Benzodiazepines, or sedatives, are usually prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and sleep disorders.
Though they are classified as Schedule IV drugs and therefore less likely to cause addiction in the user when taken as prescribed as compared to Schedule III or Schedule II substances, they are still addictive and those who abuse these drugs very often become dependent. When this occurs, professional detox and treatment is recommended.
In most cases, benzodiazepines are not considered a long-term solution to anxiety or sleep disorders due to their addictive nature. Patients are encouraged to utilize holistic treatment methods to address anxiety and disruptive sleep patterns.
Benzodiazepines are CNS depressants. That is, they work by slowing down the functions of the central nervous system. When experiencing extreme anxiety, a patient’s brain may trigger a physical response (e.g., rapid heart rate, increase in temperature, rapid breathing, etc.), thus use of benzodiazepines can slow those responses and help the patient to function normally. Similarly, when a patient is too wired to fall asleep or stay asleep, these medications can slow down the brain and body and allow the patient to have an easier time falling asleep.
There are a number of different uses of benzodiazepines that define benzo abuse. These include:
When benzodiazepines are abused chronically, benzo addiction can result. Because benzos are both physically and psychologically addictive, it is recommended that those who are dependent upon the pills seek professional help. A program that offers medical detox and long-term psychotherapeutic intervention is the best option when addressing benzodiazepine addiction. Contact us at the phone number listed above now to talk with one of our admissions coordinators about how we can help.
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