What Is Benzo Addiction
Benzo (also known as benzodiazepines) is a term used to refer to a group of psychoactive drugs that have a chemical structure that includes a fused benzene and diazepine ring? Benzo drugs have a sedative effect on the user. There are many well-known drugs that are classified as benzodiazepines including diazepam, lorazepam, and alprazolam.
The most widely known drug in this group is Diazepam, also popularly known as Valium. These drugs are mostly used as sedatives to treat panic disorders and anxiety disorders. They are available as short term, medium term, and long term treatments. They are administered by taking them orally, intramuscularly, intravenously or rectally. The American Psychiatric Association does not recommend the use of Benzos for patients with symptoms of depression. This does not mean that benzodiazepines are not good or effective drugs.
They are highly effective when used for short periods of time and useful for relieving anxiety related conditions and anxiety attacks. For people who wish to withdraw slowly from benzodiazepines to avoid the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms associated with these drugs, there are a variety of slow withdrawal schedules available for each of the benzodiazepine drugs.
For patients who use medically recommended doses of this drug, it is possible to use it without the drug losing its efficacy or the patient developing tolerance for several years. If the drugs are used for periods exceeding four weeks, stopping it suddenly causes a variety of withdrawal symptoms and rebound anxiety to develop in the patient. Although Benzo is used in treating panic disorders, their use over a long period of time is strongly discouraged.
This is because they have a tendency to develop dependency and eventually addiction if they are used continuously for periods of more than 4 weeks. Patients who use them for long periods rapidly develop tolerance and physical dependence that means that once the user stops taking them, they develop withdrawal symptoms. Elderly people and people with liver cirrhosis do not metabolize the drug effectively and this is strongly discouraged for these groups to take these drugs.
Many people take benzodiazepines and other tranquilizers to help them cope with stressful situations such as a demanding job, too many financial commitments and so on. What these people do not realize is that after a prolonged period of taking these drugs, one often needs about two years to completely get rid of the dependency that they cause. So the question that you need to ask yourself is if you are ready to pay such a heavy price.
- Ativan (Lorazepam)
- Restoril (Temazepam)
- Rivotril (Clonazepam)
- Klonopin (Clonazepam)
- Xanax (Alprazolam)
- Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
- Ambien (Zolpidem)
- Imovane (Zopiclone)
- Dalmane (Flurazepam)
- Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam)
Tranquilizers and other sedatives are highly addictive drugs and benzodiazepines are no exception. Taking them for periods of longer than a few weeks is guaranteed to lead to dependency and withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them.