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What Are the Signs of Benzo Abuse?

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Doctors across the U.S. and here in Massachusetts prescribe benzos every day. A popular drug, benzos like Xanax and Klonopin help relax the nervous system. This can help people sleep and manage anxiety. In most cases, benzos are designed for short-term use. When taken long-term, they can have adverse health effects, including addiction. Benzo addiction treatment is the safest, most effective way to prevent long-term effects and help someone avoid relapse.

Are you struggling with benzos? If you or someone you love is developing a benzo addiction, NuLife Behavioral Health can help. Our benzo addiction treatment programs in Massachusetts provide clients with trauma-informed treatment for addiction and mental health disorders. Call us now at 888.568.2057 to learn more about benzo addiction and begin treatment today.

How Do Benzos Affect the Brain and Body?

Benzos are a synthetic drug that calms the nervous system by flooding the brain with GABA, a naturally occurring chemical that makes people feel relaxed and helps the body fall asleep. Along with GABA, benzos release dopamine, the chemical that causes pleasure, joy, and addiction. These chemicals supply the brain with higher levels of GABA and dopamine than the brain naturally makes. Over time, this causes the brain to stop producing GABA and dopamine, causing withdrawal and adverse health problems. Signs of benzo use include:

  • Difficulty speaking or understanding language
  • Trouble following conversations
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble understanding objects

Because benzos have beneficial short-term effects, they are popular. Their calming effect can help insomnia and anxiety, as well as dampen stress and psychological pain. For short-term use, benzos act as a band-aid. When a person stops taking benzos, they will experience a rebound and worsening of original symptoms. This leads many people to continue using benzos. This leads to addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Benzo Addiction

Unfortunately, benzos are highly addictive because of their effects on the brain. Like other substance abuse, benzo addiction can cause erratic behavior, changes in mood, and secretive behavior. Because benzos affect the brain, someone may seem intoxicated when on benzos and agitated when they crave more. Other signs include:

  • Stealing pills
  • Filling multiple prescriptions
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Mood swings

For those with co-occurring disorders like bipolar disorder, depression, or PTSD, these effects can be stronger. Because benzos change a person’s perception and cognitive abilities, someone may struggle to walk, talk, or operate a car while addicted to benzos.​​ This can make someone a danger to themselves and others. Benzo addiction treatment can help someone safely stop taking benzos and address the root causes of anxiety and insomnia without medication. During treatment, clients undergo a range of therapies and programs to help restore their GABA and dopamine production while developing healthy coping mechanisms for stress and trauma.

Begin Outpatient Benzo Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts Today

Benzo addiction is common, especially for those without comprehensive mental health treatment. If you or someone you love is struggling with benzos or prescription drugs, our treatment programs can help. Our Massachusetts clinic meets clients where they’re at for compassionate, individualized, dual diagnosis treatment and care for mental health and addiction recovery. With intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization, we also provide clients with referrals for residential and aftercare programs with our trusted partner clinics. No matter the stage of recovery, NuLife Behavioral Health can support you and your family with our flexible outpatient programs.

Call NuLife Behavioral Health Today to Learn More About Our Programs

Don’t let benzos control your life. Learn how our clinic can help you and your loved ones thrive. If you’re ready to get started with benzo addiction treatment in Massachusetts, call us now at 888.568.2057 to start our programs today.