Benzos: The Common Dangers of a Common Drug

Why Are Benzodiazepines Prescribed?

Benzodiazepines can be useful for those with panic disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, insomnia, and even, in some cases, alcohol withdrawal. They are best prescribed by doctors when they believe that the patient’s need for them outweighs the possible risk of addiction, overdose, or abuse. Xanax is one of most popular and well-known of these types of benzos, but other varieties include Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, Librium, ProSom, Halcion and Versed.

Doctors typically recommend that benzos either be used only occasionally, as in the case of patients who take Xanax when facing a panic attack, or for short-term courses, as when easing symptoms from alcohol withdrawal. The longer benzos are used, the greater the risk. Even prescribed doses, when taken for a year or longer can cause serious withdrawal problems.

Signs and Treatment

Once someone has developed a dependency on benzos, avoiding withdrawal symptoms may start to be their biggest daily motivation. Some of the signs that someone you know may be addicted to benzos are…

  • You find multiple pill bottles from multiple doctors.
  • You find bags with pills or someone else’s prescription bottles.
  • The person seems strangely detached. Loses interested in things that were once important to them.
  • The person withdraws from family events and social interactions.
  • The person shows increased hostility, and may even act out violently.
  • The person may show withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, dizziness, hallucinations, insomnia, and irritability.

At The Meadows’ programs, we specialize in providing intensive, highly-individualize treatment for complex and cascading disorders.If you or someone you know needs help, give us a call today at 800–244–4949 or contact us online.