What to Expect When Detoxing from Benzodiazepines
Often used to treat anxiety and similar conditions, benzodiazepines – or “benzos” for short – are often thought of as relatively safe for regular use. However, this perception ignores the potential dangers of these substances. Many health officials believe that benzodiazepine abuse constitutes a hidden epidemic of sorts, noting the danger of benzos in terms of fostering dependence, addiction, nasty withdrawals, and even deadly consequences when taken alongside opioids or other substances. There were 8 times as many overdose deaths involving benzos in 2016 as there were in 2002. Benzodiazepine detox and withdrawal; however, does not have to be unsafe.
Benzos are commonly abused – and sometimes even prescribed – in combination with opioids. One study found that “more than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involved benzodiazepines“. With benzodiazepine prescriptions on the rise despite these dangers, anyone who is at risk for developing a dependence, or who is already abusing these substances, needs to be aware of the potential consequences of their continued use.