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:
- Blurred vision
- Poor coordination
- 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
- 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.