Benzodiazepine Detox

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What is Benzodiazepine?

Benzodiazepine is a type of mild tranquilizer that doctors prescribe for patients with mild anxiety. Even when taken as directed, a dependence on benzodiazepine can happen after weeks or months. Also known as Benzos, drugs such as Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, and Ativan are meant for short-term use. Persistent use of benzos can turn from a short-term solution into a long-term problem. Many people continue to use them, not for symptom relief, but to prevent painful withdrawal.

Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzos act as a depressant. That means the drug slows down functions of the body and dulls chemical receptors in the brain. Benzos also slow transmitters that are needed for alertness, coordination, emotional responses, and memory. When benzodiazepine use stops, “calming” chemicals benzos provide are no longer present. After the long-term abuse, individuals deal with a range of painful emotions.

Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepine addiction treatment always starts with supervised detoxification. This is done to make sure that the removal of any anti-anxiety medication is accomplished in a very gradual manner. Abruptly stopping the intake of benzodiazepines is not recommended because of the high risk of adverse side effects. Some of the most severe side effects are seizures or convulsions.

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