Last updated: 04/17/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Benzo, short for benzodiazepine, addiction is a serious problem because of its withdrawal. Although many doctors do not warn about it, benzo withdrawal is very dangerous in several ways. It is because of these dangers that you need benzo withdrawal treatment, instead of just doing it on your own.
Treatment for Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Reduces the Symptoms of Withdrawal
You may experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking benzodiazepines. According to the National Institutes of Health, the benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms are:
- Sensory distortions
- Sense of movement when you are not moving
- Crawling skin
- Muscle twitches or jerks
- Tingling or altered sensations
- Panic attacks
- Tremors in the hands
- Increased tension
- Muscle pain
All of these symptoms are very common during the first 48 to 72 hours of benzo withdrawal. Although they are not particularly dangerous, they are extremely unpleasant. Trying to go through them alone is very difficult and you are likely to fall back into your addiction.
Benzo Withdrawal Treatment Prevents Benzo Withdrawal Syndrome
Benzo withdrawal becomes dangerous without treatment due to a condition called benzo withdrawal syndrome. According to the National Library of Medicine, some people suffer from extreme symptoms when they attempt to stop using benzos suddenly. Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is brought on by:
- Using high doses of benzos
- Using benzos for an extended period of time
- Irregular dosing
- Snorting or injecting large amounts of benzos
The symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome are extremely dangerous and sometimes deadly. These symptoms are:
- Rebound anxiety leading to dangerous increase in heart rate
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Distortion of body image
- Hypersensitivity to light and sound
- Psychotic symptoms
- High blood pressure
- Extreme rebound anxiety
All of these symptoms can be dangerous and some of them can kill you if they are left untreated. Seeking withdrawal treatment greatly reduces the risks of developing benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.
You will Receive the Support that you Need
Although family and friends are wonderful for support during withdrawal, they are not professionals. Treatment centers have support professionals who are there to help you through some of the more severe psychological symptoms.
Sometimes family and friends can hinder your withdrawal and recovery efforts. Unfortunately, when this happens it can leave you without the withdrawal support that you need and into relapse. While you are receiving withdrawal treatment, center staff can help you identify those friends and family that are toxic to you and teach you how to deal with them.
Finding the Benzo Withdrawal Treatment you Need
It is important that you find the treatment that you need before you go through benzo withdrawal. With a benzo withdrawal treatment center, you can overcome your addiction more comfortably and with support.