Benzodiazepine Withdrawal – Drug Guide | Victory Bay Recovery Center
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Benzodiazepine (Benzos) Rehab

Victory Bay Drug Guide

Benzodiazepines are commonly called “benzos” and 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 results in a sedated or relaxed state.

Some of the most common benzodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and 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 benzodiazepine treatment.

Benzodiazepine Abuse


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

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Dangers & Effects

Over time, users can develop a tolerance to benzodiazepines that requires a higher dose to achieve the same effects. This can easily lead to addiction and a variety of short-term and long-term benzodiazepine side effects that include:

Short-term effects include:

  • Confusion
  • Poor coordination
  • Impaired judgment
  • Irritability
  • Body aches and pains
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision

Long-term effects include:

  • Respiratory depression
  • 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, your brain cannot function properly and the benzodiazepine withdrawal effects can be severe. They include things like:

  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Increased heart rate
  • Mental issues like anxiety or depression

Treatment Option

At Victory Bay, we offer the best in benzodiazepine rehab. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a safe, comfortable area to begin your recovery process and end with a healthy body and mind. We tailor our benzodiazepine rehab programs to each individual and offer comprehensive care, medication, support, and more from our professional staff members. We want you to live the life you were meant to live and at Victory Bay, we can help you do it.