Benzos, or benzodiazepines, are a kind of psychoactive medication most commonly used to treat many different conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, insomnia, other panic disorders, seizures, and sometimes alcohol withdrawal.
It acts on the brain by making it less sensitive to stimulation and calming the person’s mind and body. As a result, your body produces a natural chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid, responsible for memory, reasoning, emotions, and essential functions like breathing.
Most Common Benzodiazepines
Benzos increase the effects of this chemical to reduce anxiety and cause sedation. The most common benzos are Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, and Restoril. While they are a very helpful and useful medication for many people, they also have a very high risk for dependency, abuse, and addiction.
How Does Benzodiazepine Affect the Body?
Benzodiazepines effects on the body are produced almost immediately. This means it is only meant for treating short-term or as-needed symptoms, which are all too common with panic and anxiety disorders. Addiction to this kind of drug is very common, mostly because of its intoxicating effects on the body.
Like all other drugs, a tolerance will begin to build up until you require higher doses to achieve the same effect after a while of use. As you begin to take larger and larger doses, the risks will start to increase as well.
Can Benzo Cause Death?
Benzodiazepines have become popularized and seem to be the drug of choice for many famous people. Artists like Eminem, Green Day, Lil Wayne, and Duran Duran, to name a few, have all sung or rapped about this kind of drug in their music as if it is something to be worshipped. But, unfortunately, as popular as it is, many famous people have succumbed to their deadly effects, including Heath Ledger, Lil Peep, and DJ AM.
The short answer to the question of can they cause death is yes, they can. Many people do argue that it is not possible to overdose on Benzos on their own., but this just is not true. It may take a higher amount on its own to overdose, but it is entirely possible. It takes much less when it is combined with other substances like drugs or alcohol.
How Do Benzodiazepines Interact With Other Drugs?
Its interaction with other drugs/alcohol is the main cause of benzo-related deaths. Mixing benzos with other central nervous system depressants like alcohol or opioids can lead to a deadly concoction. Benzo-related deaths are most often due to deadly suppression of breathing and the circulatory system. Essentially, you will stop breathing because your body can no longer do it anymore.
Benzodiazepines Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawing from Benzos can also be quite dangerous and even deadly. When this drug is suddenly stopped, or the dose is much smaller than the body is used to, it will lead to withdrawal. These symptoms can include complications, including seizures. In many cases, withdrawal from benzos can even result in shock and death.
Start Benzodiazepine Treatment Program at Recreate Life Counseling
The likelihood of dying from benzodiazepines is lessened the earlier you get the help you need. First, you will need to participate in a medically assisted detox where doctors and medical professionals can help you safely get the benzos from your system.
We advised that detox be followed by a treatment plan to ensure you have the best chance at long-term sobriety. So if you want to get off benzodiazepines today, don’t hesitate to give Recreate Life Counseling a call. We can help you turn your life around, so you don’t have to lose your life.