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a doctor talking to her patient about benzo addiction treatment programOur substance abuse treatment center at Las Vegas Recovery Center offers a variety of drug and alcohol treatment. Among them is our benzo addiction treatment program designed to help individuals who have become addicted to prescription medications.

What are Benzos?

dddBenzodiazepines or benzos are synthetic medications prescribed by doctors to alleviate anxiety. Some of the most common brand names for benzos include Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin. These medications slow down or depress the central nervous system. Thus, they are a very dangerous drug to mix with other depressants like alcohol or opiates. Doing so can lead to an individual’s breathing or heart to stop.

While primarily associated with dealing with anxiety disorders, they are used to treat:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Status epilepticus (seizures)
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Panic disorders

In some instances, doctors may use benzos to calm a patient before or during surgery. Benzos can be a powerful sedative. As such, it can have several side effects such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Changes in appetite or sleep

It is also common for some individuals to experience memory issues, confusion, and drowsiness from using the medication.

Because benzos are used to manage anxiety, they have a direct effect not just on the body but also on an individual’s mental state. Sometimes individuals develop a psychological and physical addiction to the benzos they are prescribed. When this occurs, individuals are in danger of severely damaging their health and need professional support from a benzo addiction treatment program.

A Benzo Addiction Treatment Program

Benzos work by slowing down activity in the brain and throughout the central nervous system. The desired effect is to diffuse stress and reduce the emotional impact of anxiety. When someone has an anxiety disorder, benzos can be prescribed to help them relax. However, they can cause euphoric sensations if abused and lead individuals to develop not just physical addiction but also a mental dependency upon them. This is why it’s important to enter into a benzo addiction treatment program as soon as possible should you or a loved one begin to abuse this substance.

Learning to recognize when someone has a benzo addiction is key in finding the necessary support to heal. Addiction is a disease, and for individuals to heal properly from it, they need professional support. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of benzo addiction include:

  • Using more of the medication than prescribed
  • Spending the majority of your time and money using or acquiring them
  • Needing to use a stronger dose or more frequently to get the effect desired
  • Being unable to meet work goals, school responsibilities, or family obligations due to using benzos

When individuals develop a dependence on benzos or any substance, their brain chemistry is altered. This causes them to need to keep using the drug to function normally and prevent painful withdrawal symptoms. Some common benzo withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Shakes and tremors
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders

Las Vegas Recovery Center

Our facility is well away from the Las Vegas strip set in a lovely residential neighborhood against the backdrop of the Red Rock Mountains. Private and comfortable, our clients at Las Vegas Recovery Center feel at ease when entering our programs to treat drug and alcohol addiction. We offer a range of treatment options that individuals can move through progressively or join upon initial assessment if it fits their needs better. For example, we offer programs such as:

Whether you or a loved one need benzo addiction treatment, alcohol addiction treatment, opiate addiction treatment, or treatment for some other drug, Las Vegas Recovery Center can meet your needs. Reach out to us today by calling 833.740.0656.