Benzodiazepine, commonly known as “benzos,” are a class of psychoactive drugs used to treat several medical conditions including alcohol dependence, seizures, anxiety disorders, panic, agitation, and insomnia. They are usually taken orally; however, they can also be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or rectally.
Despite their medical uses, benzos are often abused. There are approximately 15 types of benzodiazepines distributed in the US, and another 20 sold worldwide.Tolerance and addiction develop rapidly. Benzo abuse sends thousands of people to emergency rooms each year.
Benzodiazepines can have different effects depending on the dosage. In small doses, benzos serve as sedatives. In moderate doses, they counter anxiety. In high doses, they act as hypnotics.
Usually, people abusing benzodiazepines develop a very high tolerance and indulge in extremely high dosages. Though the symptoms of addiction vary common signs include:
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Benzodiazepines work as a depressant and slows down the brain’s activity. Once someone gets addicted, sudden abstinence can cause seizures and other complications.
Benzo withdrawal is a painful process that requires medical supervision. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include: