Benzodiazepine Addiction Is the Nation’s Other, Less-Discussed Drug Problem
You’ve undoubtedly heard about America’s widespread opioid epidemic.
Opioid addiction often starts with a prescription, later ending in out-of-control abuse and overdose. Unbeknownst to many, the same is true of benzodiazepine medications, such as:
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Diastat Acudial (diazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Tranxene (clorazepate)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
Medications like those listed above are typically used to treat anxiety disorders, prevent seizures, and help with alcohol withdrawals. However, in many cases, it quickly takes hold in the life of the user, who requires more and more benzodiazepine medication for the same level of relief. This is shaping up to be a new prescription drug epidemic of its own.
Though opioid use and abuse are more widespread, statistically speaking, the trends are similar and continue to escalate similarly. According to an article from the New England Journal of Medicine, the number of deaths resulting from benzodiazepine overdose is now seven times what it was 20 years ago. Benzodiazepine prescriptions have also increased dramatically within that time, rising from 8 million to nearly 14 million annually.
If you or someone you love has been caught up in a cycle of benzodiazepine dependence or addiction, reach out to Acceptance Recovery Center for help by calling today.
Benzodiazepine Drug Rehabilitation Treatment in Scottsdale
You are not alone in your addiction. When you walk through the doors of Acceptance Recovery Center, you gain access to the camaraderie, encouragement, and practical support you need to conquer addiction for good. Our drug rehabilitation programs in Scottsdale are all about empowering you to reach your goals and experience the freedom of long-term sobriety. All you have to do to get started is reach out and ask for help.
If someone you love is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction or prescription drug abuse of any kind, we are available to serve you, too. We can help you set your loved one up for long-term success by providing you with all the information you need to guide them in the right direction.
Benzodiazepine addiction takes lives, but we are committed to saving them. Call to learn about our benzodiazepine rehab program in Scottsdale.
Dr. Greg Gale has been practicing and providing leadership in the field of psychiatry, substance use, and integrated care in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 11 years. He joins us from his role as a national medical director overseeing behavioral health, substance use, and integrated care services for Humana Behavioral Health. Previously, he was CMO and VP of Clinical Services at Partners in Recovery, a not-for-profit behavioral health and substance use service organization, which operates five clinics throughout Maricopa County.