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Benzodiazepines are depressant drugs. They are prescribed to treat and produce, sedation, sleep, control anxiety, muscle spasms, and prevent seizures. In high doses they act as hypnotics; in moderate doses they act as anxiolytics, and in low doses they act as sedatives. They are one of the most widely prescribed medicines that affect the central nervous system. Benzodiazepines are used many times to help with alcohol withdrawal. They are also commonly used as premedications for medical or dental procedures to help relax the individual having the procedure.  Many individuals develop a drug addiction to this family of drugs, either through prescription use or abuse.

Some Side-Effects Of These Drugs

The Benzodiazepines family can cause the following side-effects: amnesia, hostility, irritability, and vivid dreams. The body can build up a tolerance and dependency on these drugs. The withdrawal symptoms are severe (they are compared to alcohol) and may require hospitalization or the assistance of a drug rehabilitation and treatment withdrawal program. If you suspect addiction to Benzodiazepines, a gradual withdrawal is recommended over an abrupt ceasing.  This should be done professionally in an inpatient or residential drug treatment facility.  This should never be attempted alone because of the dangerous side-effects.

Those who are addicted to Benzodiazepines typically maintain their supply through many prescriptions from several doctors, forging prescriptions, or by buying from overseas or in illicit drug markets. They will engage in “typicaladdiction-like behavior.

Benzodiazepine abuse is typically by teenagers and young adults who abuse the drugs in order to obtain a “high.” Mixing or using the substance in combination with other drugs such as alcohol can cause life-threatening effects. Many deaths have occurred because of the mixture of Benzodiazepines and alcohol.  This slows the respiratory system and can even cause an individual to stop breathing altogether.

Roofies or Rohypnol is a Benzodiazepine that is in the “date rape” category. In party and rave environments, it can be placed within an alcoholic drink, rendering the victim unaware and unable to resist a sexual assault. Many times the individual does not even remember the sexual assault.  They have no memory of the events at all.
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If you suspect yourself or a loved one of being addicted to or abusing Benzodiazepines, get help now before it’s too late.

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