How Do Benzos Work?

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are drugs that are frequently prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. Doctors also use them to help patients manage seizures, muscle spasms, panic disorders, and alcohol withdrawal.

Some well-known benzos include diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), and zoldipem (Ambien). But no matter how these different brands are marketed, all benzos produce five major effects that are used for medical treatment: anxiety relief, sleep induction, muscle relaxation, anticonvulsant, and memory impairment (useful in sedation for surgical procedures). Depending on the individual drug makeup, these different effects are exerted in varying degrees.

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Benzo Support Group

Join us at our next Benzo Support Group on January 7th.

This group was formed to help support you through the process of Benzodiazepine addiction, recovery & withdrawal, to encourage each other, and to share information.

This group can offer sympathy, advice and information for anyone going through benzo withdrawal. The most important thing YOU can do is educate yourself and use all your resources, including your doctors, internet links, books and support groups. The more you understand about benzo withdrawal, the better you will be able to cope with it

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Benzodiazepine Addiction & Recovery

Benzodiazepine Addiction & Recovery

Benzodiazepines (“benzos”) are psychoactive drugs that are widely prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Some of the most common benzodiazepines include Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), Dalmane (flurazepam), and Librium (chlordiazepoxide).

Benzodiazepines work by enhancing the effect of a neurochemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). This enhanced GABA activity results in sedative, sleep-inducing, muscle relaxing, anti-anxiety, and anticonvulsant effects, similar to the effects of alcohol.

But benzodiazepines are NOT a long-term solution.

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