Take Your First Steps Toward Recovery with October Road
Anyone can become addicted to benzodiazepines, or “benzos.” These drugs are prescribed for a variety of reasons and can cause a physical dependency in as little as 4 weeks. Benzos are frequently prescribed for anxiety, and if your use is not closely monitored, you can easily fall prey to the drugs’ hypnotic sedative effects. Not only do benzodiazepines alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, but they also create feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Sadly, these pleasant feelings can ultimately yield to unpleasant side effects and serious consequences in your brain, body, and life.
If your use of benzos has gotten out of control and you are ready to get help, October Road is here for you. Our convenient location on Queens Road in Charlotte, North Carolina has numerous schedules for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care.
Call us at (888) 201-5086 today to discuss your treatment options.
How Do Benzos Work?
Benzodiazepines are extremely effective for treating anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and even alcohol withdrawal. They work by raising the level of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA, in the brain. With more GABA, your brain and body feel calmer, and if you are struggling with anxiety or a similar ailment, much more comfortable.
Due to these pleasant feelings, many people begin taking more doses than necessary and even using when they do not feel anxious or uncomfortable at all. Over time, your body and mind will begin to depend on the drug, which means you will need more medication to feel its effects and you may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking benzos.
Common benzodiazepines include:
- Xanax® (alprazolam)
- Valium® (diazepam)
- Klonopin® (clonazepam)
- Ativan® (lorazepam)
- Librium® (chlordiazepoxide)
- Restoril® (temazepam)
- Halcion® (triazolam)
Side effects of of benzodiazepines:
- Slurred speech
All of the drugs above can be addictive, especially when you use them incorrectly. People who abuse benzos sometimes take them with alcohol and/or opioids. Combining sedatives, or “downers,” is very dangerous as the drugs have similar effects on the body. Benzodiazepines were tied to 30% of opioid overdoses in 2018.
Getting treatment could be the difference between life and death. Our committed, compassionate team is here to help you get clean.
How Do I Know If I Have a Problem?
Because benzodiazepines are so addictive, doctors usually do not prescribe them for long periods of time, and they typically do not prescribe them alone. Using benzos as directed and in combination with therapy and other treatments usually will not lead to an addiction.
On the other hand, if you find yourself taking higher and higher doses, refilling your prescription too often, and visiting multiple doctors to keep the drugs coming in, you may be headed toward a benzodiazepine addiction.
Signs and symptoms of benzo addiction may include:
- Using more and more benzos
- Keeping a “stockpile” of the drug so you do not run out
- Building tolerance (needing more drugs to get “high”)
- Avoiding social obligations and responsibilities to use benzos
- Engaging in risky behaviors (driving, unprotected sex) while under the influence
- Continuing to use benzos despite negative consequences
- Feeling like you cannot function without benzos
- Being unable to stop or cut back on your benzo use
Long-term and/or excessive use of benzodiazepines can also result in physical symptoms, like blurred vision and slurred speech. In severe cases, those struggling with benzo addictions can become prone to self-harm and suicidal tendencies – and even suffer psychosis and convulsions.
A common myth about recovery is that you have to be at “rock bottom” to get help.
Don’t wait until your benzodiazepine addiction is crippling; admit yourself to treatment if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed above.
Why October Road?
We founded our addiction treatment center in 2006 when we saw the growing need for high quality, consumer-driven recovery services. Our team has always believed in people’s potential to grow and create positive change, and our mission is to help you do exactly that.
When you call us for help, our entire team is at your service. A masters-level clinician will complete a Comprehensive Care Assessment and then we will build a unique program that works for you.
Instead of becoming one more case at a big facility, call October Road at
(888) 201-5086 and experience the personalized support of our highly trained staff and
a treatment program tailored to you, specifically. You can also get started by contacting us online