The dependence on prescription medications has grown to epidemic proportions in the modern society of today. Many people are not aware that some drugs are highly addictive even though they are prescribed by a medical profession.
The American Centers wants to help people understand the dangers of using, and becoming addicted to, the drugs Benzodiazepines. These drugs include Ambien, Valium, Zanax, Activan, and Klonopin, all of which are prescribed medications for the treatment of seizures and anxiety. It is very likely that a person can become addicted to any of these drugs in a matter of just two months.
Benzodiazepines are drugs that affect the brain. They increase the activity of the GABA chemical that slows down the brain activity causing an effect of drowsiness, and calmness. Larger doses are usually needed after a period of time in order for the person to achieve the therapeutic effect. The user will develop a dependency and cravings.
If they try to stop suddenly, they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms that could lead to death. Benzos will cause dopamine surges which cause changes to the neutral connectivity.
This results in the individual repeating an activity that the brain associates with pleasure. The brain cell will insist on the drug, and this get harder to ignore over time.
Benzos should not be the first treatment option, but if your physician prescribes them, a full discussion should be had that explains the side effects, and what to look for if tolerance and addiction increases.
There has been an increase in the number of individuals what continue to use Benzodiazepines. The drugs can cause cognitive impairment and memory loss.
People who have taken Benzos for anxiety for more than two months may have a misconception that the drugs did not work because they still experience anxiety after they try to stop the drug. Anxiety is also a withdrawal symptom of the drungs.
The American Addiction Centers provides a list of symptoms that may indicate an addiction to Benzodiazepines. The psychological and physical signs of addiction include blurred vision, slurred speech, weakness, drowsiness, impaired judgement or decision making, lack of coordination, difficulty breathing, and drowsiness.
This disorder from sedative abuse will generally have the individual seeking out the drug, and they will exhibit other than normal characteristic traits.
They may tend to withdraw from family and friends, show less attention to their personal hygiene and grooming, ask others for pills, perform poorly at work, or doctor shop for someone to prescribe more pills.
The Benzodiazepines are extremely addictive and dangerous. The treatment therapies by the American Addiction Centers include medical detox, intensive therapy, and ongoing after care. Call for help if this is a situation in your life.
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