What are Benzodiazepines?

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At Emerge Healing Center in Atlanta, we treat a range of drug addictions. Benzodiazepines are one of several that we see and treat each day. Also called, “benzos” or “blues,” Benzodiazepines act as depressants. This means they lower brain activity making the user feel more relaxed. Common types include Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin. They’re often prescribed to treat conditions like anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. 

When misused, which is often, these drugs can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death.

Using Benzodiazepines

More often than not, people who use Benzos are often getting them through legal methods with a prescription. However, once an addiction forms, they often acquire prescriptions through multiple doctors, forging prescriptions, or then buying them illegally. 

The most common type used includes Valium, Xanax, Halcion, and Klonopin. However, the two most commonly found on the illegal market are Clonazepam and Alprazolam. These pills are most likely taken orally or crushed to snort. Benzos are also often used in occurrence with other drugs, specifically opioids, to enhance the seemingly positive effects. 

Benzodiazepine Addiction

When taken against medical advice or abused, a person can become addicted to Benzodiazepines. With increased tolerance, individuals usually need more to feel the desired effects, which can lead to addiction and overdose.

Signs of a Benzodiazepine overdose include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness

However, knowing the signs of an addiction can help prevent overdose. If you or your loved ones are showing signs of a Benzo addiction, seeking treatment is the best option. 

Getting Help when Abusing Benzodiazepines 

If you or a loved one are struggling with a Benzodiazepine addiction, Emerge Healing Center would love to help you experience what recovery can look like. Contact our skilled addiction and mental health professionals at Emerge Healing Center to learn more about our treatment and program options.

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