Benzodiazepines is a category of sedatives also popularly known by its abbreviated name “Benzo” or “Benzos.” Drugs that fall under benzodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan and others.
The risk of benzodiazepines addiction is because they work. They work by regulating a pathway in the brain that modifies a protein on the surface of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) receptor brain cells. These receptors bind to GABA neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. The result is a more calming effect than natural GABA alone.
Benzodiazepines Medical Detox
Benzos are prescribed to treat nervous system medical conditions that include physical and mental illnesses such as severe seizures, anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, muscle spasms, and drug or alcohol withdrawals.
When these prescriptions for Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, or Ativan, for example, are abused, the consequences can be gravely dangerous, particularly when mixed with alcohol or drugs that have the opposite effect.
One of the first signs that you have an addiction to benzos is when you find yourself trying to reduce the amount you are taking, and not being able to do it. Abuse of benzos increases tolerance and you take more, or you take stronger doses to get the desired effect.
Symptoms of Benzos Addiction:
- Sleepiness/Inability to Stay Awake: Uncontrollable sleeping for an extended period of time.
- Cyclothymic Disorder: Frequent mood changes, similar to bi-polar disorder.
- Mental Exhaustion: Extreme mental tiredness is similar to the same effects of being physically exhausted.
- General Mental Disorder: Anxiety and panic attacks.
Sunrise Detox Path to Benzo Addiction Detox
The Sunrise Detox Center path to benzo addiction detox begins with a thorough psychological and physical evaluation to identify possible underlying causes and put in place a customized individual protocol that will treat co-occurring conditions. Our benzo medical detox employs a reduction of dose and treatment of withdrawal symptoms, all under monitored medical attention.
Contact Us for Help with Benzodiazepine Addiction
Sunrise Detox begins your benzo rehab detox treatment with a thorough psychological evaluation to identify potential underlying causes that may need to be treated during benzo addiction treatment. Our benzo medical detox uses a reducing dose taper to lower the risk of dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Sunrise Detox offers detox from benzos through our inpatient services with fully supervised medical attention.