Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction

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Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are in the psychoactive class of drugs. They are depressants and most common use is for insomnia, anxiety, and seizures. However, it is possible to use them for other medical needs. 

How Long Is It Safe to Use Benzodiazepines?

As depressants, benzos slow down brain activity, which is particularly useful for those dealing with severe anxiety. As more is becoming known about benzos, it is clear that short-term use is safest. The longer a person uses benzos, the more likely they are to develop a dependence. 

Longer use presents a risk of addiction and thus a much harder time to stop use without help.

Specific Signs of Benzo Abuse 

While it isn’t possible to tell if someone is chemically dependent on benzodiazepines without a medical diagnosis, there are some warning signs you can look out for.

One of these includes snorting xanax and other benzos, or using them in other non-prescribed ways.

Snorting anything, including harmless substances, is never good for a person’s body. Often when abusing drugs people snort them to experience a faster high. 

Benzos, even when prescribed, are of course never meant to be snorted. Anyone doing so is clearly abusing the substance.

Psychological Signs of Abuse and Addiction:

  • Memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood swings

Physical Signs of Abuse and Addiction:

  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drowsiness

Misuse of benzos does not automatically result in addiction. However, benzos are highly addictive and there is risk of dependence even with proper use. 

The longer a person misuses benzos, the more likely they are to develop an addiction. Withdrawal is often very painful and difficult to do alone. Seeking professional medical help is the best way to safely and comfortably stop use. 

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