Benzodiazepine Addiction Huntington Beach

Benzodiazepines, or “benzos”, are drugs that influence the area of the brain that manages relaxation. Commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include Halcion®, Ativan®, Klonopin®, Librium®, Restoril®, Serax®, Valium®, and Xanax®.

Benzodiazepine addiction becomes evident when the GABA receptors in the brain are activated. Constant abuse causes these receptors to be flooded and producing heavy feelings of relaxation. The body’s natural GABA production decreases and users do not experience relaxed feelings without taking benzodiazepine.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal is dangerous because they result in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification has risks, but it is important in order to achieve a full recovery. Clients are not advised to detox without seeking advice from a professional. The withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Aches
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain
  • Depersonalization
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Dysphoria
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Fatigue

The withdrawal period can last for a few days, although this depends on the individual and case. Longer acting benzodiazepine drugs may have acute withdrawal symptoms lasting for up to 60 days. Due to the difficult circumstances with benzodiazepine detox, Apollo Recovery recommends a consultation before undergoing any recovery period. To set up a consultation, please call (714) 594-7300.

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