What Are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a group of sedative drugs that work by having a calming effect on the brain and central nervous system. Doctors usually prescribe them to treat anxiety, insomnia, and other mental disorders.
If you take benzodiazepines in high doses, you may experience feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Some kinds of benzodiazepines are relatively easy to obtain. According to a 2018 report by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 12.5% of adults in the United States have used benzodiazepines.
While short-term use of benzodiazepines can be an effective medical treatment, long-term use can be dangerous. You can develop a dependency in as little as two weeks. While addiction is more likely if the substance is used for its pleasurable effects, it can develop even if you take it exactly as your doctor prescribed.
Benzodiazepine addiction is when you compulsively take the substance despite knowing the negative consequences to your mental and physical health. Long-term effects of benzodiazepines include an increased risk of dementia and brain damage. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can also be hazardous. If you withdraw too quickly, it may even result in death.
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