Benzo Addiction Signs
Benzo addiction is accompanied by several effects which are both psychological and physical. Benzo is psychoactive drugs that have a major enhancing effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter, known as Gamma Amino Butyric Acid or GABA in short. Some of the effects linked to the use of Benzo are.
- The user of these drugs experiences depression and disinhibition.
- Benzo is a drug that induces a sedative effect and is also a good muscle relaxants.
- Benzo also reduces motor co-ordination in the user which can lead to the user experiencing falls and getting injured.
- Tachycardia or slower than normal breathing can occur with Benzo use. If it becomes too pronounced, death could result from asphyxiation.
- For drivers who use these drugs, there is an increased risk of causing accidents due to the increased reaction times and poor coordination.
- Other side effects linked to these drugs include reduced appetite, nausea, confusion, blurred vision, depersonalization, euphoria and nightmares.
- Long term use of Benzo leads to a decrease in sex drive and lowered libido. Men in particular are at a high risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
- The drowsiness caused by these drugs can also lead to the driver falling asleep when driving with fatal consequences. The same case applies to machine operators.
Benzo Addiction Paradoxical Effects
These are effects that are the opposite of what is normally expected with Benzo use. The most common paradoxical effect linked to Benzo abuse is aggression. Other paradoxical effects include violence, irritability, impulsivity and suicidal tendencies. These effects are as a result of the disinhibition that occurs with Benzo use where the user loses control and engages in socially unacceptable behavior.
The rate of paradoxical behavior is, however, low in the general population and concerns around one percent (1%) of Benzo users. The risk of these effects is higher for recreational users of the drugs and for people with personality disorders or borderline personality disorders, patients who are taking high doses of the drugs and children. Patients on high doses of the drug in particular are at a high risk of developing these effects.
There are various signs and symptoms linked to short term Benzo use. The most common of these are cognitive defects. Memory problems are common among Benzo users. Anterograde amnesia is also very common with Benzo users. Another common side-effect of Benzo use is loss of visuospatial memory.
Frequent and long term users of these drugs also experience a lowered IQ, poor Visio motor coordination, poor verbal learning, and information processing defects and reduced concentration levels. These effects are even more pronounced in alcohol abusers and users of other drugs especially street drugs and hard drugs.
Long term users of Benzo experience a worsened state of mental and physical health. Although these problems do not occur in all Benzo users, recreational users are at a significantly higher risk of developing them than people who are on medical prescriptions. The long term user experiences a lowered libido and sex drive, difficulties in thinking constructively, an increase in anxiety and incidences of depression as well as an increase in social phobia.