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Benzodiazepines (Benzos) can be accurately described as the lesser-discussed prescription drug epidemic facing the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that these drugs were involved in 12,499 deaths in 2021, many of which also involved opioids. Benzos are a family of drugs that are used to treat different types of anxiety and sleep disorder. Some of the more popular types of benzos include:

  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
  • Onfi (Clobazam)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Clorazepate (Tranxene)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)

While there are more deaths per year from prescription painkiller addiction, the scope of addiction to benzos around the world far exceeds those of opioids. iRecovery provides individual therapy to those recovering from Benzodiazepine addiction. iRecovery offers assessment and supportive psychotherapy services for those seeking to determine the need for treatment, clarification of whether a higher level of care and referral are needed, or who have already been stabilized and are now abstinent from their substance use. We offer one-on-one counseling sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy and case management support services to help patients reclaim their strength, confidence, and independence. Contact our representatives today at 855-770-0581 to start or continue your journey toward recovery and a better quality of life.

The cruel irony surrounding benzo addiction, and every other type of prescription dependency, is that it inevitably winds up intensifying the very condition it was meant to treat. Prolonged and untreated benzo addiction leads to increased anxiety, inability to sleep and a variety of other physical and psychological health issues, including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing
In the most extreme cases, excessive benzo abuse can lead to coma. These drugs are especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol. Excessive benzo use can also lead to chronic headaches, severe changes in weight, chronic weakness and fatigue and much more.
Like any other type of prescription drug, the lines can often get blurred between acceptable and extreme benzo use. If patients have a prescription for the drug, it is often assumed by their doctor and loved ones that they are taking the drug responsibly. Very often, however, this is simply not the case. In order to understand whether you or your loved one needs help for benzo addiction, it is important to look for the following physical and behavioral indicators:

  • Extreme Drowsiness
  • Fatigue and Lethargy
  • Sluggishness and Inactivity
  • Decline in Professional or Academic Performance
  • Doctor-Shopping (Looking for Doctors to Prescribe the Drug when their Original Physician Stops)
  • Changes to Sex Drive
  • Constipation and Other Stomach Issues
  • Dizziness and Lightheadedness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Withdrawal and Cravings

Other severe symptoms can include seizures, depression and much more. Fatal benzo overdose typically occurs when the heart stops and a person loses consciousness.

It is common for those who have succumbed to benzo addiction to have co-occurring anxiety disorder. In these cases, it is critical that they get treatment for their substance use disorder, as well as their underlying condition. Behavioral rehab and counseling helps patients address the root causes of their benzo addiction and develop coping mechanisms to help them avoid relapse. Patients must learn to live a life free from anxiety without the prolonged, chronic use of benzos. These drugs are not meant for lifetime use, and should not serve as a substitute for other types of behavioral therapy for anxiety, sleep disorder or all other issues for which benzos are routinely prescribed.

Rehab should consist of group therapy, individualized counseling and supplemental interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Patients are also given customized aftercare plans that help them build on the progress they made in treatment and develop coping techniques to prevent setbacks when they are faced with high-pressure situations.

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