How to Unhook Yourself from Tranquilizers

How to Unhook Yourself from Tranquilizers | Transcend Recovery Community

It’s actually quite easy to fall into the trap of an addiction, especially one to tranquilizers. If you’ve experienced any sort of injury, or if you’ve been prescribed one for anxiety, it’s easy to become dependent upon them. It’s quite simple to develop a necessity for them in your life.

In fact, some people become dependent on tranquilizers inadvertently. If you have been taking tranquilizers for more than a few months, you might be vulnerable to developing an addiction. This is even true if you’ve followed all of your doctor’s order and did not abuse the prescription provided to you. However, if you stop taking them suddenly, there’s a good chance you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms.

Tranquilizers and benzodiazepines commonly prescribed, provided here with both their generic and medical names, include:

  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Klonopin or Rivotril (clonazepam)
  • Restoril (temazepam)
  • Rohypnol (flunitrazepam)
  • Dalmane (flurazepam)
  • Imovane (zopiclone)
  • Ambien (zoldipem)
  • Lunesta (eszopiclone)

Benzodiazepines have a relatively high dependence rating of 1.89 on a 3 point scale. They are commonly prescribed for anxiety. However, they are also very effective in treating alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The risk with benzodiazepines, however, is that they are highly addictive and have severe withdrawal symptoms, as mentioned earlier. Yet, if a recovering addict can take benzodiazepines as prescribed, they usually won’t experience the risk of addiction. In fact, taking them in the right way can greatly facilitate their alcohol detox process. However, if an addiction does develop, the withdrawal process from benzodiazepines can be severe.

Similarly, there is a significant risk of seizure, strokes, heart attacks, or hallucinations if the withdrawal from tranquilizers happens suddenly. The irony of tranquilizers is that they’re prescribed for anxiety and sleep. But the longer you take them the more they increase your anxiety and disturb your sleep.

Yet, for those who are taking these drugs without a prescription, there is a high risk for health hazards. When someone gets a hold of and uses prescription drugs in a way other than how they are prescribed, it is considered abuse.

If you’re addicted to tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, or sleeping pills, you’re going to have to go through a withdrawal process, as you would any other drug. During detox, you will be medically tended to so that your psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms do not become too severe. In fact, in some cases, there may be safe medication that you can take that can minimize the effects of the withdrawal process.

If you attend a drug treatment program, which is always recommended because weaning off a drug at too quick a pace can be dangerous, you’ll have access to other resources in addition to the detox process. You’ll likely have the opportunity to meet with drug counselors to discuss your unique situation and the needs you have in order to stay sober. You’ll also be in touch with a community of men and women who are also attempting to get sober. Lastly, you’ll have a team of supportive professionals that are looking out for your well-being.

In fact, whether you’re addicted to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, or tranquilizers, it’s always best to rely upon mental health professionals to facilitate the start of your recovery. Attempting to do it alone can be damaging to your body and even unsuccessful. Having a supportive team, however, ensures your sobriety. Furthermore, a team of people at the start of your recovery can also facilitate creating a plan for preventing relapse in the future. Addiction is a difficult experience to heal from. Getting unhooked, no matter what you’re addicted to, is going to require a community of friends, family, and professional support.


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