Benzodiazepines are a type of psychoactive drug and are widely prescribed throughout the United States. These drugs are used to treat problems such as anxiety, seizures, relax muscles and induce sleep. Generally, the short-term use of these drugs is relatively safe; however, Americans across the nation use them for the long-term and become addicted to them. Some common benzodiazepines prescribed in the country are Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Diazepam, among many others. Benzodiazepines are prescribed legally, yet are easily obtained illegally. Most people who abuse these drugs are getting them from friends or family. However, the pills can be easily purchased from street-level drug dealers in most major cities.
Newman Interventions performs many interventions for families with loved ones who are addicted to benzodiazepines. An addiction to benzos progresses gradually, and most start with a legitimate prescription. The family may not know what is going on, or just believe the family member requires the drug for a certain medical condition. However, long-term use leads to dependency, which creates tolerance for the drug. Essentially, the body and mind become accustomed to the drugs and require them daily. The family may start to notice changes, both behavioral and physical. One clear sign is they are going through their prescriptions quickly, and require immediate refills.