Benzodiazepines (Benzos) Addiction & Abuse Facts

Just because a drug is prescribed to you, it doesn’t mean that it has no addictive qualities. It’s important to take medication as directed to protect yourself and get the care you need. View these benzodiazepines (benzos) addiction and abuse facts to learn how this prescription drug can harm you if used improperly.

If you or your loved one need a safe space to recover from addiction, contact Myrtle Beach Recovery to learn more about our short- and long-term recovery programs.

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are classified as tranquilizers, also known as sedatives.

They are prescribed to treat various forms of mental disorders and conditions, such as:

  • Epileptic seizures
  • Severe anxiety
  • Muscle spasms
  • Insomnia
  • Panic attacks

Some of the most common brand-name benzodiazepines include:

  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan

Benzodiazepines usually come in tablet or pill form, but they can also be administered as a liquid. They are considered highly addictive because they are designed to “slow down” the brain, which can cause a euphoric, sedative state. Because of their addictive nature, benzodiazepines are prescribed only for short-term use.

What is Benzodiazepine Abuse?

Prescription drug abuse is characterized by using a drug in a way that it is not intended. This includes:

  • Taking a drug that was not prescribed to you
  • Taking the drug for longer than prescribed
  • Increasing the dosage of the drug
  • Altering the consumption of the drug (e.g. crushing and snorting it)

What is Benzodiazepine Addiction?

 A very common outcome of abusing benzodiazepines is the development of an addiction. When you become addicted, your body requires more and more of the drug to feel its effects. Increasing your drug dosage can be extremely dangerous and lead to overdose.

When you are not using the drug, your body will have strong cravings for it, and you will likely experience severe withdrawal symptoms. You may feel that you need the drug to get through the day or just to feel “normal.” And, despite wanting to stop using the drug, you might find that you are unable to.

Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Addiction

When someone is abusing benzodiazepines, you might see the following symptoms when they are on the drug:

  • Intense drowsiness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Lethargy
  • Physical weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision

When someone is addicted to benzodiazepines but they are not on the drug, you might see the following symptoms:

  • Severe mood swings
  • Increased anxiety
  • Intense headaches
  • Hand tremors
  • Body aches
  • Increased sensitivity to touch and light
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Difficulty with concentration and memory

Consider Myrtle Beach Recovery

Knowing these benzodiazepine addiction and abuse facts can help you recognize when the drug use has gone too far. If you are abusing benzodiazepines or are struggling to maintain your sobriety, consider reaching out to Myrtle Beach Recovery. We offer short-term and long-term recovery programs, providing a safe place to work through the 12 Steps.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you on your path to sobriety.