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Benzos Detox & Treatment

The Benzo Lie

Benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos,” possess sedative, hypnotic, and other muscle relaxant actions. They affect certain parts of your brain that are used to help you maintain your calm.

  • Benzos are absorbed quickly and go to the brain where it increases the actions of GABA, which is a substance that is very important to maintaining your well-being.
  • This creates a short-term effect of well-being and calmness.
  • But the more you uses it the more you need it to continue the effect.
  • When you become addicted to benzos, the body stops producing GABA and you become totally dependent on the drug.

Being addicted to benzos is dangerous. However, suddenly stopping use of the drug can readily lead to severe medical difficulties. It is vital that any attempt to withdraw from taking benzos be done in a proper medical detox center.


Benzos are a group of psychotropic drugs that are prescribed for:

  • Antianxiety agents
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Sedation


  • Ativan
  • Klonopin
  • Valium
  • Xanax


Benzos all work by affecting the GABA receptors in your brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that acts to calm you down. By stimulating the GABA, the drugs relax you. However, if taken for a longer period of time, the body quits producing GABA and a person becomes dependent on the benzos.

Unfortunately, benzos are often prescribed to treat symptoms that are caused by physiological conditions. These drugs do not treat the cause of the symptoms and, like anything that is not treated, the underlying condition becomes worse and the symptoms increase. This causes the person to take more drugs, which normally leads to additional problems from the side effects of the drugs.

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Like alcohol, someone who stops taking benzos can have severe medical problems. The most severe problem is a seizure that can lead to death. This is why it is very important to only attempt to stop taking benzos if you are under the care of a medical doctor or in a facility, like Novus Medical Detox Center, where you will have 24 hour medical supervision. Being in an inpatient facility is even more important if the benzo user has other medical conditions.


Once withdrawn from benzos, the person will likely feel some relief from the side effects created by the benzos. However, if untreated, the actual underlying condition that the benzo was attempting to prevent the person from feeling will heavily impact the person.

The treatment is to find a medical doctor who will diagnose and treat the actual cause of the physiological problem so that it will be handled permanently.

From One of Our Patients:

“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.”

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