Understanding Benzodiazepines: Risks, Effects, and Recovery
Benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as “Benzos”, are a class of prescription drugs primarily used for treating anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and muscle relaxation. While they offer therapeutic benefits, prolonged or misuse can lead to dependency and addiction.
Common Types of Benzos Include:
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
Effects & Risks: When taken as prescribed, Benzos can provide relief from specific medical conditions. However, misuse can lead to side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, and even respiratory depression in severe cases. Over time, an increased dosage might be required to achieve the same effect, leading to a cycle of dependence.
The Impact of Benzo Abuse: In recent years, Benzo addiction has seen a surge, with many unaware of their dependency until they try to stop and experience withdrawal symptoms. These can range from insomnia and anxiety to more severe symptoms like seizures. AspenRidge recognizes the complexities of Benzo addiction and is dedicated to providing comprehensive care tailored to each individual’s needs.