Benzodiazepines, also commonly called “benzos,” are a class of psychoactive drugs that were discovered accidentally in 1955. They affect the central nervous system by enhancing the gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A) receptors in the brain. This therefore results in a sedated or relaxed state.
Some of the most common benzodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, as well as Ativan – all of which can relieve symptoms associated with anxiety, seizures, panic disorders, and alcohol withdrawal. However, their effects can be addicting and can easily lead to a need for a benzodiazepine addiction treatment center in South Jersey.
While some benzodiazepines are short-acting, others are long-acting, but no matter the length of “high,” the symptoms are generally the same and can lead to benzodiazepine addiction:
- An overall relaxed feeling
- Mild to moderate sense of euphoria
- Slower heart rate and breathing
Dangers & Effects
Over time, users can develop a tolerance to benzodiazepines that then requires a higher dose to achieve the same effects. This can easily lead to addiction as well as a variety of short-term and long-term benzodiazepine side effects that include:
Short-term effects include:
- Poor coordination
- Impaired judgment
- Body aches and pains
- Blurred vision
Long-term effects include:
- Respiratory depression
- Tremors or spasms
- Low blood pressure
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Blunted or numbed emotions
When you regularly use benzodiazepines, your brain becomes chemically dependent on the drug. This means if you abruptly stop using them, then your brain cannot function properly and the benzodiazepine withdrawal effects can be severe. For example, they include things like:
- Increased heart rate
- Mental issues like anxiety or depression
At Victory Bay Recovery Center, we offer the best in benzodiazepine rehab as well as aftercare. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a safe, comfortable area to begin your recovery process and also help you end up with a healthy body and mind. We tailor our outpatient substance abuse treatment programs to each individual and offer comprehensive care, medication, support, as well as more from our professional staff members. We want you to live the life you were meant to live and, of course, at Victory Bay, we can help you do it.