If you or a loved one is addicted to benzodiazepines, the caring staff at Briarwood is here to help you reclaim your life from drug addiction with an individualized, medically-assisted detox program that is both safe and comfortable.
Benzodiazepines are some of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States because they are easy to obtain and are frequently prescribed by doctors for anxiety and insomnia. Commonly abused benzodiazepines include Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin.
Benzodiazepines are sedatives that work to calm the user by raising levels of an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, called GABA. They affect the central nervous system, reducing feelings of anxiety and relaxing the user’s muscles. Although benzodiazepines can be dangerous when misused on their own, they become even more deadly when consumed with alcohol or opioids.
Benzodiazepines are classified into three types based on how long their effects last. The three types are:
- Ultra-short acting benzodiazepines
- Short-acting benzodiazepines
- Long-acting benzodiazepines
When taken in regular doses or as prescribed, benzodiazepines are rarely dangerous. But when chronically abused or taken in high doses, they can produce many harmful side effects. These include:
- Impaired coordination
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Breathing problems
Long-term abuse of benzodiazepines has also been linked to permanent cognitive impairment.
Do I Need Benzodiazepine Detox?
The detox process is different for everyone, but you may experience very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms during benzodiazepine detox. If you are physically addicted to benzodiazepines, a medically-assisted detox program will ensure your safety throughout the process. Contact us today to speak to an admissions coordinator about your individual needs.