Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine Dependence & Addiction

Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety medications;

  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan
  • Valium

Benzodiazepines can be very effective in reducing anxiety and panic… in the short term. Unfortunately, when they wear off, they tend to produce a rebound anxiety effect that leads to escalating tolerance and dependence. Because they are respiratory and nervous system depressors that bind to the same neuro-receptors as alcohol, the combination of benzodiazepines with alcohol or opioids can lead not just to black-outs but death.

Like alcohol, sudden withdrawal from benzodiazepines can produce life-threatening seizures.

At UR, we provide round-the-clock medical supervision during the initial tapering process and coordinate a reasoned and conservative treatment plan with your trusted practitioners to allow for the least amount of discomfort and risk in completing a taper post-discharge.

While you are with us, our experienced clinicians facilitate alternative coping skills for stress and anxiety that work from the inside-out to build confidence and empowerment.

 

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