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Recognizing Signs of Benzo Addiction

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Recognizing Signs of Benzo Addiction

Benzodiazepines are a type of prescription drug used to treat sleeping disorders and anxiety. They can also create a high, which is why some people abuse them. These drugs typically work to calm a person, but these drugs can be challenging to stop using when addiction occurs. Benzo addiction can be treated in the proper environment by professionals. At Red Oak Recovery®, we provide a wide range of treatment options to help people overcome addictions to benzos and other substances. If you need addiction treatment, please reach out to Red Oak Recovery® today at 866.457.7590.

How Does Benzo Addiction Occur?

The term benzodiazepines is another name for prescription tranquilizers. When people use them properly, they can effectively treat various conditions, including intense anxiety, seizures, and insomnia. Yet, these drugs interact with the brain’s chemistry triggering the pleasure center. As a result, a person may engage in drug-seeking behavior as they crave these drugs more heavily, leading to dependence. When dependence occurs, it is tough for a person to stop using drugs independently.

What Are Signs of Benzo Addiction?

One of the first things to look for is the signs of benzo abuse. These occur when a person who does not need these medications is taking them. Right after taking them, a person may feel mental confusion, headaches, forgetfulness, and anxiety. They may also cause significant fatigue. These symptoms are likely to wear off in a short amount of time.

However, long-term side effects can occur. Some of the most common signs of benzo addiction include:

  • A loss of inhibitions and engaging in reckless behavior
  • Impaired memory and concentration
  • Loss of coordination
  • Cognitive defects
  • Muscle stiffness and pain
  • Needing to use more of the drug as tolerance develops

Long-term use of these drugs can also cause many health risks. That may include the onset of sexual dysfunction, depression, permanent cognitive defects, dementia, and amnesia.

What to Do When You See the Signs of Benzo Use and Abuse

If you notice these signs of addiction in a loved one, it is critical to take active steps towards seeking out care. That includes working closely with an addiction treatment center like Red Oak Recovery® to ensure a loved one gets the help they need right away.

An initial first step is to talk to a loved one about their use. Sometimes they may want to get help but are unsure how to do so. A person with a dependency on this drug is likely to be unable to stop using the substance on his own.

Our team can offer help through a number of treatment programs with a wide array of therapeutic options, including:

Each of these therapeutic options can be invaluable in the recovery journey.

Can a Prescription User Suffer from Benzo Addiction?

For those who are taking this drug as prescribed by a doctor, addiction is less likely. However, addiction can form when a person uses benzos outside of the recommended dose. One way to understand if addiction and dependence have taken hold is to consider what happens when a person stops using the drug.

  • Do they crave the drug and think about it often?
  • Do they prioritize their next dose or trying to get to it?
  • Are they experiencing pain and discomfort when not using the drug?
  • Are they experiencing anxiety and intense agitation?

If this is happening, it may be essential to recognize the benzo side effects that are likely and to seek out help immediately.

Call Red Oak Recovery® Now

Benzo addiction is a serious condition warranting professional treatment. At Red Oak Recovery®, we encourage you to reach out to us immediately if you are experiencing the signs of addiction or dependence. Allow our team to support you through recovery. Learn more about the services we offer when you call 866.457.7590 or connect with our team online.