Benzodiazepines Addiction and Abuse in Somerset Somerset

What Is Benzodiazepine


Benzodiazepines are sedatives recommended by specialists for the treatment of uneasiness, fits of anxiety, muscle fits and seizures. Benzodiazepines (a group of pharmaceutical drugs also known as "benzos") are prescribed for range of diseases and psychological disorders. These medications are prescribed to the patients who suffer from epileptic seizures, anxiety (from moderate to severe), panic attacks, and even symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and other CNS depressants. Benzodiazepines are sold in the form of a pill or tablet for oral utilization. A few brands, such as Valium are intravenously injected as a reasonable, scentless fluid.


Benzodiazepines are legitimate when they are recommended by a specialist Though, these drugs are illegally trafficked too. Benzodiazepine medications has various street names such as trunks, killjoys or basically benzos.


According to the Controlled Substances Act, benzodiazepines belong to Schedule IV, which means that their use in UK is strictly regulated by the government.


Here are a few of most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines

  • Valium
  • Ativan
  • Klonopin
  • Librium
  • Halcion

Notwithstanding their medicinal legitimacy and government direction, Benzodiazepines are very unsafe and addictive in nature If you or a person you care for is addicted to benzodiazepines, waste no time - seek help today!


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Benzodiazepines Abuse And Effects

Benzodiazepines attach to GABA receptors (which are special neurons) and this process puts the brakes on overactive brain function and alleviates serious psychological tension.

Abusers of benzodiazepines can feel "high" (euphoria) or the feeling similar to the effect from taking alcohol, depending on the specific medication being abused. This effect will be joined by a long term sedation. When a user overdoses on benzodiazepine, his/her breathing and heart rate slow down which can be fatal.


If benzodiazepines are used without doctor's prescription and recommendation, it means they are abused. In other to increase the efficacy of benzodiazepines, users often grind and sniff the drugs. There is a high chance of getting a drug overdose. Typical symptoms of overdosing on benzodiazepine are comas and seizures.


Dependence On Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are extremely strong and therefore they can alter the neurochemistry of the brain. After consuming benzodiazepines for a while, the drug will build up in the body and cause dependency towards the substance. The consequence is an increase in the individual's reliance on the drug both psychologically and physiologically.

Due to the high pervasiveness of benzodiazepines , people from all age and demographic group are at high risk of getting addicted to this medicine. Even under a doctor's care and endorsed doses, this drug poses danger of addiction


Benzodiazepines is a prescribed dose. Therefore, it is hard to trace or recognize an addiction. We may not realize if people around us have been abusing this drug. There are some signs of addiction that are often underestimated. One of them is when one has developed a tolerance to the sedative effect of the drug. Second underestimated sign is when the addict start avoiding relevant people in their life. Time spent together reduces significantly. The third sign is when their focus is only in getting more and more benzodiazepines. Now is the ideal time to be informed about the signs of dependence on a drug


Common Mixtures Of Benzodiazepines And Other Substances

To boost the effect from benzodiazepines, some abusers mix them with other substances that are CNS (central nervous system) depressants. Alcohol is a CNS sedative, which addicts commonly use together with benzodiazepines; also, they can combine it with opiates to enhance euphoria from both. The risk of a disastrous overdose rises geometrically when benzodiazepines are combined with other substances.

A lot of people hospitalized from drug overdose were misusing other illicit drugs as well research has shown.


Treating A Benzodiazepine Addiction

Grab the opportunity to look for help for yourself or a friend or family member. There are lots of treatment programs all over the country available to benzodiazepine abusers and addicts. For further inquiries get in touch with us today by contacting 0800 772 3971.