Benzodiazepine Addiction, Treatment and Withdrawal


You may have been prescribed a benzodiazepine, sometimes referred to as benzos, for anxiety, stress or panic. They are classified as sedatives and are highly addictive, making your body dependent on them to function. In many cases benzodiazepines are illegally obtained and abused because to stop using them could be fatal after you are addicted. If you are dependent on benzos and want to quit, call us at 800-993-3869 and one of our Recovery Connection staff will help you find a detox center.

If you are struggling day to day because of benzodiazepine addiction, help is just a phone call away. At Recovery Connection, our coordinators are specially trained to answer most of your questions about addiction, detox, and treatment. Many of our staff are in recovery and understand your fears and anxieties. Call 800-993-3869 and get the help you need today. Our helpline is open 24/7 and all calls are confidential.

What Are Benzos or Benzodiazepines?

Throughout the years, benzodiazepines have been generally used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, acute stress reactions and anxiety with depression and seizures. All benzodiazepines share a common chemical structure and are central nervous system sedative-hypnotic agents.

They inhibit your brain function, decreasing stimulation, which induces a calm state and promotes sleep. Benzodiazepines are controlled substances because of their highly addictive properties. Because they suppress the central nervous system, benzodiazepines are also known as depressants. Examples are: 

Benzodiazepines are highly addictive medications. They are never intended for recreational use and are made available by prescription only. Physicians prescribe this class of drugs to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks and to moderate severe stress.  Sometimes, benzodiazepines are prescribed off-label to treat depression and pain.  However, they are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this use. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to benzos and would like to get detoxed, call us at 800-993-3869 and Recovery Connection staff will be able to assist you.

Symptoms and Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction

A person who has been prescribed a benzodiazepine and is prone to addiction may erroneously think "if one pill produced this feeling of calm, then two pills will produce an even greater feeling of calm.” This thought process is flawed and often leads to benzodiazepine addiction.

Eventually tolerance develops to benzodiazepines, requiring an ever increasing amount of the drug to produce the initial sense of calm. Overuse leads to running out of the prescribed amount faster than should be and the user is placed in a position of finding additional medication quickly.

Symptoms of benzodiazepine addiction:

  • Drowsiness
  • Decrease in balance
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Sedation
  • Lethargy
  • Memory lapses
  • Loss of concentration
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of appetite

When additional medication cannot be obtained, either legally or illegally, the addicted person is likely to begin to experience benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.  Doctor shopping is when a user seeks multiple prescriptions for the same medication from different prescribers, keeping each prescriber in the dark about the others and the extent of use.

Signs of benzodiazepine addiction:

  • Intermittent agoraphobia
  • Mood swings
  • Mental confusion
  • Missing work
  • Self-neglect
  • Self-neglect
  • Doctor shopping
  • Buying the drug illegally on the street
  • Stealing or “borrowing” prescriptions

Don't waste another day addicted to benzodiazepines. The cycle of addiction can be broken. Call 800-993-3869 now and speak with a trained Recovery Connection coordinator. Help is only a phone call away.

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms and Withdrawal Treatment

Withdrawal symptoms generally occur with individuals using benzodiazepines for a period of three to six months, or less for those who concurrently use alcohol or other sedatives. Withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as several hours after last use peaking within 24 to72 hours.

Typical signs of benzodiazepine withdrawal are:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sweating
  • Tremor
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Severe anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Perceptual disturbances
  • Depersonalization
  • Distorted body image
  • Muscles twitches
  • Restless leg syndrome

Symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal vary in severity based on the amount of drug taken, the duration of the drug abuse and the method of abuse (such as snorting, ingesting by mouth or injecting the drug) Remember, withdrawal symptoms should be closely monitored in a medical detox unit where staff can administer medications for the treatment of benzodiazepine withdrawal.

Benzodiazepines are also prescribed to treat alcohol, barbiturate, and benzodiazepine withdrawal. This is why you should seek treatment at an accredited drug rehab center that will help you complete treatment without putting you on another addictive medication. Withdrawal from sedatives can be life-threatening.

Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

Seek the help of trained addiction professionals before you abruptly stops taking the drug. Experts recommend entering a medically based drug detox center followed by a drug rehab program. Inpatient detox and treatment are recommended because the medical team and psychiatrists can respond to all crises as they occur and determine whether addition medication is needed and at what levels.


Looking For Treatment?
Don’t suffer from benzodiazepine addiction for another day. Let Recovery Connection find a detox and rehab program that will help you break the addiction and while addressing all underlying issues around addictive behavior. Call 800-993-3869 now and speak with a coordinator who has lived through the detox and treatment process and cares. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.
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