What are Benzos?
Benzodiazepines are a type of prescription tranquilizer most commonly used to treat moderate or severe anxiety disorders, insomnia, seizure disorders and the more severe symptoms associated with acute alcohol withdrawal. Some common brand name benzodiazepines include Valium, Xanax and Klonopin — all of which are among the most frequently prescribed medications in the U.S. If a person takes a benzodiazepine other than prescribed for an extended period of time, he or she eventually builds a tolerance. This means that a higher dosage of the medication becomes required in order to achieve the desired effect.Once tolerance develops the person who has been taking the medication often increases the dose without physician approval, which eventually leads to physical and psychological dependence. The symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal can result in life-threatening complications when not adequately addressed.
If you or someone you love has been abusing a benzodiazepine of any kind, medically monitored detox should be the first step. At Guardian Recovery Center we offer a comprehensive and highly individualized program of benzodiazepine addiction recovery, which begins with a short-term stay in one of our medical detox centers, which specialize in Benzo detox.
Facts About Benzo Abuse
Benzodiazepines can be broken down into three distinct categories:
- Ultra-short acting – Ultra-short acting benzos include Halcion and Versed.
- Short-acting – Short-acting benzos include Xanax and Ativan.
- Long-acting – Long-acting benzos include Librium, Klonopin and Valium.
All benzodiazepines are habit-forming, and can result in a range of serious personal consequences when abused. Because prescription rates are so high, rates of abuse and dependence have been increasing over the course of the past several years.