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3 Signs of Benzo Abuse

Benzodiazepines are a minor tranquilizer that is very popular in treating anxiety and depression with a high risk of abuse and potential for overdose and death. The signs of benzo abuse vary between each person and will depend on the length of abuse and amounts taken. A benzo addiction treatment program gives men and women a chance to break their addiction and find healthy ways to cope with the feelings or events that led to the addiction.

At Promises Behavioral Health, we give our clients a real chance at getting control of their lives through our residential and outpatient addiction treatment programs. When you arrive at our facility, our staff will perform a complete evaluation to determine which treatment program is right for your individual symptoms. They will go over the entire process and answer any questions you have to prepare you for your recovery experience. Call 844.875.5609 or fill out our contact form today to learn all of the benefits of our benzo addiction treatment program.

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines, or benzos for short, are a class of psychoactive drugs that are useful in treating depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It is the active ingredient in brand-name drugs such as Valium, Librium, and Xanax and comes with serious psychological and physical side effects. Clients who take benzos as prescribed are still at risk of addiction and should not take benzos over a long period of time. The recommended amount of time for taking benzos is no longer than a few weeks. 

The common side effects of taking benzodiazepines over an extended period of time include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Mood changes
  • Muscle weakness

At Promises Behavioral Health, we know how to recognize the signs of benzo abuse and help our clients safely get through the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. We offer detox and residential treatment for clients with severe addictions to begin their recovery process. 

3 Signs of Benzo Abuse

Recognizing the signs of benzo addiction can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. People will go to great lengths to hide their abuse from friends and family. They are more likely to try and stop alone, which can lead to relapse and overdose if they are not careful. 

Here are three signs of benzo addiction that you can look for if you suspect a friend or loved one is abusing benzodiazepines:

  1. Having multiple prescriptions – Clients who abuse benzos will build up a tolerance and require more drugs to feel the same effects. They may find another doctor to prescribe more medications in order to take more without running out. They may also buy or steal prescriptions from friends or other people. 
  2. Combining benzodiazepines with other substances – Clients may begin to take other drugs along with their benzo prescription to feel a bigger high. Alcohol and cannabis are commonly mixed with benzos to produce a more intense high. 
  3. Behavioral changes – Addiction changes a person mentally and physically. If a person uses benzos for more than the recommended time or takes more than prescribed, they will form a strong dependence and addiction. This can lead to behavioral changes such as lying, stealing, or violent behavior in some clients.

Choose Promises Behavioral Health for Our Benzo Addiction Treatment Program

At Promises Behavioral Health, we provide compassionate and effective care for men and women struggling with an addiction to benzodiazepines or other substances. Clients will participate in a variety of behavioral, medical, and holistic therapies for a well-rounded treatment experience. We offer a full range of addiction treatment programs that include:

  • Drug and alcohol detox
  • Residential treatment program
  • Outpatient treatment program
  • Separate men’s and women’s drug rehab
  • Co-occurring disorder treatment
  • 12-step and non-12-step therapy
  • Drug rehab for professionals

Now is the perfect time to turn your life around for the better. Call 844.875.5609 or fill out our online form today to let us help you start your recovery journey.

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