With Benzos, Withdrawing Is Difficult The benzodiazepines, or benzos, have been prescribed since 1960 (with Valium). They are a class of psychiatric drugs with hypnotic, sedative, anti-anxiety, euphoric, anti-convulsant, and muscle-relaxant properties. Today, benzos are the largest class of psychiatric drugs prescribed with over 83 million prescriptions in 2009. For all their properties to lower anxiety and ease users into a pleasantly detached state of mind, benzos are incredibly addictive. With benzos, withdrawing is difficult, a true ordeal. Symptoms that come from eliminating long-term or high-dose use can be deadly. Why Is It That With Benzos, Withdrawing Is Difficult? Xanax is the benzodiazepine that gets the most flack from the psychiatric community for its intensely addictive quality. Despite this, it remains the most prescribed, with over 44 million Xanax prescriptions in 2009. Xanax works well and it\u2019s cheap. It also has an extremely short half-life (six to 20 hours), which is the amount of the time a drug takes to leave the body. A brain responds to benzos by decreasing its production of GABA (gaba-aminobutyric acid), a neurochemical that lowers anxiety and increases a sense of well-being. When benzos are withdrawn, the brain isn\u2019t quite ready to go back online with full GABA production. This lack of GABA, a chemical all healthy brains produce, is part of the reason that with benzos, withdrawing is difficult. It\u2019s only in aligning the body and its brain chemistry to a healthy normal that a person can begin to feel better. In the meantime, symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal can be quite uncomfortable. After Quitting Benzos, Withdrawing Symptoms Begin Benzos withdrawing symptoms get worse the higher their dosage and the longer they've taken benzos. However, even people who have been taking benzodiazepines at a relatively low dose may feel uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms include: \tIncreased tension, anxiety, and panic attacks \tIrritability and agitation \tSevere sleep disturbance \tHeadache \tDifficulty concentrating \tConfusion \tMemory loss \tVomiting and nausea \tMuscle pain and stiffness \tDecreased appetite \tHeart palpitations \tSeizures \tHallucinations \tPsychosis \tSuicidal ideation Part of the harm in benzos popularity is the misunderstanding that it is safe to take them for an extended period of time. Many patients receive regularly increased prescriptions for many years. Benzos aren't meant for long-term use, only for acute assistance with anxiety and panic. Administering them this way produces the lowest chance of dependence. For those individuals who have become addicted through no fault of their own\u2013, and others who may have obtained benzos illegally and become addicted, there is help. It is very important to withdraw from these drugs with the help of a knowledgeable physician. It is also powerfully beneficial to seek the support of others who have or are currently experiencing benzo addiction and withdrawal themselves. The process may be rocky, but your brain and body will thank you once you\u2019ve made the commitment and completed the withdrawal process. Addiction Detox and Therapy at Lucida Treatment Lucida Treatment helps treat benzo addiction through detox and therapy. Detox helps your body purge benzodiazepines from your system, and overcome your physical dependency on benzos. After detox, therapy tackles the psychological roots of addiction. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you get and stay sober. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's benzo addiction treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want to get sober, Lucida Treatment can help! Contact us online or call us today at to overcome benzo addiction for good!