Benzodiazepines (known as benzos) are a family of psychotherapeutic drugs. Although over 2000 types have been developed, only 15 are currently FDA-approved. Though proven assets in the treatment of diseases like panic disorders, alcoholism, convulsions, insomnia, anxiety and others – benzodiazepines are highly addictive if not used responsibly and in line with the instructions of your prescribing physician.

Two of the most popular benzodiazepines are diazepam (commonly known as Valium), and Alprazolam (commonly known as Xanax). The functions of these drugs are to calm the patient down and induce chemically provided relaxation to offset nervous disorders and the side effects of other diseases that cause anxiety, mental unrest, and sleep deprivation. Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a much higher threat to patients in psychotherapy and with pre-existing addictions, making monitored prescription for addiction withdrawal symptoms absolutely necessary.

Effects of Addiction to Benzodiazepines (Benzos)

A patient who has grown dependent on benzodiazepines can expect to experience both physical and mental repercussions. The symptoms of addiction include, but are not limited to:

  • Diarrhea
  • Slurred Speech
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Impaired concentration and coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle cramps

Benzodiazepines can last in your system for up to eight days, making withdrawal and detoxification especially difficult and often mandating extended hospitalization.

Treatment for Addiction to Benzodiazepines (Benzos)

Outside of a crucial and necessary medically managed detoxification regimen, there exists no specific set of rules or guidelines for recovery from addiction to benzodiazepines. The most successful programs follow the philosophy of other types of treatment programs: clinical psychotherapy, after-treatment coping methods, etc. Because of their many benefits in the world of legitimate medicine, the patient is likely to encounter benzodiazepines more readily than other illicit drugs. The best programs realize this and will work to prepare the patient for the road after rehab. We will find you the most successful and proven programs to help you defeat your addiction to benzodiazepines.

The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of benzodiazepine treatment programs in your local area, as well as the leading recommended benzodiazepine treatment programs in the United States and around the world.

Contact the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) anytime toll-free at (800) 784-6776 or through our online form, and we will recommend the leading drug and alcohol rehab centers for you or your loved one.