Benzodiazepine, often called Benzos and abbreviated BZD for short, is frequently prescribed to those who struggle with anxiety, acute stress, insomnia, muscle spasms and seizures. Due to its well-known effects, this psychoactive drug is also helpful before certain medical procedures or during alcohol withdrawals.
Prescribed or recreational, long term use of Benzodiazepine is highly discouraged as research has led to the findings of several adverse effects on physical and psychological health after four weeks. Additionally, withdrawal from this mood-altering drug generally leads to better mental and physical well-being.
Commonly misused alone or with other medications, this psychoactive drug can be found on the ‘Beers List’ for possible dangers specific to seniors. Considered a sedative for the central nervous system as well as a depressant, Benzodiazepine is considered a highly addictive medication. Many individuals prescribed this drug decide that, if one pill can produce such calmness, what can two Benzos accomplish?
It doesn’t take long for a Benzodiazepine addiction to take hold, even in as little as four weeks a problem can develop. When the legally prescribed medication can no longer be obtained, individuals will purchase Benzodiazepine using less desirable means.
Red Flag: Benzos and “Doctor Shopping”
When someone is addicted to one or more controlled drugs that must be prescribed by a physician, ‘doctor shopping’ becomes a large part of the individual’s life. Doctor shopping is a warning sign of addiction to Benzodiazepine, and can be fueled by many different motives, such as the ones listed below:
- Frequent failure to pass urine screens, testing for prescribed and non-prescribed medications, resulting in subsequent loss of physician’s care
- Making appointment after appointment to no avail, searching for a physician who will prescribe the individual’s desired medications and dosages
- Attempting to secure multiple prescriptions from different doctors for the same medication, carefully orchestrated so that one physician does not know about the other(s)
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Benzodiazepine Abuse: Other Signs and Symptoms
The first sign of a Benzodiazepine addiction comes in the form of an increased and growing tolerance to the drug. As tolerance builds, more Benzos are required to achieve a pleasurable sense of calm, forcing the individual to consume his prescription much faster than the doctor has ordered. Typically, this results in the illegal acquisition of this drug through street purchases or ‘doctor shopping’.
When addicted to Benzodiazepine, there are other signs that become evident to family and friends, such as mood swings and intermittent agoraphobia, a form of anxiety where the individual feels trapped as he perceives his surroundings to be unsafe.
When addicted to Benzos, the individual may also attempt to ‘borrow’ prescriptions from friends and family. Still more signs of a Benzodiazepine addiction include noticeable mental confusion, a growing personal neglect, and lack of motivation which leads to loss of wages due to missed work.
Stop! Don’t Let Benzos Ruin You!
Since this is a psychoactive drug that sedates the nervous system, it is easy to spot the symptoms of Benzodiazepine abuse. Some of the more obvious symptoms include loss of memory, loss of concentration, lethargy, drowsiness, sedation, and slurred speech. This particular type of drug abuse can also be spotted in balance and walking.
Statistics and Benzodiazepine: Use and Addictions
Recent studies have shown that Benzodiazepine addictions are more prominent in the south, where they are more commonly prescribed. Of those hospitalized for a Benzodiazepine addiction in recent years, the most prominent group are men between 18-34 years of age.
Further statistical information for Benzodiazepine abuse is difficult to obtain since most people addicted to this drug are also abusing other controlled substances as well.
Benzodiazepine Detox for Happiness and Better Health
If you have tried without success to beat this addiction, you are not alone. Nearly everyone who goes ‘cold turkey’ on this psychoactive drug will fail. The assistance of an educated and caring team is required to beat the odds against a Benzodiazepine addiction.
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