A highly overlooked epidemic that is starting to catch up with our children today is the use and abuse of Benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines, commonly known as benzos, are a class of drugs primarily used for treating anxiety and panic attacks. These drugs act on the central nervous system, and generally have a high potential for dependence. Long-term use can frequently result in addiction or abuse, and you should always follow a doctor’s advice on the necessary dosing.

Signs of benzodiazepine use include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor coordination
  • Amnesia
  • Irritability
  • Reduced inhibition
  • Impaired judgment

In low doses, these drugs are sedatives. In moderate doses, they counter anxiety. In high doses they are hypnotics. However, those abusing the drug will generally develop a tolerance and will get to extremely high dosages. When the problem spirals out of control and benzo dependency begins to develop, the user may experience the following symptoms:

  • Loss of personal identity
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Failure or inability to reduce doses or stop using benzodiazepines

If you or your loved one is experiencing addiction to benzodiazepines, please give us a call at 1-800-203-2024. We are here to help along your path to recovery.

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