Benzodiazepines are a type of drug class used to primarily treat anxiety but can also be used to treat other conditions. All benzodiazepines are known to affect neurotransmitter chemicals that nerves use to communicate, also known as GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acids. It has been thought and researched by doctors and scientists that excess nerve activity in the brain can cause anxiety or other brain-related disorders. GABA reduces pressure and psychological activities within the brain, which is why benzodiazepines are prescribed and taken.
Nicknames for Benzodiazepine
Several familiar names are used to refer to benzodiazepines. The following is a short list of some of the nicknames, or street names, used to refer to this particular drug class:
- Blue Footballs
- Blue Bombs
Types of Benzodiazepines
In the United States, there are several approved forms of benzodiazepines. The following is a list of some of the drugs that doctors prescribe to treat anxiety or other related psychological disorders:
- Xanax, also referred to as alprazolam
- Librium, or chlordiazepoxide
- Klonopin, typically given for seizure activity
- Tranxene, also known as clorazepate
Side Effects of Taking Benzodiazepines
Those who take benzodiazepines regularly will experience some sort of side effect, whether long or short-term; these side effects can range in intensity. Some of the most common side effects include extreme weakness, dizziness, unsteadiness, and fatigue. Other side effects may include:
- Loss or lack of sleep
- Loss of Coordination
One of the most challenging side effects of taking or abusing benzodiazepines is physical dependence. Many benzodiazepines are prescribed daily, making it difficult to stop “cold turkey.” The associated withdrawal symptoms can be harmful and hard to continue without taking the benzodiazepine drug. Withdrawal symptoms may include the following:
- Increased depression
- Violent Behavior
- Nausea and Vomiting
To avoid these withdrawal symptoms, the safest way to stop taking them is to slowly decrease the dosage and taper off gradually.
Finding Help With a Benzodiazepine Addiction
If you believe that you or a loved one is abusing a benzodiazepine, please get in touch with our office today to learn more about how Holy Land Rehab Center can help. Our treatment programs are geared towards helping and guiding individuals towards a happier, healthier, and sober life without dependency upon benzodiazepines. Understanding that you or your loved one has a severe drug addiction problem can be complex, but seeking the appropriate help is essential. Regardless of what drug or substance is being abused, the solution is always the same – committing and deciding to seek treatment for total recovery. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you and your loved ones with addiction problems.