Benzodiazepine Abuse is Out of Control in America
Nearly 11 per cent of people surveyed in 1990 reported some benzodiazepine use the previous year. And about 2 per cent of the adult population of the US (around 4 million people) seem to have used prescribed benzodiazepines regularly for 5 to 10 years or more. Numbers are proportional in the UK, over most of Europe and in some Asian countries.
The numbers of people that have used and abused benzodiazepines over the years is staggering. They cure a world of hurt with in a pill. Take that pill and the worries of the day go away, your hangover, your homelessness and any life crisis you want to forget about, big or small - Just Vanish. Benzos make the anxiety of ANY situation easier, calmer and more relaxed. And if that temptation were not enough they make you forget it all.
Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is used for social phobia and GAD, lorazepam (Ativan®) is helpful for panic disorder, and alprazolam (Xanax®) is useful for both panic disorder and GAD.
Some people experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking benzodiazepines abruptly instead of tapering off, and anxiety can return once the medication is stopped. These potential problems have led some physicians to shy away from using these drugs or to use them in inadequate doses.
Buspirone (Buspar®), an azapirone, is a newer anti-anxiety medication used to treat GAD. Possible side effects include dizziness, headaches, and nausea. Unlike benzodiazepines, buspirone must be taken consistently for at least 2 weeks to achieve an anti-anxiety effect."
For millions of Americans that have used benzos for therapy, the first prescription has led them into an unwanted chronic use for years and decades. While the effects of the medication work very well for the first few months. Dependence can develop within 2 months as well as tolerance to the anti-anxiety effects and many users are left with the consequences of withdrawal and benzo adverse side effects. The withdrawal brings back the original condition and in many cases much, much, worse. So to become "benzo-free" for many people means experiencing extended periods of discomfort and agony in some cases, that can last up to a year.
The individuals that use Benzos as prescribed and do not exhibit other "drug seeking behavior", which normally defines people with chemical addictions, understandably feel that they do not abuse benzos. That they have been given a prescription by their doctor and as a result have become unwillingly dependent on them. It is often times difficult for the patients to accept that benzodiazepine abuse is happening because of the limitations of the drugs effectiveness and adverse effects for long-term therapy. If the body and life of the individual is impacted negatively then benzodiazepine abuse is happening. It is more than likely being administered incorrectly and there are other options available. Those individuals should seek out professional help to assure that they are given the treatment plan that is right for them. Each case is completely unique with its own set of circumstances and there is no one method that works for everyone. Make the right choice and find the right doctor that can help you help yourself.
Benzos are the perfect ally for the drug addict. They are so effective that they are given to almost everyone going through drug or alcohol detox that presents severe withdrawal effects. The use of Benzos in detox is a great example of positive effects of the medication, however it also introduces most addicts to cross addiction to benzos upon release. The seductive nature of Benzos effects to enhance the high of other drugs, along with the withdrawal benefits and amnesic qualities make Benzos the best friend of a true drug addict and/or alcoholic and is the most evil enemy of all. The benzodiazepine allows the individual to extend the amount of abuse that the person can do to themselves and at the same time drastically alter the chemical pathology of the brain to set the stage for self destruction.
When someone has been using opiates for a long time and has a large tolerance, adding benzos to the mix will increase the feelings of well-being, comfort and will permit the user to easily start nodding in and out of a dream-like state. This is the state that most opiate addicts enjoy and usually seek the most from the drug. Overdose is a HUGE problem and mixing opiates and benzos will likely land the individual in the ER soon or dead.
We have listed the top six in order of abuse:
We have informational sites for the top-selling benzodiazepines with a in-depth look at each medication. If you would like more benzodiazepine information just click on the link for benzodiazepine addiction drug-specific information.