BENZODIAZEPINE ADDICTION

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs with pronounced sedative, hypnotic, muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety properties, which are among the most commonly prescribed medicines worldwide and include some of the most famous medicine brands on the market. Alongside their medicinal uses, they are commonly used (and abused) recreationally thanks to their pleasurable euphoric and sedative effects and are highly addictive.

Benzodiazepines produce a sense of euphoria and well-being, and physically pleasurable sensations of relaxation, when consumed; however alongside these sought-after effects there are a number of less desirable consequences of their use including motor skill impairment and drowsiness, both of which can lead to accidents (for this reason driving whilst under the influence of benzodiazepines is strongly advised against). Over the long term, the abuse of benzodiazepines can have severely detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental health

TREATMENT

Medical detoxification from benzodiazepine generally involves the process of tapering down from the substance. Tapering down involves reducing the general dosage of the drug or prescribing a less effective benzodiazepine. This method of detox is taken into consideration depending on the severity of the addiction and the type of drug consumed.

Benzodiazepines used during the detox process may include Diazepam (Valium) or Clonazepam (Klonopin). Due to their long-acting and less effective nature compared to other Benzos, these drugs are used for medical detoxification. While the individual reduces his/her dosage, these drugs keep withdrawal symptoms at bay.

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