Benzodiazepines or "benzos" are class of psycho-active pharmaceutical drugs most commonly used in pill form.  There are countless varieties of benzodiazepine drugs used in medicine and psychiatry for various purposes including sedation, anesthesia, and anxiety.   Some of the more commonly abused benzodiazepines include:

-Xanax (alprazolam)     

-Klonopin (clonazepam)

-Valium (diazepam)

-Ativan (lorazepam)

Often times, the continuous use of benzo’s can alter the behavior of an individual and lead to a variety of mental and physical symptoms.  Some of these may include;

  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of balance
  • Visual impairment
  • Coordination problems
  • Sleep pattern disruption
  • Hostility/agitation
  • Rage

Benzos are among the highest prescribed medications in the United States and are also known to be highly addictive. Long-term and/or careless use of benzodiazepines can result in increased tolerance (requiring higher doses to obtain the desired pharmacologic results), and intense physical and psychological addiction.  Users may begin to feel anxiety and  panic even before their supply of drugs has run out. Social functioning is likely to be affected in various ways:

  • withdrawal from relationships/isolation
  • deceit with loved ones and health providers
  • employment performance issues/termination
  • legal issues resulting from illegal behavior 
  • shame/guilt/remorse

 

Coming off of benzodiazepines is not easy and attempting to go through this withdrawal without proper treatment can be dangerous.  Even with very a very slow tapering-off of the withdrawal can be a shock the user's brain and body sometimes resulting in seizures. The risk of seizure is accentuated when there has been long-term benzodiazepine use. Other withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Irritability/agitation
  • Concentration problems
  • Body aches
  • chronic insomnia 
  • Anxiety/Panic attacks
  • depression
  • extreme hypertension

Sheridan Gardens Detox specializes in helping individuals detox safely and comfortably from their benzodiazepine withdrawal.  We closely monitor and assess our patients throughout the process to make detoxicating safe and successful.  Further, we ensure that every individual is given a custom follow-up plan for continuing care and that options are provided for on-going recovery.