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Signs/Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Abuse

Benzodiazepines should never be stopped abruptly. There are two drug classifications that can have serious if not deadly consequences when not detoxed medically; Alcohol and Benzodiazepines. Detox is the first step towards recovery from Benzos and this step is very important. Once detoxed from Benzodiazepines, therapeutic methods of treatment combined with proper medications and wellness practices have the highest rate of success. Most Benzo users will experience a high level of Anxiety once they are off the drugs because Benzodiazepines suppress anxiety. Our team of medical doctors and therapists will make their professional judgement on each and every client as to what will be the best course of treatment.

  • ​IOP
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Medical assessment and supervision
  • Wellness Groups
  • Holistic Approach

​Please contact the Staff of Valor Detox for more information on our Benzodiazepine Addiction Services.


Benzodiazepines (Benzos) are a type of medication known as tranquilizers. Familiar names include Valium and Xanax. They are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. When people without prescriptions obtain and take these drugs for their sedating effects, use turns into abuse.

Doctors may prescribe a benzodiazepine for the following legitimate medical conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Seizure control
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Inducing amnesia for uncomfortable procedures
  • Given before an anesthetic (such as before surgery)

Benzodiazepines act on the central nervous system, produce sedation and muscle relaxation, and lower anxiety levels.
Although more than 2,000 different benzodiazepines have been produced, only about 15 are currently FDA-approved in the United States. They are usually classified by how long their effects last.

  • Ultra-short acting - Midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion)
  • Short-acting - Alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Long-acting - Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), diazepam (Valium)

At normal or regular doses, benzodiazepines relieve anxiety andinsomnia. They are usually well tolerated. Sometimes, people taking benzodiazepines may feel drowsy or dizzy. This side effect can be more pronounced with increased doses.

High doses of benzodiazepines can produce more serious side effects. Signs and symptoms of acute toxicity or overdose may include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma

Signs of chronic drug abuse can be very nonspecific and include changes in appearance and behavior that affect relationships and work performance. Warning signs in children include abrupt changes in mood or deterioration of school performance. Chronic abuse of benzodiazepines can lead to the following symptoms that mimic many of the indications for using them in the first place:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Headaches
  • Weakness

What are Benzodiazepines?

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