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Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are a prescription drug used to treat both mental and physical conditions such as anxiety and panic attacks, seizures, insomnia, general anesthesia, depression, muscle relaxation, nausea and vomiting, sedation before surgery and alcohol withdrawal.

There are three categories of benzos: short-acting, which last up to 12 hours, intermediate-acting, which lasts up to 40 hours and long-acting, that last up to 250 hours. Studies show that almost all benzo addictions occur with the intermediate-acting benzos.

Benzos work with the neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, to slow and calm the activity of the nerves in the brain. Common forms of benzos include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin and Ativan, which are safe when taken as prescribed but can be fatal when mixed with other stimulants, such as alcohol, opioids, or muscle relaxants. Mixing benzos can also cause slowed or stopped breathing and heartbeat as well as liver and kidney problems. Benzos can decrease reaction time, alertness, attention span, judgment, decision-making skills, hand-eye coordination and cognitive ability as well as increase tiredness and sluggishness.

Even when benzos are taken as prescribed, withdrawal symptoms may occur, such as agitation, insomnia, seizures, muscle cramps and vomiting. Do not stop taking benzos abruptly; they should be tapered off slowly. Research suggests detox, addiction rehab and aftercare treatment are useful in the rehabilitation and recovery from benzos.

When benzos are stopped abruptly, the body can go into shock and shut down. Even when they are slowly detoxed from the body, patients can experience dreadful withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Fearfulness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Agitation
  • Depersonalization
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Derealization
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Delirium

Sprout Health Arizona offers a wide variety of therapies once the detox process is done. Our Cognitive Behavioral therapy is extremely effective for patients to acknowledge their issues and find solutions. It teaches them to understand their maladaptive behaviors and change their ways through coping mechanisms. Our experiential therapies significantly increase the chance at a successful recovery by allowing our patients to focus on their minds, reflect on their past and find ways to manage their own anxieties. We understand that everyone is different; therefore, each of our treatment programs are highly individualized to meet our patient’s unique needs.

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