Find support for Benzodiazepine Addiction

Prescribed as a short-term medication, benzodiazepine is a psychoactive drug, which helps to manage conditions such as anxiety. It works by relaxing brain activity, while increasing the presence of GABA, a suppressing chemical already found in the brain, helping to naturally slow down and decrease symptoms of anxiety.

Through the use of benzodiazepine, the brain will reasonably become accustomed to the production of GABA, along with further chemicals, such as dopamine, both found to enhance the internal reward system and its engagement. However, through this degree of exposure, a benzodiazepine addiction can easily develop, causing many problems to a user’s health and overall life.

It’s found that 40% of individuals, who abuse prescriptions and consume benzodiazepines every day for 6+ weeks will be at greater risk of an addiction diagnosis. This is down to the role that psychoactive drugs play, which if prolonged, can result in an ingrained, lasting reliance.

Withdrawing from benzodiazepine drugs can be tough, down to expected withdrawal symptoms, ultimately displaying shock. Due to this, benzodiazepine addiction treatment & rehab steps will be required, to withdraw and prevent relapse.

See how we can help you here at Asana Lodge, if you’re struggling through substance abuse, appropriately through benzodiazepine addiction help.

How addictive is benzodiazepine?

Benzodiazepine is a prescribed medication, which is usually recommended for a 2-week stint. It’s effective with treating anxiety and sleep-related disorders, as it helps to slow down activity in the brain, promoting suppressing and relaxing effects.

It is however highly addictive once exposure is prolonged, beyond recommendations, down to the internal changes that it incurs on the brain. Such changes to brain structure and chemicals are bearable for the short term, helping to increase GABA and dopamine production. However, the same changes can be extremely detrimental when experienced beyond the 2-week timespan, down to how reliant users can become of both benzodiazepine and the increased happy chemicals.

It’s justifiable as to why the positive reinforcers, linked to benzodiazepine are addictive, as for someone with a mental health condition, positive, energetic, and relaxing chemicals will be comforting and sought-after. Yet the effects of a benzodiazepine addiction can be extremely worrying.

From aggravated mental health issues and increased overdose risks to the damages caused by seizures and cognitive impairments, such as memory loss and blackouts, benzodiazepine abuse should be taken seriously. If you’re encountering the below signs, sourcing benzodiazepine drug addiction treatment & rehab help will be encouraged, through residential addiction treatment offerings.

Signs someone is using benzodiazepine

Being aware of the signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine addiction is very important. As it’s a prescription drug, many will abuse its credibility, believing that bypassing recommendations will be safe. Yet by doing so, benzodiazepine addiction help will be longed for, down to the physical and psychological, crippling addiction that’s attached.

Common signs of benzodiazepine addiction include:

  • The inability to stop exposure to prescription drugs
  • Bypassing recommendations of benzodiazepine
  • Looking for new sources, or drugs which offer similar effects
  • Encountering withdrawal symptoms
  • Experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety
  • Difficulties sleeping post-prescription
  • Experiencing physical symptoms including dizziness, blurred vision, and slurred speech
  • Encountering long-term health risks, such as mental health vulnerabilities, risks of a coma or stroke, and the development of chronic sleep disorders
  • Allowing benzodiazepine exposure to take over
  • Encountering overdose risks
  • Feeling withdrawn from life

If behavioural and psychological changes are paired with excessive benzodiazepine abuse, this is a clear indicator of addiction. Detoxification, drug rehab services and addiction treatment, all appropriate for benzodiazepine addiction recovery will be essential.

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Benzodiazepine addiction withdrawal

To overcome drug addiction, the safe withdrawal will need to take place. Through detoxification, this will be possible, recommended through residential addiction treatment.

All traces of benzodiazepine will be removed from the body, standing as a toxin, to help revert normal functionality and health. There is a risk that some health issues may reside from the damage of drug abuse. Yet, detoxing will help to alleviate the majority of side effects, along with preparing the body for sobriety.

Substitute drugs can be used to manage pre-existing health symptoms, such as anxiety. Yet, in the majority of cases, withdrawal symptoms should be expected, down to how aggressive benzodiazepine addiction is. Comfort and control can be expected throughout the withdrawal phase, by opting for a medically assisted detox available through drug rehab, especially helpful throughout the first 14 days of withdrawal.

Benzodiazepine addiction treatment & rehab

As benzodiazepine impacts the functioning of the brain, it’s vital to retune and restore efforts. Through the likes of cognitive behavioural therapy, stress management, support groups, motivational therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, NAD+ therapy and exposure therapy, balance can be restored.

The aim of benzodiazepine addiction treatment & rehab services will be to stabilise the mind, disconnect the emotional rewards of drug abuse, and find positive coping strategies to avoid future exposure.

Through our personalised, evidence-based programmes, you can look to complete appropriate treatments and therapies throughout private drug and alcohol rehab.

Relapse prevention and aftercare

A strong part of rehab, to assist with sustaining sobriety will be relapse prevention and aftercare. Both will play a part on a post-rehab basis, to instil motivation, provide direction and offer confidence throughout benzodiazepine addiction recovery.

Aftercare services are again offered here at Asana Lodge through personal recommendations. Your relapse prevention plan will also be formed to meet your needs, to deter future influences of prescription and/or illegal substances.

If you’re misusing prescription drugs, it’s essential to be aware of their lasting impacts. See how necessary benzodiazepine addiction treatment & rehab steps will be for you personally, by reaching out.

Anxiety and similar conditions can be managed safely, without substance misuse. Look for alternatives with our support.

1.5 million people are found to encounter signs of benzodiazepine addiction. If you’re one of them, looking towards benzodiazepine addiction treatment & rehab steps will be encouraged, which we can assist with.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to access Benzodiazepine addiction treatment and rehab

Both treatment and rehab services can be accessed through our rehab clinic. We offer a reliable admissions process to help you privately and efficiently access benzodiazepine addiction help.

Treatment can be accessed through the NHS. Yet due to excessive demands, private drug and alcohol rehab will instead be recommended.

What happens after Benzodiazepine addiction treatment and rehab?

Post-treatment, you can look to revert to a sense of normality. However, you will need to monitor your reactions and behaviours, to minimise relapse risks. Avoiding prescription drug exposure will be wise, along with completing aftercare services and relying on relapse prevention planning.

Can I refer a family member to Benzodiazepine addiction treatment and rehab?

Yes, through our family and friend’s referral services, you can share your concerns, while highlighting the option of rehab. This is an extremely beneficial service, which can motivate the uptake of addiction treatment and recovery as a prospect. We’re here to offer full support through treatment and rehab.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 30 July 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

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Dr. Otulana is a highly skilled General Practitioner and Addiction Specialist. He possesses extensive expertise in the field of Substance Misuse Management and boasts a diverse background in evaluating, overseeing (including detox procedures), and overseeing the residential recovery of individuals grappling with various drug and substance addiction issues. His primary goal is to conduct thorough assessments of patients dealing with addiction issues and determine their medical detoxification and psychological treatment requirements. Dr. Otulana is well-versed in caring for patients who need dual drug and alcohol detoxification therapies.

In addition to his medical qualifications, Dr. Otulana is a proficient healthcare professional who holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the prestigious Cambridge University Judge Business School.