We wish to express to you, the addict afflicted with addiction to Benzodiazapenes (Zanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Librum, etc.), our deepest concern and sympathy for the long road you will need to travel in seeking recovery for your addiction.
Benzodiazapene (or “Benzo”) addiction is exceptionally problematic because the prescription of such medications is often the first order of business in treating most every other chemical addiction. Generally speaking, Benzos are an excellent short-term detox medication, but they are also highly addictive. So what happens when you become addicted to the detox meds? Quite simply, you’re in for a very uncomfortable period of time.
First off, please do not attempt to reduce, taper or altogether stop this medication (or any medication, but especially benzos) without the proper supervision of a professional. This is not as widely known as it should be, but abruptly stopping benzodiazapenes can lead to seizures so severe that they are life threatening. If you are addicted to benzodiazapenes, you quite likely require a full medical detox.
These medications have gained such a prominent degree of abuse because while they are very addictive and withdrawal from them can actually kill you, they actually pose a relatively low overdose risk. Since they do have a very legitimate medical use they are scheduled relatively low on the federal schedule of drugs and doctors feel comfortable (probably too comfortable) in prescribing them.
As you have surely found, tolerance to benzos builds up very quickly and, over time, a heavy benzo user can tolerate obscene amounts of these medications. Often, it can even get to the point where the amount needed to produce the prior anti-anxiety and euphoric effects are greater than the amount the user can obtain. This is often when things get very dangerous, because commonly the user will then resort to combining benzos with other depressants like opiod pain medications, barbiturates, heroin or alcohol, which will all work in concert to potentiate one another. However, once you combine medications like this, the chance for overdose becomes extremely, extremely high, not to mention the only thing probably worse than benzodiazapene withdrawal is having to undergo it while withdrawing from another substances as well.
Much like those who are addicted to pain medications, quite often those who are addicted to benzodiazapenes have an underlying legitimate medical need for the medications; specifically, in the case of benzos, anxiety disorder. Please know that at Origins Recovery Centers we are fully trained to treat such individuals with co-occuring disorders so that we can effectively manage your anxiety in tandem with treating your benzo addiction.
Please be aware that just because you are a benzodiazapene addict and just because your particular brand of addiction happens to come in a pill bottle from a pharmacy, you are in no less danger than someone addicted to street drugs like heroin. In fact, in many ways your situation is even worse, which is precisely why you must take decisive action to remedy this problem
At Origins Recovery Centers we have established and tried and true clinical protocols in combatance of benzodiazapene addiction. Are you ready for us to help you? If so, call 1-844-U-GET-WELL (844-843-8935) anytime.
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