Binging on Benzos

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Benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos”, are man-made brain and central nervous system depressants used to treat anxiety, nervousness, and other ailments. Due to the nature of the drug itself, it is often abused for the “high” it causes when used in higher doses. The pattern observed by officials that have dealt with benzo abusers goes like this—an individual is prescribed the drug due to either one of these conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • Sleeplessness
  • And more

The individual may then become dependant on the drug when their current dosage appears to be weak or ineffective, after prolonged use. Once this dependence starts, the user seeks a higher dosage and will receive such from the pharmacy once the doctor has prescribed the new dose. If the individual doesn’t attempt to stop the benzo intake, this cycle repeats itself often leading to the procurement of non-prescribed pills.

These drugs are commonly abused by young adolescents and young adults who crush it up and snort it or take the tablet to get high. Crushing benzos and snorting it is a way to circumvent needing a prescription for a higher dosage as the potency increases when used in this manner. This is an incredibly dangerous method as it has numerous adverse effects due to the nature of the drug. It was designed to be ingested, therefore the snorting method causes bodily harm, even when it is a normal dosage amount. Snorting benzos or abusing the pills results in the following:

  • Irritability
  • Hostility
  • Amnesia
  • Respiratory depression
  • Seizures
  • Severe low blood pressure
  • Suicide

Those who choose to abuse benzos will often face depression as a result. This may lead to alcohol abuse whilst taking benzos. Combining alcohol with a benzodiazepine is very dangerous. The effects of the alcohol kick in much faster when mixed with this drug. It is extremely unsafe to consume alcohol or take other medication that has similar effects on the central nervous system as this can lead to extreme respiratory depression which can cause death.

Benzodiazepine is a common drug on the market and is frequently prescribed. The danger occurs when it is utilised for the wrong purposes. Dependence differs from addiction. A person can be dependent but not addicted. However, dependence is very often a precursor to substance abuse and addiction. When a person takes a benzodiazepine in a way other than prescribed or without a prescription, he or she is abusing the drug. If one decides to use it in the wrong manner, for the wrong reasons, then they are now abusing the drug and need to seek help before it spirals out of control, leading them to drug abuse. This path often brings about the use of illegal drugs and substances, most notably heroin.

If you or someone you know is abusing or dependant on benzodiazepines, seek help. Narconon UK is a drug-free, holistic and all natural drug rehabilitation centre located in the distraction-free English countryside. Narconon’s program has helped a significant number of drug addicts recover with rave successes around the globe.

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Devin was born and raised in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana where drug and alcohol abuse was a normal occurrence in families especially after Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of families homeless with easy access to drugs and alcohol to “relieve their pain.“ He was introduced to drugs at a young age and has now been drug-free for over 6 years.