Gateway Recovery Center provides benzodiazepine and sedative addiction detoxification in Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul.
Benzodiazepine and sedative addiction has increased dramatically in America since their development in the late 1950s. Originally developed as a sedative or tranquillizer, physical dependence was not widely recognized until the early 1980s. Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is very complex and can cause complications and severe discomfort. Detoxification should be conducted with the assistance of medical professionals.
The History of Benzodiazepine and Sedative Addiction
Benzodiazepines were introduced to the market as a more effective way to treat insomnia and anxiety. There are more than a dozen Benzodiazepines available by prescription today and include sedatives such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium).
Benzodiazepines work to increase activity at receptors for the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This transmitter inhibits the activity of neurons, slowing down the brain and nervous system, so benzodiazepines are relaxing and calming and promote sleep when taken at bedtime. Benzodiazepines differ mainly in how quickly they are absorbed, how long their effects last, and how long they take to leave the body.
Problems Associated with Benzodiazepine and Sedative Use
Benzodiazepine and sedative addiction may occur whether taken as prescribed or not, as the body adapts to the presence of the drug and creates a dependence. If the drug is reduced or withdrawn, the GABA neurons become underactive and the lack of benzodiazepines can cause a withdrawal reaction.
Benzodiazepine and Sedative Addiction Withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person and can set in within hours or days after reduced or completed consumption. Signs and symptoms can include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive sweating
- Heart palpitations
- Muscular stiffness or discomfort
- Body tremors
- Psychosis or psychotic reactions
- Increased risk of suicidal ideation
Risks Associated with Prolonged Benzodiazepine and Sedative Addiction
Benzodiazepine and sedative addiction can cause serious health problems including:
- Reduced coordination and reflexes
- Drowsiness, sleepiness, or fatigue
- Impaired cognition and memory
- Slurred speech
- Respiratory depression
- Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps
- Memory Impairment
- Trouble thinking
- Poor judgement
- Muscle weakness and loss of coordination
Detoxification from Benzodiazepines and Sedatives
At Gateway Recovery Center, the detoxification process for benzodiazepines and sedatives is highly monitored and medically assisted to minimize withdrawal symptoms complications. Individuals are closely monitored and medicated to ensure comfort, stability, and safety during the detoxification process.
How to Get Help
If you or someone you know is in need of benzodiazepine or sedative addiction detoxification services, a compassionate, trained professional is waiting to answer all of your questions. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer calls or provide information on immediate admissions. We know the first step can be hard. We’re here to guide you.