Ultimately, the term “tranquilizer” is a bit confusing when you put it in context with popular culture. In modern films, television shows, and other forms of media, this term is used to refer to drugs that trigger sedation and knock a person out cold. In the 21st century, though, people do not tend to use the word “tranquilizer” in its proper context as a drug that induces tranquility, which does not exactly provide a clear picture for how these substances work. Back in 1953, though, scientists established the word “tranquilizer” as a description for how the rug resperine affected animals (although medical professionals would later classify this drug as a blood pressure medication and more of a relaxant). Nowadays, doctors prescribe these tranquilizers to people who are suffering from anxiety or (in severe cases) victims of mental disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Even more unnerving, these drugs have a potentially high rate for abuse and addiction that is difficult to overcome. Let’s take a closer look at the danger of abusing tranquilizers.
A Closer Look at Minor Tranquilizers
Whenever you think about a tranquilizer, you probably consider a drug that will calm your nerves or help you sleep better. In scientific terms, these substances are labeled as “anxiolytics,” which are specifically designed to alleviate stress and insomnia. Here is a closer look at their 5 classifications:
- Antidepressants: regulate serotonin to improve mood and relieve depression
- Barbiturates: used to treat anxiety and insomnia (only on rare occasions, due to high rates of abuse and addiction)
- Benzodiazepines: drugs that treat muscle spasms, anxiety, panic attacks, and alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Opioids: used to treat debilitating and/or chronic pain and used after surgical procedures
- Sympatholytics: anti-hypertensive medications that suppress PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Dangers in the Long-Run
Although the likelihood of abuse and addiction is cut in half if you follow directions from your doctor, all forms of tranquilizers listed here have a high potential for abuse and addiction. For example, opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin or benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are so common that people underestimate their power, ultimately resulting in addiction. Here is a closer look at the symptoms of tranquilizer misuse:
- Loss of memory
- Thoughts of suicide
- Paranoid behavior
- Severe agitation, confusion, and grogginess
- Slow or slurred speech
- Extreme exhaustion
Seeking Treatment for Tranquilizer Abuse or Addiction
Ultimately, tranquilizers can help some of the most severe behavioral and emotional problems, but, like any medication, you must never misuse them. Every one of the medications listed here has a high potential for abuse and addiction and can permanently damage your mind and body if you are not careful. Are you suffering from tranquilizer abuse or addiction? Do you have a friend who is coping with this severe illness? If so, touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will be ready to guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these substances.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can take the first steps toward beating your attachment to tranquilizers.