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Benzodiazepines (Benzos) Addiction
Benzodiazepines represent a class of drugs typically prescribed to treat insomnia and reduce panic attacks or anxiety. Though their efficiency in helping patients overcome their conditions is well known and proven, further analysis suggests that benzodiazepines can also be extremely addictive.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, benzodiazepines can be as addictive as opioids, cannabinoids, and other “club drugs.” As such, the agency advises caution when prescribing or taking them.
Some of the most common types of benzodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, or Ativan. These drugs give users a sense of calmness and relaxation, making them incredibly attractive. Benzodiazepines are also commonly used as substituents for opioid addiction, even though combining the two drugs can have severe side-effects as reported by the Center For Disease Control.
People can start to develop a tolerance to benzos after just six months of use. At least 44% of benzo users ultimately become addicted to the drug.
From insomnia to anxiety, depression or seizure, benzodiazepines can help treat and control a wide variety of mental conditions. However, if users are not careful, large doses of benzodiazepines and prolonged use can lead to addiction and abuse. The prevalence of benzodiazepines abuse in women is nearly double when compared to men.
Benzodiazepines can be an incredibly helpful type of anxiolytic and antidepressant medication that can induce sleep, sedation, and also prevent seizures. That is, of course, if patients follow doctor’s recommendations strictly.
But, because every dose induces high levels of dopamine in the brain that translates into pleasurable sensations, benzodiazepines also have a high risk of addiction. Short-term action benzodiazepines are more dangerous than long-term ones because they produce a high level of dopamine spike. (LINK CCR DRUG DETOX)
After repeating the use in large doses and for extended periods, the human body gets more used to the sensation and will crave for more. That is because the substance changes the way the neural synapses work and inhibits the part of the brain responsible for restraining influence.
Benzodiazepine addiction can lead to amnesia, nervousness, nightmares, and hostility. Over time, because the body lacks the substance and the dopamine levels are extremely low, users can no longer control their behavior. (LINK CCR DRUG DETOX)
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