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Help for Addiction to Benzos and AlcoholBenzodiazepines are a class of drugs often used to treat anxiety and panic disorders as well as insomnia. They control the release of stress-related hormones in the brain and allow the muscles to relax, relieving the symptoms of anxiety. Because they produce a euphoric “high,” it is not uncommon for people to use them recreationally. Benzodiazepines (benzos) produce effects similar to those of alcohol including slowed reactions, slurred speech, drowsiness, lightheadedness, confusion, nausea, impaired judgment and loss of coordination.

Why Do Addictions Co-Occur?

Benzos and alcohol create one of the riskiest combinations of substances, but many people continue to abuse both. Some develop these habits as a form of self-medication for anxiety or depression. Some are unaware of the risks that accompany benzodiazepine use and are also unaware that those risks are heightened when the drug is combined with alcohol in the body. Users may hope to relieve emotional turmoil, ease physical tension, negate symptoms of a sleep disorder or increase the desirable aspects of recreational drug use.

What Are the Dangers of Using Benzos and Alcohol?

Benzodiazepines and alcohol are central nervous system depressants, and each can magnify the effects of the other. Combining then is dangerous and is a common cause of intoxication-related hospital admissions and accidents. The combination of benzos and alcohol can slow or even stop certain natural functions pertaining to the kidneys, liver, brain and heart. A large enough dose of benzos and alcohol can shut down these vital organs and cause coma or death.

What Does Addiction Treatment Involve?

Treatment for co-occurring addictions will involve a medically supervised withdrawal phase in which use of benzodiazepines and alcohol will be tapered, while the addict is in a safe and controlled environment. Afterwards counseling and other forms of therapy will help the addict delve into the emotional issues behind the addiction and teach him or her to deal with these in a constructive rather than destructive way. Recovering addicts will learn how to manage addiction and mental health and will be given the tools to avoid relapse and live a healthy and drug-free life.

Help for Addictions to Benzos and Alcohol

If you are struggling with addiction, call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a recovery counselor about your treatment options. Recovery is not easy, but it is possible, and our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you take the first step toward achieving it.