Are Benzodiazepines Dangerous?
Benzodiazepines have become the most prescribed drugs in the United States. Doctors use them for a wide array of symptoms and illnesses. They were first introduced in the 1960’s and were prescribed to those suffering from anxiety disorders. As time went on, doctors began to realize they could also use them to treat a host of other symptoms, hence contributing to the $600 billion substance abuse problem America faces today.
Benzodiazepines, also know as “benzos,” refers to several different drugs including Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Librium. The drugs work by depressing a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system called GABA, which ultimately decreases a person’s inhibitions. They are mostly used to treat anxiety disorders, muscle spasms, and ironically, alcohol withdrawals.
While benzos can be beneficial if taken correctly, they are habit-forming depressants that can become highly addictive. Most people who are prescribed benzos have a chronic condition that won’t go away. Therefore, a person’s body is going to build a tolerance to the drugs, and the amount needed will be in constant increase. Valium and Xanax have some of the highest black market value. Many people who are addicted to them do not get them from a doctor. They can range from $3 to $6 per pill on the street. A person with a benzo addiction may require several to get high, making this a very expensive addiction.
Many people take benzos in combination with other substances, making it very dangerous. The most common concoction is with alcohol. Alcohol is also a central nervous system depressant, therefore the results of using both can cause an overdose. People claim to use them together because of the increased effects. However, using them together can cause kidney damage, liver damage, cardiovascular issues, and neurological issues, including the development of dementia. When alcohol and benzos are abused together for a long period of time, it can also cause mental illness such as depression, bi-polar disorder, or certain psychotic disorders.
Despite recent research showing its dangerous and potentially detrimental effects, benzodiazepines are continued to be prescribed by doctors across the nation. Pharmacological addiction is becoming more prevalent each year, causing families to be torn apart because of the disease.
Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit. For information, call us today: 888-743-0490