Benzodiazepines are man-made drugs that help treat symptoms such as inability to sleep, racing thoughts, unusual talkativeness, panic, and agitation. These drugs increase the production of a neurotransmitter in the brain, in which a person is likely to experience greater feelings of calm and relaxation. Examples of these benzodiazepines include Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Ativan. Unfortunately, all drugs in this class are highly addictive and consistent use can lead to dependency if it’s not watched closely. Once physical dependence has been established, a detox process is necessary to stop benzodiazepine use. Specific withdrawal symptoms experienced are greatly dependent upon the detoxing individual’s age, sex, weight, drug history and more. Most people would say that detoxing from benzodiazepines isn’t the most pleasurable thing on Earth, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
When a person undergoes detoxification from drugs and/or alcohol, they’re essentially ridding their body of all the toxins that built up over the course of the addiction. There are a lot of side effects associated with detox from benzodiazepines, including anxiety, clouded vision, difficulty concentrating, hallucinations, short-term memory impairment, twitching, and drug cravings.
Previous studies have explored the way that detoxification from benzodiazepines is typically experienced, and they’ve found the following common themes:
- Regret – many people tend to regret taking this drug, especially if the severity “got away” from them over time
- Mental Illness – some individuals may feel “down” or “anxious” as their body detoxes
- Alienation – dissociation can occur for people, especially since extended use can result in feeling as though they haven’t really been present
- Physical distress – feeling weak, chills, body aches and pains, and heightened sensitivity is common among those withdrawing from benzodiazepines
- Anger – often, people tend to feel upset with their physician for not warning them of the dangerous side effects of benzodiazepines – ultimately becoming angry with themselves for following the path of addiction in the first place
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Detox is rarely easy, but it is always worth it. Living a life free from addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is possible. At Avalon Malibu, we are committed to supporting you as you take your first steps towards a healthier, happier life. It’s never too late to make a change. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse, call us today for a consultation at 844-857-5992.