An estimated 2.1 million Americans aged 12 or older abused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives including benzos within the last month, according to the latest national addiction survey. Benzodiazepine abuse has been rapidly rising over the past few years and is a common substance mixed in with poly-drug users.
Benzos have a very high potential for abuse, regardless of their reported medical use. There are very dangerous withdrawal effects from benzodiazepines once someone has become dependent on them. These withdrawl symptoms can include having a siezure and a delayed withdrawal effect of losing touch with reality in a sort of psychotic break.
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Types of Benzos
Some benzodiazepines are commonly used for different reasons.
Librium and Ativan are often prescribed on a short-term basis (only a few days) when someone is detoxing off of severe alcohol dependence.
Valium has been around for decades and was a very popular prescription drug as far back as the '80s. Despite any reported therapeutic effects it is still very much a highly abused substance.
Klonopin is an anti-anxiety drug that seems to be newer on the market but is quickly rising to take its place among the most abused prescription drugs other than painkillers. Kolonopin pills are very distintcly recognizeable by their letter "K" stamp through the pill.
Xanax is probably the most abused of these drugs and is widely available. It is prescribed for a wide variety of sympotms, including anxiety, and is readily found on the streets. Xanax and these other benzos can sometimes be among the most dangerous drugs to become dependent on or addicted to because of their lingering after-effects, potentially deadly withdrawal symptoms and personality change.
Regardless of how or why someone became addicted to one of these drugs or any other form of benzodiazepine, we can help find permanent solutions for recovery through effective detox and rehab centers.