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Knowing the Signs of Benzo Abuse

a person dumps pills into their hand possibly struggling with benzo abuse

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are one of the most commonly abused substances. Part of the reason is that benzos have been over-prescribed.
Doctors often prescribe them to individuals with anxiety, acute depression, panic attacks, or other mental health conditions. Benzos are intended for short-term use but are habit-forming, a habit that can lead to abuse and addiction.

At DetoxLA, we know the impact of benzo abuse on patients and their families. We do not judge patients for their choices. We are here to help. Our benzo detox center in Los Angeles offers luxury amenities in a safe and secure environment. Contact us today at 818.616.7341 to speak with a specialist about our programs and services.

What Is a Benzo?

Benzos are prescription hypnotic medications. Some of their features differ from other hypnotics, including their increased potential for dependency, abuse, and withdrawal symptoms.

Common benzos include:

  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)

Benzos can effectively treat anxiety, depression, panic disorders, sleep-related issues, and other disorders. They are not recommended for prolonged use due to tolerance development and withdrawal symptoms, which can feed the cycle of abuse that leads to addiction.

Benzos are one of the most commonly abused prescription medications. While dangerous to abuse on their own, they pose additional risks when combined with other depressants such as alcohol and opiates. Depressants like benzos also have problematic reactions when combined with other prescription stimulants such as ADHD medications like Adderall and Ritalin or “uppers” such as methamphetamine (meth) and cocaine.

Common Signs of Benzo Abuse

Many common signs and symptoms may be present in a person abusing benzos who may have developed a substance use disorder. Common signs may include:

  • Changes in behavior
  • Increased isolation
  • Relationship issues
  • Lack of interest
  • Lack of responsibility
  • Work issues
  • Financial problems

Without treatment, a person abusing benzos is likely to develop a more severe addiction over time. Long-term benzo abuse may lead to life-threatening consequences. Seeking treatment sooner rather than later can make a world of difference.

How Benzo Abuse Develops into Addiction

In the early stages of benzo abuse, dependence, and even mild addiction, it’s possible someone may be able to maintain the appearance of having a normal daily life. They may continue to fulfill their personal and family obligations and go to work.

It’s essential to be on the lookout for signs that someone you care about may be struggling with substance abuse or addiction to intervene before their life begins to spiral out of control. Family, friends, and coworkers have an opportunity to help someone find help before addiction takes a greater toll on a person’s life.

Some common signs of benzo abuse or addiction may include:

  • Cravings
  • Tolerance
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Mood instability
  • Sleep issues
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Memory issues
  • Poor decision-making
  • Lying or making excuses

If this sounds like someone you know or care about, they may have a substance abuse problem and need professional help. Medically-supervised detox is a safe and secure way for someone to cease substance abuse. You can set aside worries knowing emergency services are available if a person experiences medical issues during the early stages of detox and withdrawal.

Kicking the Habit

A person struggling with drug abuse or addiction must first accept that they have a substance use problem. Once a person accepts their situation, they can seek help from a high-quality treatment facility like DetoxLA.

After completing a treatment program, they have a real chance at a fresh start. It does take hard work, and there’s no question. They may be surprised how much better they feel physically and mentally after detoxing from benzos. There is a sense of ease after establishing a sober lifestyle that integrates mindfulness practices and other techniques that increase a sense of wellness, meaning, and purpose in daily life.

Why Choose DetoxLA for Rehab?

DetoxLA takes pride in having a tight-knit community that feels like a supportive family environment. Our patients benefit from working closely with our medical professionals. At DetoxLA, we have a one-to-one staff-to-client ratio.

Our doctors specialize in treatments for those who struggle with addictions to benzos, opiates, and alcohol. We offer detox and residential treatment in a safe and secure atmosphere. Our luxury rehab is a top-notch medical facility with the feeling of boutique-style treatment.

Contact DetoxLA Today to Learn More

We know it’s difficult to break the cycle of abuse. If you or your loved one is struggling with benzo abuse and addiction, the right time to seek help is as soon as possible. Contact us today by calling 818.616.7341 to begin your journey toward lasting recovery.