Charlotte Benzodiazepine Detox
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Labeled as Schedule IV drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, benzodiazepines are highly regulated by the U.S. government and are generally prescribed for short-term use only, as they have high potential to cause addiction. Also known as “benzos” or by street names including "tranks," "downers," and "bars," there’s also a black market for the drugs, which are typically used to treat mental disorders and ailments.
Freedom Detox treats all kinds of drug addictions, especially severe addictions to drugs like benzodiazepines, and can help you detox in a secure environment while being medically monitored by a certified staff. Withdrawal can be extremely difficult, but you can get through the process with our help and move on to lead an improved life.
How Do Benzos Affect the Brain?
Benzodiazepines work by binding with neurons called GABA receptors in order to slow overactive brain function, which relieves severe mental stress. The result is a euphoria or buzz, followed by sedation that many find appealing and end up depending on to live their daily lives.
While typically consumed in tablet form, some users crush and snort benzodiazepines to increase the desired high, which often leads to overdose symptoms including seizures and coma.
Common benzodiazepines include:
The drug is typically prescribed to treat anxiety, seizures, and muscle spasms, but when combined with other substances like alcohol, which many users do, it can slow breathing and lead to death.
Symptoms of Benzo Addiction
Common benzodiazepine addiction symptoms include:
- Blacking out
- Poor judgment
- Mood changes
- Impaired coordination
- Blurred vision
- Risky behaviors
- Asking others for medication or alcohol
If someone you love is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it may be wise to seek detox treatment. 38,329 deaths in the U.S. were caused by drug overdoses, with 60% of them involving prescription drugs (CDC, 2020).
Long-Term Effects & Withdrawal
There are many negative side effects of abusing benzodiazepines that aren’t worth the temporary buzz that one gets after using. Benzodiazepines are one of the hardest drugs to quit, though, because of the way they affect cognitive function.
Long-term effects include:
- Impaired concentration
- Impaired memory
- Loss of coordination
- Muscle stiffness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Permanent cognitive defects
The longer a person stays addicted to benzodiazepine, the worse withdrawal symptoms can be, as the drug recalibrates the brain’s neurological network so that eventually, without the drug, the brain won’t be able to function properly.
With the help of Freedom Detox, our team of medically-trained staff can help you or your loved one quit using and begin the healing process through detoxification.
Unfortunately, you can’t avoid withdrawals, as going through them is necessary to cleanse your system. The process includes symptoms that can last up to ten days like anxiety and panic attacks, headaches, heart palpitations, cravings, and hand tremors. Severe addiction can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms like seizures and suicidal ideation. This is why you need to detox in an environment that is controlled by doctors and nurses.
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