Benzodiazepine Addictions

Benzodiazepines, often abbreviated as “benzos” are one of the most common drugs on the market. This is as a result of their accessibility – doctors all over the world rarely hesitate to prescribe their patients endless quantities. Brand names of these drugs that you may recognize include Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonapin. In the 1950’s benzos earned the nickname “mother’s little helper” for the boom in prescriptions of these anti-anxiety pills to over-stressed and tired housewives across America.

It can be hard to comprehend how a prescription pill like Xanax can be so dangerous, considering they are so commonly prescribed and taken – not to mention, legal. Anyone who has suffered from panic attacks or who has had sever anxiety understands the need for relief. However, the problem with this type of solution is that it is not only temporary, but can be misused without the person even realizing. When anxiety strikes and a quick ix is readily available, legal and prescribed by a physician, most people will not think twice. However, the anxiety will undoubtedly increase without any kind of therapy alongside the medication, and the need for more of the same pill to relieve the symptoms will become apparent.

Once hooked, it is very difficult to kick a benzo addiction. The body and mind both become dependent and it is actually dangerous to abruptly stop taking the medication after being on it for an extended period of time. It is possible to go into seizures from withdrawal and even for the heart to stop, so a medical detoxification is crucial.

If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to benzo’s, call Lifetime Recovery Center today. Let our caring and knowledgeable staff guide you towards getting the help you need. You do not need to go through this alone ever again.