Prescription Drug Addiction
Benzodiazepines (Xanex, Valium, etc.)
Sedation/drowsiness, reduced anxiety, feelings of well-being, lowered inhibitions, slurred speech, poor concentration, confusion, dizziness, impaired coordination and memory
lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing, tolerance, withdrawal, addiction; increased risk of respiratory distress and death when combined with alcohol
Medically supervised detox from benzodiazepines is often required, and usually takes place in an outpatient setting. Compliance with medical protocols for detox requires discipline, as risks associated with these drugs are often misunderstood and minimized. Treatment involves daily meetings with medical team, individual therapy, family therapy and group education to uncover and treat the cause for prescription as well as addiction. Many individuals are successful utilizing 12 step groups for a sustained recovery.