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Signs of Benzo Dependence

a woman considers the signs of benzo dependence

How do you know if you or someone you care about needs to be admitted into a benzo detox center? First, you need to look for signs of benzo dependence or addiction. Some people struggling with benzo use disorder may not even be aware that they have a substance use problem. Are you concerned about yourself or someone you know or love? Keep in mind that it is very easy to form a benzo dependency. The unlikeliest people can develop an addiction to benzodiazepines because these drugs are legally manufactured and prescribed by medical professionals but they are also available on the streets illicitly. If you or someone you care about is looking for Xanax addiction treatment options, call Silicon Beach Treatment Center today at 213.460.1706 or contact our team online.

What Are the Psychological Signs of Benzo Dependence?

Although benzodiazepines have a calming effect, they are also highly addictive. Unfortunately, developing a benzo addiction usually leads to many negative symptoms. Here are the typical cognitive and psychosocial signs of benzo dependence:

  • Confusion, memory difficulties, and poor concentration
  • Feelings of hostility, intense irritability, or anger
  • Emotional detachment and dysregulation
  • Impaired judgment
  • Perceptual disturbances
  • Reduced inhibition
  • Slowed thought processes
  • Sudden mood changes

What Are the Physical Signs of Benzo Dependence?

Benzodiazepine dependence can result in many physical and behavioral symptoms that are much easier to spot than psychological signs of addiction, such as the following:

  • Blurred vision and headaches
  • Drowsiness and fainting
  • Failing to meet work or home expectations
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Isolating from family and social withdrawal
  • Light-headedness, muscle weakness, and unsteadiness
  • No longer participating in formerly enjoyable activities
  • Visiting multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions

When Should Someone Get Admitted Into a Benzo Detox Center?

Once you’ve confirmed that there are psychological and physical signs of benzo dependence, the next step is to confront yourself or the person you love. Sometimes, this will need the support of other people and can even be in the form of an intervention led by a trained professional.

Benzodiazepines alone do not typically result in death, even in large doses. However, some symptoms of benzo withdrawal can be life-threatening. Taking benzos with alcohol can lead to incidents that could be fatal. If you or someone you care about has a benzo addiction, it’s best to seek professional treatment for it before the substance use disorder leads to severe immobility or death.

Many guests may prefer inpatient treatment. However, in many cases, benzo addiction will require extensive treatment that would keep them out of their home or work for extended periods of time. Therefore, it may not be the right program for those that can’t get away from school or work. Outpatient rehab is quite similar to inpatient treatment but the guests don’t live full-time at an addiction treatment center. Instead, they can live at home and deal with their daily responsibilities, while regularly attending treatment sessions at a nearby center. At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we are proud to offer a range of outpatient treatment options.

Should You Consider Medication-Assisted Treatment?

A benzo rehab center is not just a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) center. Undergoing any MAT option is completely up to each guest and is only meant to help them go through the mental and physical process of recovery in a more comfortable manner. While the body is detoxified and getting used to not having harmful substances in it, other forms of care such as talk therapy can be used to uncover the roots of addiction.

Seek Treatment at Silicon Beach Treatment Center Today

Are you looking for addiction treatment options? Call Silicon Beach Treatment Center at 213.460.1706 or contact our team online. We can help.