Important Signs of Benzo Drug Abuse to Pay Attention To
Benzodiazepines are prescription sedative drugs, commonly prescribed for high levels of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, muscle cramps, and seizure deterrence. Although they have a calming effect, benzodiazepines, or benzos, can be extremely addictive if taken in higher doses and more times than originally prescribed. Benzos can be classified as minor tranquilizers, and it’s important to understand that they are prescribed for short-term use. Benzos can result in fatal overdoses. These drugs account for thousands of deaths each year. As providers of IOP treatment in Naples, we are sharing some important signs of benzo drug abuse and how to overcome an addiction to benzodiazepines.
Due to the natural proves of building a tolerance, many people will find themselves taking more and more benzos to achieve the desired feelings and reach their familiar high.
Clear physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of benzo drug abuse are:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Blurred vision
- Slowed reflexes
- Mood swings
- Hostile and erratic behavior
- Poor judgement and/or thinking
Some long-term effects of a benzo drug abuse include slurred speech, muscle weakness, and frequent disorientation. If you or a loved one is experiencing poor judgement, and decision-making abilities are lacking due to benzo abuse, there may be a serious dependency issue may be present.
Benzo Addiction Treatment
Although benzos may not seem like a dangerous drug because they’re prescribed by a doctor, they’re life-threatening. The best way to overcome a benzo addiction is to seek a professional treatment center that includes medically monitored detox combined with individualized care. A customized treatment program including unique therapy methods allow individuals to heal and begin a successful recovery. If you or a loved one is dependent on benzos and is having trouble with their addiction, the professionals at Cypress West IOP are here to help you. With the right help, every kind of recovery is possible.
Casey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Addictions Professional (CAP). Casey has completed focused course work on the physiological aspects of drug addiction and human psychology, as well as received extensive training on the treatment of co-occurring disorders.