Tranquilizer Addiction And The Best Rehab Centers For Treatment
Medically reviewed byIsaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC
February 1, 2019
Tranquilizers are drugs that work by depressing the central nervous system in order to slow down the chemicals that cause anxiety and stress in an individual. Unfortunately, tolerance to these drugs can form quickly and leave an individual taking higher doses to get the desired effects.
When people are facing difficult stresses in their lives, doctors may prescribe them tranquilizers to help them relax and rest at night and to help with panic disorders. Tranquilizers can be divided up into three sub-categories: benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and sleeping pills. These drugs work by depressing the central nervous system, slowing down the chemicals that cause anxiety and restlessness. Unfortunately, a tolerance can form quickly with this type of drug, causing the user to either up their dosage to get the same effect, which can then lead to addiction, or to try and wean themselves off of it, only to find that they may be fully dependent on tranquilizers to get any sort of rest and relaxation. Thus, addiction is a very real problem with this type of drug.
However, it’s not only those with a prescription who can find themselves addicted to tranquilizers. These drugs can also be obtained illegally on the street for those looking for a relaxing and euphoric high. They can be bought under the names: downers, hypno, tranx, benzos, moggies, and bennies. Most are purchased in pill form.
Just because tranquilizers are prescription medication, doesn’t mean that they are any less dangerous. Some of the most common short-term effects are:
- Memory Loss
- Loss of Inhibition
- Muscle Weakness
- Dulled Emotions
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One of the most worrying long-terms effects is depersonalization. This is when the user feels disconnected to their body, or they feel outside themselves. This sense of losing yourself can also cause the user to slide into depression, which can cause self-harm contemplation or thoughts of suicide. Other effects are:
- Respiratory Arrest
- Cardiac Arrest
- Gastrointestinal Distress
Tranquilizer Addiction Treatment
When seeking help for tranquilizer addiction, many doctors will recommend an inpatient treatment program. This is because immediate stoppage of medication can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, or seizure. Thus, during detoxification, patients will be slowly weened off the drug and monitored 24/7 by staff who can help if there is an emergency.
Once the patient has been completely weened off the drug, intensive therapy is the next step in the process to recovery. No matter what type of program you choose, whether it is 12 Step or non-12 Step, rehabs will offer a mixture of both individual and group therapy. This allows for both privacy and the support of a group of people who are experiencing the same challenge. Once rehab is over, many doctors recommend continuing with either Sober Living services or attending weekly recovery meetings to maintain support.
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