Benzodiazepines are a class of prescription drugs with a sedative effect, primarily used for the treatment of anxiety or insomnia. The most commonly known and used benzodiazepines are Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and Valium. More than 100 million prescriptions for these popular drugs were written in 2011 and In 2013 Xanax was the single most commonly prescribed drug in all classes.
Benzodiazepines are a quick-acting drug and they can be highly addictive. At least one study found that more than 40% of people using a benzodiazepine for more than 8 months experience some symptoms of withdrawal upon cessation of use. These withdrawal symptoms can cause an incredible amount of discomfort and may even be life-threatening in certain circumstances.
Common symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal include:
- Anxiety, panic, agitation, or irritability
- Headaches, muscle aches, and stiffness
- Poor concentration or sensory distortions
- Heart palpitations and high blood pressure
- Delirium or psychosis
Addiction is a progressive disease that will continue to get worse if left untreated. For the best chance of recovery, it is highly recommended that those struggling with substance addiction issues seek competent and professional treatment at the earliest opportunity.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive detoxification and residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be right for you.