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What should I know about Benzodiazepine addiction?

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2018 | Firm News

The first thing that everyone should know about benzodiazepine addiction is the fact that these drugs are potentially dangerous as they could lead to overdose and death. The second thing they should know is that possessing benzodiazepines without a prescription is illegal and could result in an arrest and drug charges.

Once a patient is addicted to benzodiazepines, however, it can be very difficult to stop taking the medication.

What effect does benzodiazepine have on the body?

Benzodiazepines have a strong effect on the body’s central nervous system (CNS). For this reason, people in the United States often use these drugs to treat their sleeping problems and anxiety. When a patient takes benzodiazepine, the drug interferes with a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA has the effect of reducing brain activity which causes patients to feel calm and sleepy.

Barbituates, such as amobarbital, pentobarbital, phenobarbital and secobarbital are also known for being CNS depressants and doctors often used them to treat seizures, anxiety and for anesthesia. However, barbiturates have a high danger of overdose, and now doctors more commonly prescribe benzodiazepines.

Benzodiazepines come with a serious problem: Patients need to take more and more of them as they build up a resistance to the drugs over time. As such, people should only take them for a temporary period that’s recommended by their doctors.

Were you arrested for unlawful benzodiazepine possession?

Many people find themselves arrested for benzodiazepine possession — not because they have criminal mindsets — but simply because they have grown to depend on the drug and it’s a difficult habit to shake. Fortunately, in many cases, the state of Illinois offers various options for rehab and treatment programs to those who are facing criminal charges while also trying to curb their drug addictions.