Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are prescribed to millions of people in our country each year. The high risk for developing of addiction to these drugs makes them a dangerous medical solution for many. Although benzos are prescribed by doctors, many individuals misuse them because of their addictive tendency. There are a few signs that individuals who have been using benzos or loved ones of a benzo user can look for that can help them recognize addiction. Fortunately, if you find that you are addicted to benzos, help is available so that you can get back to living a normal and functional life.
What are Benzos?
Benzos are medically helpful medication for treatment of a few medical issues if taken in shortened time frames. Most doctors that would consider prescribing benzos for medical use know that they are intended for short-term use, and usually only prescribe a round or two before depleting or supplementing treatment. Benzos belong to a family of drugs known as anxiolytics, used to help lessen and reduce symptoms of anxiety. They can also be prescribed for sleep conditions such as insomnia. The most common brand name of benzos is Xanax, which are referred to as ‘xans’, ‘xannies’, or ‘bars’. Other common brand names of the drug include Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, and Librium.
How do I know if I’m Addicted to Benzos?
Whether you have a prescription or have been using benzos on your own, dependency is the biggest sign for developing an addiction to the substance. Dependence is when the body starts to recognize a drug, so it reacts and functions differently without it. First, the body develops tolerance. This means that you will require more of a drug to experience the effects that you first felt upon beginning to take the drug. Find yourself upping doses or taking doses more frequently to experience medicating effects? Tolerance may be developing. After tolerance, dependence forms. Dependency is characterized by the presence of withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not administered. If you experience any of the following upon taking the drug, you may have a dependency to benzos. Characteristics of benzo dependency include withdrawal symptoms including:
- Heightened anxiety and depression
- Body shakes
- Severe headaches or migraines
- Increased heart rate
- The feeling of burning throughout the head
- Involuntary twitching
Addicted to Benzos? Know the Dangers of Withdrawal
If you think that you may be addicted to benzos based on experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you lessen or skip doses, you can live a life without your benzo tolerance, dependency, and addiction by utilizing treatment services. The first step to diminishing a benzo addiction will be a medical detox. Detoxing means eliminating the substance from the body so that healing can commence. While detox is in progress, withdrawal symptoms are experienced since the drug is no longer administered to the body. Although many individuals choose to detox on their own from their drug of choice, it is highly suggested that those addicted to benzos do not attempt to detox on their own. Detoxing from benzos is more dangerous than detoxing from other drugs because withdrawal symptoms may be severe and last extended periods of time. A medical detox allows individuals detoxing from benzos to be medically monitored and managed so that they get the care and medication they need to be successful throughout recovery. Once the detox phase is complete, individuals addicted to benzos find healing and learn skillful sobriety techniques through innovative therapies and programs from treatment facilities like The Lily Pad of St. Augustine.
Finding Help for Benzo Addiction through Treatment
If you have recently completed medical detox or treatment programs for an addiction to benzos, or are considering finding help for benzo addiction, The Lily Pad of St. Augustine can help! We are a full-service women’s sober living institution with the desire and goal of helping individuals with an addiction assimilate back into society to lead productive and healthy lives. Check out our website for more details on how our programs can help you, or give us a call to speak to an addiction specialist. All of our conversations are completely confidential, and you can call us at any time of the day or night at 561-758-1011 for answers to any questions you may have. You CAN be free from daily benzo use, and you CAN be the person that you want to be!