Our Proven Treatment for Benzo Abuse in Indiana
Alcohol and Benzodiazepines are both sedative drugs. When used together, they can cause extreme intoxication. However, using them together is extremely dangerous and increases the risk of overdose and even death. Continued benzo and alcohol use leads to addiction and an inability to stop. If you are struggling with benzo or alcohol addiction, we have treatment programs that specialize in treating these addictions.
Benzodiazepines, AKA benzos, are a type of prescription medication. They have many legitimate medical uses such as treating anxiety, muscle spasms, panic disorders, seizures and to help deal with the effects of acute alcohol withdrawal.
Benzos may cause an adverse reaction if you are also taking other medications like antidepressants, beta-blockers, antihistamines or antipsychotic medications. Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Restoril are just a few of the top brand name prescription benzodiazepines prescribed by doctors.
Unfortunately, this class of drug is extremely habit-forming and can lead to addiction so they are only meant for short-term use of 2 to 4 weeks.
Benzo Side Effects and Addiction
Drug tolerance may develop with long-term use, requiring ever-increasing and more frequent doses to feel the same effects. Among elderly patients, there is also an increased risk of falls and fractures associated with their use.
Top benzo side effects include:
- Slower reaction times
- Balance problems
- Decreased or increased appetite
More serious side effects can occur such as fainting, respiratory depression, seizures, lowered blood pressure, increased or lower heart rate, loss of confidence or feeling cut off from your emotions .
Benzos are one of the most difficult drugs to recover from and various symptoms occur when you stop taking or try to lower the amount. Common withdrawal problems include stiffness, visual problems, anxiety, depression, nightmares, hallucinations and flu-like symptoms.
A regime of slowly tapering off your meds in a medically supervised detox program is the safest way to help manage withdrawal symptoms. Once stabilized, enrollment in a treatment program is the logical next step to recovery.
Lasting sobriety requires both short-term and long-term recovery goals. Call Indiana Center for Recovery to get started on a new way of life: 844-850-0064.
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