility provides an environment where our clients can relax in complete luxury and privacy and focus their full attention on getting well.
Our treatment programs are customized to meet each client’s specific needs and goals. Our holistic approach to treatment includes providing a well-balanced, sophisticated diet for our clients during their stay. It’s one of the ways in which we support our clients in their journey to sobriety, along with alternative therapies and healthy activities.