5 Common Benzodiazepines and Their Effects
All About Benzodiazepines
Many people develop an addiction to Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin due to first being prescribed to them by a doctor. The problem is that benzodiazepines are incredibly addictive and, without proper medical supervision, it’s easy for a person to spiral into addiction reasonably quickly.
What Are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that can be prescribed to a patient for a variety of reasons. Some of the common reasons a doctor may think their patient may benefit from this type of drug would be if their patient struggles with severe anxiety attacks or panic attacks.
Additionally, benzodiazepines may help patients that are dealing with epileptic seizures. Benzodiazepines are identified under several names. Common examples of benzodiazepines include:
Regardless of which of the above benzodiazepines is prescribed, they are all highly addictive. In fact, it may only take a few days or weeks for addiction to manifest once you start taking benzodiazepines.
Short-Term Effects of Benzodiazepines
The short-term effects of benzodiazepines can appear quickly in your everyday life: tremors, impaired thinking, nausea, and lack of appetite.
Sadly, there may also be a direct impact on your personal and professional relationships. For example, your friends or family members may begin to distance themselves from you because your behavior is becoming more unpredictable. In addition, you may also lose the trust of your employer because you are unable to complete your work.
Long Term Effects of Benzodiazepines
Of course, there are also long-term effects of having an addiction to benzodiazepines. Some symptoms that a person may experience as a result of their benzodiazepine addiction include:
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
Unfortunately, many people with an addiction to benzodiazepines also have a higher chance of developing an addiction to another drug. When you combine benzodiazepines with antidepressants, opiates, or alcohol, there is an even higher possibility that you may put so much stress on your body that your addiction can lead to your death.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
Like an addiction to any other drug or alcohol, it’s essential that you not go through the withdrawal process alone when you decide to overcome your addiction. In most cases, the severity of your withdrawal symptoms will depend on the severity of your addiction. While it’s true that you may feel generally hungover during this time, sleepy, and have a terrible headache, it’s also possible that your withdrawal symptoms could become deadly.
At Muse Treatment in Los Angeles, we offer treatment plans and an entire detox program, so you never have to go through this process yourself. You can rest assured that you will receive the around-the-clock care that you need to ensure that you don’t have to mitigate any of these symptoms by yourself.
Drug Addiction Treatment for Benzos
Regardless of whether you are struggling with an addiction to benzodiazepines or suffering from an addiction to alcohol, the Muse Treatment team understands the chaos and stress this addiction can have on your life.
When you are genuinely ready to commit to overcoming your addiction, we are here to help you. We collaborate with you to put together a treatment plan that is personalized to your needs. From there, we will provide you with the support and assurance that you need to overcome your addiction with proper treatment and go on to live a sober life. Please call us today at (800) 426-1818 and speak to a member of our team to learn more about our treatment options.