You’re probably familiar with benzos, even if you don’t know them by that name. These drugs, formally classified as benzodiazepines, encompass a number of prescription-strength tranquilizers and sedatives. Benzos are not only legal, but in some medical contexts, they can be quite useful—in particular, for the treatment of insomnia, seizures, anxiety, and muscle relaxation. Again, the term benzos might be new to you, but perhaps you’ve heard of Xanax, Ativan, and Valium—just three common examples of these drugs.

The important thing to understand about benzos is that they can be habit-forming—and over time, they can actually produce a dangerous addiction. In fact, if you know that your friend or loved one uses these medications regularly, that’s reason enough for some mild concern.

You might also consider whether your loved one exhibits any of the symptoms of benzo addiction. Here’s a checklist you can use:

  • Blurred vision
  • General weakness
  • Drowsiness throughout the day
  • Poor judgment or lowered inhibitions
  • Asking to borrow benzos, or using benzos that aren’t prescribed to them
  • Doctor shopping in an effort to acquire more drugs
  • Mood changes
  • Trying to cut back on benzo use, but being unable to

If your loved one exhibits any of these signs, that could point to a problem with benzo addiction—and it’s a problem that is unlikely to improve, beyond clinical intervention.

Thankfully, recovery from benzo addiction is possible—and it begins with proper treatment. First, encourage your loved one to talk with one of our addiction recovery specialists. We can help you arrive at a more precise diagnosis, and from there, we can offer our services in benzo detox.

Addiction doesn’t have to be forever. Detox is the first step to freedom. Reach out to Beach City Detox to find out how your loved one can begin the journey.