Today, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health issues that American’s face. With daily struggles of pressure, overloaded work schedules, family or personal life issues, and struggles with previously experienced traumas, anxiety disorders can be debilitating for most. And since anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, symptoms may vary from person to person.
Many may think that treatment for anxiety disorders is next to impossible and may turn to prescription medications to cope with these ongoing issues.
However, the problem with these benzo-based medications — such as Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Ativan — is their highly addictive nature and their inability to treat underlying causes for addiction. Estimates indicate that between 10 and 15 percent of prescribed patients will eventually develop an addiction to benzodiazepine.
And sadly, as the number of those suffering from anxiety disorders continues to rise, so do the number of those suffering from addictive substances meant to treat it. Overdoses from prescription medications like benzodiazepine, or benzo, are now more prevalent than ever and are as frightening as the current opiate and opioid epidemic.
In 2017, according to DrugAbuse.gov, benzodiazepine was involved in 11,537 overdose deaths in the United States. In Colorado, benzodiazepine accounted for nearly 23% of all 2017 dispensed prescription medications.
Finding a Colorado addiction treatment programs is vital to properly heal from Benzo abuse or dependency.
In addition, well-established and evidence-based centers and programs, like AspenRidge Recovery, take a dual diagnosis approach by not only treating addiction but also addressing underlying symptoms in mental health that ultimately help individuals cope with anxiety disorders.