The medical community has recognized benzodiazepine addiction as a more concerning problem due to the loss of lives to mixing opiates and benzodiazepines. According to the latest report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Alprazolam (commonly known with the brand name of Xanax) was involved in more than 6,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, an increase of 54% from overdose deaths in 2011. Other commonly misused drugs in this class include Lorazepam and Temazepam.
Alarming Signs for Benzodiazepine Abuse
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal symptoms
If the patient has used benzos from a long time and has become addicted, benzo withdrawal symptoms include a high risk for seizure and/or other life-threatening complications. It is important to consult with your addiction doctor, psychiatrist, or prescribing doctor when trying to lower the dose of a benzodiazepine.
Benzodiazepine addiction treatment options include
At Unique Health, we help the patient get detoxed and come off benzodiazepines in the most comfortable manner possible when the patient is motivated, willing, and ready.