Benzodiazepine and Barbiturates addiction

Benzodiazepine and Barbiturates Addiction

Barbiturates are classified in a group of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Barbiturates became a popular treatment for Insomnia and Anti-Anxiety in the 1960s and 70s. Since then they have fallen out of favor and were replaced by a new class of drug: Benzodiazepines.

As Barbiturates declined in medical spheres, they remain a threat of pill addiction especially in youths. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, and Ativan have long been prescribed for substance abuse withdrawal, insomnia, anti depressant and anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, these depressants also have a high potential for abuse. They are both physically and psychologically addictive, and a dependent person will experience withdrawal symptoms, similar to alcohol withdrawal, if they stop taking them suddenly. Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines withdraw symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stomach pain
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Abnormal sensitivity to light and noise
  • Shaking

The most dangerous issue is the possibility of seizures. For this reason, benzodiazepines detox should be performed only under the supervision of a medical professional. At Sunrise Detox, we use a benzodiazepines medical detox protocol that is proven to keep guests safe and comfortable during the Benzodiazepines detoxification process.


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