July 9, 2018 Felicia Durling

What You Need to Know about Benzodiazepines and Addiction

Even if you aren’t familiar with the term “benzodiazepines,” you have likely come across these drugs at some point. Common brand names for these prescription drugs include Ativan and Valium. While these drugs are often prescribed, many people don’t realize the potential challenges from benzodiazepine addiction and withdrawal that can happen when the person stops using the medication.

Anxiety Management with Medication

The use of medication to manage anxiety can be a helpful option for certain people. Benzodiazepines have a calming effect, which can be beneficial to reduce the symptoms associated with anxiety. The problem lies in the abuse of these drugs, which has increased the need for rehabilitation services when someone is addicted.

When the drug is used, it affects the person’s mood by changing the way the neurotransmitters function in the brain. Chemical balances are adjusted, helping to create a feeling of calmness. Now, there are more than two dozen drugs in the United States that are classified as benzodiazepines. These sedatives can be powerful and dangerous, especially when used on an ongoing basis.

Use of Benzodiazepines

The FDA approved the first benzodiazepine in the 1960’s, and it was approved for prescribing in 1963. But, as the use of the medication grew, industry professionals started to notice a dependence on the medication, even when the patient maintained the same prescription dosage.

This class of medication is often prescribed for people of all ages. It is estimated that approximately 5% of the population between the ages of 18 and 80 are currently using benzodiazepines. The use of these medications is increasing. As a result, the risk of benzodiazepine addiction is increasing as well.

Are You Addicted to Benzodiazepines?

If you are addicted to this class of medications, then it is essential to find professional support from an addiction recovery center. With the right help, it is possible to overcome the addiction safely and take control of your life again.

Our team at The Center for Life Change is here to assist with your customized addiction recovery program. We understand the importance of breaking the addictive behavior. Talk to us to learn more about your options: (951) 775-4000

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