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Signs and Symptoms of Benzo Addiction

Benzo addiction impacts both your mental and physical health. As a prescription medication, this narcotic was made to help individuals with extreme anxiety and insomnia. However, unregulated street use can cause depression and suicidal thoughts. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to benzos, contact Findlay Recovery Center for an on-the-spot consultation.

What Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines are Schedule IV prescription narcotics. Commonly known as ‘benzos’ or ‘downers,’ benzodiazepines work to relax and calm the body. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and can be used to treat extreme anxiety, insomnia, amnesia, and seizures.  

Benzos are commonly prescribed medications ending in ‘am’ – including Halcion, Ativan, Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin. Even when used as prescribed, these medications are addicting and require doctor-monitored weaning before ending use. 

Benzos generally come in pill form, but can be accessed medically in an injection or syrup. Illicit use includes taking the pill, crushing it to snort, or accessing the medical injection or syrup. 

What Are Common Signs and Symptoms of Benzo Addiction?

Benzodiazepines are rated by how long they stay in your system; ultra-short acting, short-acting, and long acting. Benzos can actually stop a seizure within seconds of injection. These types of ultra-fast-acting narcotics can cause severe nervous system issues if taken unregulated.

Common signs of benzo addiction include confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, weakness, slurred speech, lack of coordination, and difficulty breathing. Benzos are commonly known as date-rape drugs because of how they impact the body’s motor functioning and mental processes.

Symptoms of benzo addiction include increased incidences of emergency room visits, mental disorders, and suicidal ideation. Because benzos depress the nervous system, people who use them unregulated can experience more negative and profound side effects.

Effects of a benzo overdose include extreme drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, decreased reflexes, decreased breathing rate, coma, and possibly death. The likelihood of overdose increases when combined with other drugs. When mixed with opioids or alcohol, individuals risk slowing down their body too much and causing the body to stop breathing, a coma, or the heart to stop beating. When mixing benzos with uppers, the body can over-accommodate the clashing narcotics and cause the heart to stop.

If you or a loved one are struggling with benzos addiction, contact Findlay Recovery Center now.

Get Help With Benzo Addiction at Findlay Recovery Center

Findlay Recovery Center is a premier addiction treatment center in Findlay, OH. Focused on treating clients struggling with benzo addiction, and so much more, our medically trained staff is prepared to support you through every step of the addiction treatment and rehabilitation process. 

At Findlay Recovery Center, our goal is your recovery. From detoxification through residential inpatient care to aftercare, our compassionate staff is here to support your journey from start to finish. In an affordable and modern facility, our clients have access to semi-private rooms and bathrooms, buffet-style meals with cafeteria seating, engaging and comfortable common areas, and quality care from our experienced medical staff and technicians. 

Our treatment process is individually tailored to each of our clients to prioritize healing in a way that is most beneficial to their personal goals. With a combination of traditional and alternative therapies, our clients have access to evidence-based treatment in individual and group settings. With over 100 years of combined experience, our medical professionals support both alcohol and drug addiction and dual-diagnosis conditions including, mood disorders, personality disorders, and impulse control disorders. We are trained to handle trauma, abuse, and grief. At Findlay Recovery Center, we know that treatment is only surface level if we don’t identify the root cause of addiction and support our clients through the healing process.

At Findlay Recovery Center we promote physical, mental, and emotional healing. Contact us today to see how we can support you or your loved one with benzo addiction.

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