What are benzodiazepines?

Benodiazapine addiction can be very dangerous. What are Benzodiazapine? Benzodiazepines, also known as “Benzos” are a class of agents that work on the central nervous system, acting selectively on gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A) receptors in the brain. It enhances response to the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, by opening GABA-activated chloride channels and allowing chloride ions to enter the neuron, making the neuron negatively charged and resistant to excitation.

All benzodiazepines are similar in pharmacological action but have different potency. Benzodiazepines are used as sedatives, hypnotics, anxiolytics, anticonvulsants and muscle relaxants.

These are some of the common benzodiazapines and sleeping pills, their generic names, and their common slang names.

  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Xanax (alprazolam), “Zani bars”, “Z-bar”, “Brick”, “Sticks”
  • Klonopin or Rivotril (clonazepam), “Pins”, “Klony’s”
  • Restoril (temazepam)
  • Rohypnol (flunitrazepam)
  • Dalmane (flurazepam)
  • Imovane (zopiclone)
  • Ambien (zoldipem)
  • Lunesta (eszopiclone)

Benzodiazapine Addiction

Research conducted at the University of Geneva indicates that benzodiazepine addiction creates physical changes in the body. Benzodiazepine addiction restrict certain functions in the brain, which allows dopamine to be released in large amounts. High dopamine levels cause feelings of pleasure and calmness. Continued use of benzodiazepines can affect changes in certain receptors in the brain and neural system, making the user more susceptible to drug-induced pleasure. As changes in the neural system continue, addiction may ultimately develop.

If your own body has been altered in a way that encourages continued use of benzodiazepines, it is not safe to try and beat your benzodiazepine addiction on your own. This is a battle of you against your body. This is where a benzodiazepine rehabilitation facility comes in. Revive Wellness and Detox will find you a rehab center that has staff members who are experienced in dealing with all aspects of benzodiazepine addiction. Benzodiazepine addiction is one of the most dangerous addictions to break and should not be done without a doctors supervision. Call today to learn more about how to safely break the benzodiazepine addiction cycle.

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Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction

  • The use of this medicine stops you from doing your regular work, home, or school duties. You may miss work or school, or get there late. Your performance at these activities may have decreased. You may also neglect your home or children.
  • You use this medicine when it is dangerous to use it. You drive a car or operate a machine when you are high or sleepy from the medicine.
  • You keep using this medicine even when you argue with your family and friends about your use.
  • Do you have a Benzo addiction?

1. Do I feel I need more of this drug than normal to achieve the same effects?

2. Am I missing work, activities, or school because I’m taking this drug in excess?

3. Do I have withdrawal symptoms when I try to stop this drug?

4. Do I get withdrawal symptoms when I have not taken the drug at a regular time or in a high dose?

  • If you answered yes to any of these question you may have a benzodiazepine addiction. Call today for help.

What are you risking with a benzodiazepine addiction?

  • Daytime sedation
  • Attention problems
  • Ataxia
  • Anxiety
  • Memory impairment
  • Depersonalization
  • Slowed psychomotor performance.
  • Increased risk of motor vehicle crash in.
  • Overdose
  • Death
  • Use of benzodiazepines and alcohol greatly increases the risk of adverse events and is a well-known cause of death, either by accident or intention.

Benzodiazapine Withdrawal

Benzodiazapine withdrawal is one of the most dangerous withdrawals. It is very important to detox in a certified detoxification center. With out doctor supervision, death can occur during a benzodiazapine withdrawal. Call now to find the right detox center for you. There are emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms, some of them are very dangerous.

Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Social isolation

Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Sweating
  • Racing heart
  • Palpitations
  • Muscle tension
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tremor
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Dangerous Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Seizures
  • strokes
  • Grand mal seizures
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)
  • Heart attacks in high risk patients

Benzodiazepine addiction requires a medically supervised detox can minimize your withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of dangerous complications. It is very important to be in a clinical detoxification center during this process. Call now to find the best detox center for you.

A Recovery Plan

First things first. Clear the cloud in your head at a detox or a detoxification center. If you are scared of withdrawal, don’t let it hold you back! We have many detoxification center that can help you withdrawal in the safest, most comfortable way. Remember the drug is not the problem, benzodiazepine addiction is the symptom. It is best to choose a drug treatment center to go to following drug detox to help you find the problem.

Revive Recovery can put you in a place with other people just like you so don’t have to go through this process alone. Revive Wellness and Detox will put you in a drug rehabilitation center that will help you heal your wounds and help to cope with your feelings in a healthy way.

When completing a drug treatment program, you should leave there with an after plan! Many people go into a halfway house following their rehabilitation. Call Revive Wellness and Detox Center, we offer a full continuum of care from Detoxification, treatment, intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), to halfway housing/ sober living and outpatient treatment.

Revive Wellness and Detox Center doesn’t only put you in detox, treatment, and sober living, we also help you get involved and active with an accountability group, church group, or a 12 step group. We don’t want to see you get caught up in the vicious addiction cycle. Our main goal is your success!

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