BENZODIAZEPINES AND SEDATIVES
Sedatives are a class of substances that cause a decreased physiologic state that can cause relaxation, induce sleep, decrease alertness, and calm the user. Among this class of substances are drugs that are used to create sleep, drugs that are used to decrease anxiety and stimulation, and drugs that are taken to prevent seizures. These substances are also used to treat sedative withdrawal and to assist in alcohol detox. Sedatives are sometimes also referred to as tranquilizers.
Sleep-inducing agents include Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata, and barbiturates such as Seconal and Amytal. Barbiturates are also found in the commonly prescribed and often abused medication called Fiorcet and Furinol. These medications contain the barbiturate butalbital.
Anti-anxiety medications typically contain a benzodiazepine, such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin. Benzodiazepines are more commonly prescribed than barbiturates because they are less likely to cause overdose when taken alone. However, when mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or barbiturates, they can easily work in conjunction with the other substance to cause overdose, which can lead to death.
Unfortunately, when a drug abuser enters into sedative withdrawal, the exact symptoms that one seeks to relieve by taking the drug is produced. Patients in benzodiazepine and sedative withdrawal experience a hyper-aroused and agitated state, oftentimes with difficulty in concentration and thought processing. In its severe form, seizures (convulsions), heart attack, and stroke can occur. Because of this, it is important that a person who is addicted to benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Ativan receive treatment in an inpatient drug detox. Medically assisted detox will provide the monitoring and support needed, as well as provide medication, nutritional, and emotional support.
There are non-addictive medications that can be prescribed for anxiety. A patient who is suffering from a sedative addiction and has a dual diagnosis disorder, such as panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, can be switched to a non-addictive medication to safely treat the co-occurring disorder. In order to benefit fully from his/her treatment, the patient should be treated in a dual diagnosis drug rehab that can address all facets of addition; including the medical, psychiatric, and social aspects.
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