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Benzo Addiction & Abuse
All Benzodiazepine Labels Warn
If You Stop Taking the Drugs By Yourself:
- You can have seizures that can even lead to death.
- You will have withdrawal symptoms.
Long Term Use Of Benzodiazepines Can Lead To:
- Benzo addiction
- Benzo abuse
- Instances of amnesia
- Impaired cognitive ability
- Slowed response time
- Upsetting dreams
- Physical dependence (a person stopping benzodiazepines has withdrawal symptoms)
- Often given to treat symptoms and do not treat the actual cause
- Often ineffective
- Themselves creating unwanted symptoms
- Often creating painful and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms
- Often abused
- Often creating benzo dependence and even benzo addiction
One of our patients said:
“While at Novus, I have learned so much about myself and the drugs I was taking. The counselors are unbelievable. Everyone from the nurses to the kitchen staff. Everyone here treats you with the utmost respect and professionalism.
“I was blown away by everyone and everything. Here you are treated like a person and not a number.
“Everything here was better than I ever imagined. If you want your life back, this staff will help you in any and every way possible.”
What are Benzodiazepines?
- Classified as depressants
- Account for about one out of every five prescriptions for controlled substances
- Often called “benzos”
They are commonly prescribed to treat:
- Muscle spasms
- Alcohol withdrawal
SOME OF THE MORE COMMON BENZODIAZEPINES
COMMON BENZODIAZEPINE WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS:
Other less common symptoms include:
- Metallic taste sensation in the mouth
- Stiffness in the neck muscles
DOES BENZO DETOX HAVE TO BE PAINFUL?
NO, NOVUS MEDICAL DETOX CENTER CAN DESIGN A BENZO DETOX FOR YOU THAT WILL BE SAFE AND MORE COMFORTABLE.
“Without this medical detoxification process, I highly doubt I could have lived through getting off methadone and benzos. I was taking up to 400 mg of methadone on a daily basis along with 30 mg of Xanax or 10 mg of Klonopin. I felt completely and utterly hopeless and would consistently fall asleep or “nod off” with a cigarette in bed and wake up to large holes in my bedding and clothes. If the drugs wouldn’t have killed me in a year’s time, a fire would. I was damaged physically and financially, and nearly lost everything, including my two stores. When you are on drugs and you want to get clean, no matter how good your intentions, you need help. Novus not only gave me a clean start, not only gave me hope, it gave me my livelihood and family back.”
The long-term use of benzodiazepines can lead to physical dependence. If you decide to stop taking them, only a medical drug detox will help you avoid the withdrawal symptoms and the ugly alternative — a long and uncomfortable “weaning off” period that can last as long as six months or a year or more, complicated by even more prescription drugs which have side effects of their own.
Because it has similar effects to alcohol, benzos are abused by many people abusing other street drugs like heroin or prescription drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin or methadone.
Many people who abuse benzos begin to crave the drug for the feelings it gives them and become addicted.
BENZODIAZEPINES ARE NOT HARMLESS
Government studies show that a large percentage of drug-related emergency room visits involve benzos.
Like alcohol, using benzos impairs mental alertness and physical coordination and can dangerously compromise mechanical performance, such as automobile driving. Combining the use of benzos and alcohol can have fatal consequences. In addition, because of the effect created by benzos, a large percentage of people entering treatment for narcotic or cocaine addiction also report abusing benzos.
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