Benzodiazepine Detox Program
Benzodiazepines (more commonly known as “benzos”) are a group of addictive pharmaceutical medications. Benzodiazepines have become exceedingly common, and are typically used to treat conditions related to anxiety. The most commonly abused benzodiazepines are Klonopin, Xanax, and Ativan, amongst a variety of others. They may be considered minor tranquilizers, but they are among the most addictive drugs in America and can present a wide range of serious issues to those that abuse them.
According to a 2013 report conducted by researchers at Psych Central (PC), the most prescribed drug in America is Xanax. Ativan is the 5th most prescribed medication, and Valium is the 9th most prescribed. Just because a drug is prescribed in great amounts, it is not necessarily safe. In fact, the majority of those struggling with benzodiazepine addiction originally obtained the drugs from a friend or close relative. Prescriptions that are not properly stored or disposed of can be easily found, taken, and abused.
We at Chapel Hill Detox have ample experience dealing with the symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal. Our team of experienced professionals will take every necessary step to ensure that your withdrawal symptoms are as mild and manageable as possible.
Benzodiazepines Abuse – Symptoms and Risks
Like other legal pharmaceutical medications, benzodiazepines are initially prescribed by medical experts to alleviate the symptoms of preexisting medical conditions. However, when these drugs are abused, individuals are likely to develop a physical and mental dependence. Some of the signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse include:
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty breathing
- Confusion and dizziness
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Decreased coordination
The FDA recently reported that approximately 50 million Xanax prescriptions were written in the USA alone. 28 million Ativan prescriptions, 27 million Klonopin prescriptions, 15 million Valium prescriptions, and 9 million Restoril prescriptions were also written. Of course, the greater the number of prescriptions, the higher the potential rates of abuse. Within the past several years alone, benzodiazepine abuse and addiction have become more prevalent than ever before.
According to a report on the Journal of Family Practice, benzodiazepine abuse-related deaths rose five times from 1999 to 2009. This specific drug can greatly affect blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing rate. Some other risks of benzodiazepine misuse include:
- Muscle stiffness
- Extreme confusion and agitation
- Loss of consciousness
Those who have been abusing benzodiazepines for an extended period of time will likely experience a host of unpleasant (and potentially dangerous) withdrawal symptoms. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Abnormal sweating
- Loss of appetite
Our Team of Medical Specialists
We at Chapel Hill Detox are available to help you begin your journey of recovery. The first step in any recovery journey is freeing your body and mind of chemical substances. Attempting to detox at home can be dangerous, and almost always results in a return to use. In order to begin living a fulfilling and meaningful life free from substance abuse, attending a professional detox program is a necessary first step. Our state-of-the-art facility and unparalleled professionalism make us one of the leading detox programs in the nation. We pride ourselves on treating each of our clients with respect and dignity, and on forging relationships that will last a lifetime.