Benzodiazepine Use Disorders

Benzodiazepine Use Disorders

Benzodiazepine-Related Problems are of urgent concern for people living in Texas and across the United States. Benzodiazepines are considered addictive substances that are known to create dependence and withdrawal symptoms when reduced or abruptly stopped.

It is dangerous to stop using benzodiazepines without professional assistance. This is problematic for people that have developed an addiction to these types of substances. Often people that have become addicted to benzodiazepines will require Benzodiazepine Detoxification.

Benzodiazepine Use Disorder is characterized by clinically significant impairment or distress. Individuals that are addicted to these substances will often take larger amounts of the substance over a longer period than was intended. These individuals describe a persistent desire or successful efforts to cut down or control their usage.

What are the most common Addictive Benzodiazepine Substances?

Below is a list of the most common Addictive Benzodiazepine Substances that individuals can develop a dependence upon or a substance use disorder. It is important to note that these substances are all prescribed for therapeutic purposes to treat other disorders.

However, people cross over into addictions to these substances daily. The potential to misuse or develop dependencies upon benzodiazepines is a higher risk if a person increases their dosage without guidance from a medical doctor or the individual takes more than they are prescribed. Benzodiazepines are classified by how long their effects last. They can be ultra-short acting, short-acting, or long-acting.

WARNING: Stopping or reducing these medications without professional guidance can result in withdrawal symptoms. The three most common withdrawal symptoms are anxiety, insomnia or seizures, and sometimes death. It is recommended that if you have developed an addiction to any of these substances you seek help from a benzodiazepine detox program and substance use disorder treatment program before abruptly stopping the use of these substances.

Most Common Addictive Benzodiazepine Substances

Alprazolam (Xanax®) Clonazepam (Klonopin®)
Clorazepate (Tranxene®) Diazepam (Valium®)
Estazolam (Prosom®) Flurazepam (Dalmane®)
Lorazepam (Ativan®) Midazolam (Versed®)
Oxazepam (Serax®) Temazepam (Restoril®)
Triazolam (Halcion®) Quazepam (Doral®)


Clinically, all benzodiazepines cause a dose-related central nervous system depressant activity. The individual may be observed as being mildly impaired and in some cases having difficulty performing a complex task. Some individuals report being in a hypnosis state while others have difficulty remembering events or behaviors under the influence of the drugs.

There have been reported cases where an individual does not remember increasing their dosage of the substance once they are taking the substance even when used as recommended. For those that become addicted to the substance, this often happens in the regular frequency of usage.

Once a person increases their dosage without medical guidance, they can easily develop a mental and physical dependence on the substance. In some cases, people have reported becoming addicted to benzodiazepines even when used as recommended.

It is recommended that if a person believes they have developed a mental, emotional, or physical dependency on using the substance that they do not abruptly stop or decrease the dose until they have contacted a benzodiazepine detoxification program for help with becoming free from the substance. There are withdrawal symptoms that show up when a person who is addicted to the substance attempts to stop using these substances.

Common Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms

Slurred speech Poor physical coordination
Ataxia High blood pressure
Seizures Insomnia
Light-headedness Anxiety
Fatigue and tiredness Abnormal involuntary movement
Headache Nausea/vomiting
Sweating Diarrhea
Weight loss Decreased appetite
Tachycardia Decreased salivation
Irritability Blurred vision
Muscular twitching Impaired coordination
Weakness Memory Impairment
Depression Confusion


Note: There are many more possible withdrawal-related symptoms that are not mentioned above. Since it is so dangerous to abruptly stop using benzodiazepines without medical guidance an individual should seriously consider utilizing the services of a benzodiazepine detox facility.

Benzodiazepine Detox Facility

Summer Sky offers a benzodiazepine detox facility that can help a person become free from all benzodiazepines and other sedative-hypnotic substances. In addition to medical detoxification or medical detox, Summer Sky can also treat benzodiazepine use disorder in its inpatient treatment programs, and residential treatment programs following medical detoxification services. Our medical detox programs will assess the potential or actual severity of the benzodiazepine-use problem. To access our medical detox facility, contact our admissions department at 1-888-857-8857.

Benzodiazepine Inpatient Treatment Programs

Summer Sky can help an individual detox & stabilize and then provide acute care treatment in one of our inpatient treatment programs. Inpatient treatment programs help establish a plan of action to address the benzodiazepine use disorder. Clinical therapy, education, treatment planning, and solution-focused support are all utilized during inpatient treatment.

Benzodiazepine Residential Treatment Programs

Many people will need more treatment than benzodiazepine detox and inpatient treatment services. These individuals can choose between 30-day treatment programs, 60-day drug rehabs, and 90-day treatment programs to treat their benzodiazepine use disorders. These individuals live in the treatment program while they treat their benzodiazepine addictions. Mention to the admissions department when you call to schedule your admission into one of our treatment programs which benzodiazepine residential treatment program you are interested in attending.

Other Benzodiazepine Treatment Programs Available

Need Immediate Help?

If you are ready to make a change in your life or you are a concerned family member desiring to help a loved one receive treatment services, you can reach out to Summer Sky for information regarding our treatment programs. Our Admissions department is available 24 hours a day 7-days a week to answer questions or to schedule an admission into our treatment programs. You can contact us by calling Summer Sky at 1-888-857-8857.

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