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Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepines are widely used to treat many different conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, social anxiety, grief, trauma, restless leg syndrome, and insomnia. They are incredibly addictive. At Windmill Wellness Ranch, we recognize the fear many have detoxifying from this drug. Many are afraid of panic attacks or overall feeling of losing control. Many have tried to withdraw on their own and experience anxiety, muscle cramps, diarrhea, tremors, depression, agitation, and headaches. Naturally, people continue to use them again because they do not want to feel this way. I have heard many people comment “I felt better before I started these pills than I do after I am off of them.” Therefore, we never suggest detoxing from these substances unless they are in a detox setting. Our medical team uses a taper protocol so that those detoxing from this substance are comfortable and get through this process. Often other places do detox too quickly and sustained recovery becomes impossible because the effects from detox can last 30 days. WWR is aware that this approach does not work. Because these drugs contain sedative properties, they become highly addictive and abuse can occur easily. These are the most commonly prescribed anti-depressants in America, benzodiazepines affect a person’s brain and nervous system. 

Effects/Side Effects

The benzodiazepine high has been described as experiencing an intense feeling of euphoria. Some do not experience any euphoria but have tried quitting and are unable due to the panic that is felt. It is also common for people to experience short-term effects such as increased self-confidence, becoming more talkative, and general feelings of enhanced happiness. Benzodiazepines are also likely to reduce a person’s anxiety, making them feel worry-free and much calmer than usual.

As with most highs, users of benzodiazepines will experience a comedown. Feelings of depression, anxiety, and general agitation are not uncommon when coming down from benzodiazepines. 

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