Memphis Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepine Misuse, Abuse & Addiction

Benzodiazepine abuse has been a major problem in the United States for decades. This is partly due to how easily accessible prescription benzodiazepines used to be, as well as the fact that doctors heavily overprescribed benzodiazepines for many years. Still, today, benzodiazepine abuse and addiction remain a serious issue for millions of Americans.

If you or someone you love is struggling with benzodiazepine misuse, abuse, or addiction, know that there is hope. At Grace Land Recovery, we offer comprehensive benzodiazepine addiction treatment in Memphis and the Greater Memphis Area. With a personalized, whole-person approach, including dual-diagnosis treatment, our team specializes in treating addiction from the inside out.

Call us today at (901) 519-2655 or contact us online to learn more.

We Believe in Treating the Individual, Not Just the Addiction

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are manmade prescription medications that slow the central nervous system. As a result, benzodiazepines have a sedative, relaxing effect on the brain and body.

Due to the sedative effects of benzodiazepines, many medical professionals refer to benzodiazepines as tranquilizers. The sedative effects of benzodiazepines are also the reason why doctors prescribe them to patients to treat disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, and seizures.

Some doctors even use benzodiazepines to help treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This is because some of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms include disorders that benzos normally help treat, such as insomnia and seizures. Examples of well-known benzos are Valium and Xanax.

Examples of Benzo Misuse & Abuse

Benzodiazepine misuse or abuse occurs any time a person takes benzos in any way other than prescribed. For example, someone who takes more than the prescribed amount or takes benzos for longer than recommended by a doctor is misusing these medications. Someone who takes another person’s medication, regardless of the reason, is abusing benzodiazepines.

Many people misuse or abuse benzodiazepines in an effort to experience their effects more quickly or for longer periods of time. For example, someone who is taking benzodiazepines for insomnia may feel that their medication is not working fast enough to help them fall asleep. As a result, they may take more pills at one time, even if this is not what the doctor has prescribed. Continuing to take more benzos than what is prescribed can cause someone to develop an increased tolerance for the drug, which can quickly lead to dependency and addiction.

Another common way of benzo abuse is by taking the prescribed medications for a longer period of time than they’re supposed to. For example, someone who suffers from anxiety may continue to take prescription benzos even after their prescription runs out. An individual may still feel the effects of anxiety even though their doctor has determined that they are well enough to proceed without medication. In an effort to cope with these symptoms, the person may seek out new prescriptions from other doctors or resort to buying or stealing others’ prescription medications.

Other individuals abuse benzodiazepines because they like the euphoric and sedative effects. These are the people that intentionally abuse benzos.

Types of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are classified based on how long their effects last:

  • Ultra-Short Acting: Versed and Halcion are examples of ultra-short acting benzodiazepines
  • Short-Acting: Xanax and Ativan are examples of short-acting benzodiazepines
  • Long-Acting: Librium and Valium are examples of long-acting benzodiazepines

Short-acting benzodiazepines, like Xanax and Valium, are more likely to be abused, as are those prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders. Valium, Ativan, and Xanax are frequently abused or used recreationally, partly due to their affordability and availability.

What Effects Do Benzos Have on the Brain & Body?

Long-term benzo abuse causes brain damage. People who abuse benzos over a long period of time may even find themselves losing motor and muscle control. Chronic benzo abuse also often leads to benzo addiction.

Benzo abuse on its own rarely causes people to overdose. Still, when mixed with other substances, such as alcohol, benzos can cause an overdose or even death. Both alcohol and benzodiazepines are sedative substances; using them together can slow the body’s system down to the point of death.

Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Someone who is dependent on or addicted to benzodiazepines may experience:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing

If you believe someone else may be abusing or addicted to benzos, look for the following signs:

  • Criminal behavior
  • Work and school problems
  • Difficulties with relationships at home
  • Inability to handle basic responsibilities like paying bills
  • Obsession with trying to secure benzos or the money to buy benzos
  • Increased secretiveness and lying, especially regarding medication use

What Are the Signs of Benzodiazepine Overdose?

While benzo overdose is very unlikely on its own, when benzodiazepines are mixed with other substances, overdose is very much possible. For that reason, it might benefit you to recognize the signs of a benzo overdose.

The signs of benzo overdose include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Loss of motor function
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Lips and fingernails turning blue
  • A profoundly altered mental state

Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms

It is not recommended that someone with a benzodiazepine dependency or addiction suddenly stop taking the drug. Severe withdrawal symptoms can not only be painful and unpleasant, but they can also be potentially life-threatening.

Some symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal include:

  • Seizures
  • Sleeping issues
  • Breathing problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abnormal sensations
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Problems with blood pressure and heart rate

Since benzo withdrawal symptoms can pose problems to an individual’s overall health, anyone who decides to stop using substances should attend medical detox. When attending medical detox for benzo addiction, physicians and medical staff will be there to guide you through the detox process. Also, if you experience severe withdrawal symptoms while medically detoxing from benzos, physicians can prescribe medications to help you manage your withdrawal symptoms.

Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

After completing detox, you must attend benzo addiction treatment. During benzo addiction treatment, you’ll receive various forms of individual and group therapy. It’s also during this time that you’ll discover what your benzo addiction triggers are. You’ll even learn proper coping mechanisms to deal with your addiction triggers while in rehab.

Forms of therapy that you’ll likely experience during benzo addiction treatment include:

At Grace Land Recovery, we offer an integrated approach that is focused on whole-person healing. Our Memphis benzodiazepine addiction treatment services are designed to help you develop the tools you need to manage cravings, avoid triggers, and prevent relapse. We also help individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders learn how to cope with these conditions in a healthy and meaningful way.

Healing Is Possible. Call Grace Land Recovery Today

Whether you are just beginning to feel like you may have a problem with your benzodiazepine use, or you suspect that your loved one is abusing or addicted to benzos, know that it is never too early or too late to seek help. Getting started can feel overwhelming, but our team at Grace Land Recovery is here to help you every step of the way. When you get in touch with us, we can walk you through our intake process and provide the information you need to make empowered decisions about your health, your future, and your life.

Our phones are answered 24/7, and we are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. At Grace Land Recovery, we accept most major private insurance providers as part of our goal to make high-quality addiction treatment and mental health services accessible to all.

Call us today at (901) 519-2655 or contact us online to learn more.

Find Your Recovery

Our mission is to help individuals achieve sobriety by getting to the root of their addiction issues. We also aim to treat the minds, bodies, and souls of our patients.

Don't Fight This Battle Alone Get the Help You Need & Deserve