Benzodiazepines “benzos” are clinically known as tranquilizers. They are also known as one of the most popularly prescribed medications in the United States.

Of course, the popularity of benzos also makes the drug one of the most abused.

Doctors prescribe benzos for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, muscle tension and to relax someone before surgery or a medical procedure.

Influencing the central nervous system, benzos relax muscles, produce sedation and reduce anxiety.

Depending upon the dosage, benzos can have a short or long duration. Short-acting benzos include:

  • Versed
  • Halcion
  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Long-acting benzos include:
  • Librium
  • Valium

People who abuse benzos take them without a prescription or purely for their sedating effects. Benzos street names are roofies, tranks, downers, goofballs, roach, heavenly blues, valo and stupefi.

People who abuse benzos take them regularly for the drug’s sedation abilities. Often, these abusers combine benzos with alcohol or other medications.

When taken alone, benzos rarely lead to death or serious consequences. However, as abusers of the drug tend to combine benzos with alcohol, the chances of an overdose rise exponentially.

Some research has also linked chronic benzo use with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.


Addiction to any drug is unhealthy, even if that drug on its own is rarely lethal. By this point, curtailing your benzo use may have crossed your mind.

Benzo withdrawal help is readily available from accredited rehabilitation centers which can assemble a custom-tailored program to help you battle your addiction.

Benzo withdrawal help is used to combat the following symptoms:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Irritability
  • Increased tension
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Trembling hands
  • Excessive sweating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Cognitive difficulty
  • Memory problems
  • Dry retching
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headache
  • Muscularpain

Benzo withdrawal help often includes a specialized process that is applied to you in response to how long you’ve been on benzos. This is because the withdrawal symptoms can be very intense.

Usually, it is recommended that benzo abusers taper off the drug with lessened doses. It is never recommended that benzo addicts quit the drug cold turkey.


Benzos take a very long time to withdrawal from. In more extreme cases, the benzo withdrawal timeline can last months, even years. This means that the acute benzo withdrawal timeline, which is the initial state of withdrawal, can last as much as 90 days, with lingering side effects occurring for up to two years.

The long benzo withdrawal timeline, along with the painful side effects, can translate into an extended inpatient stay with a rehabilitation center. The process of treatment to combat the extended timeline and discomfort can include a gradual tapering of benzo use.

Another consideration regarding the benzo withdrawal timeline is the types of food one eats.

Food with artificial sugars and additives, honey and monosodium glutamate (MSG) can intensify the withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol and caffeine can also extend the benzo withdrawal timeline.


Lately, medical and addiction experts have found gabapentin to be an effective treatment to ease the withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines.

In fact, gabapentin has become a common treatment for patients who are well enough to recover outside of a rehabilitation center.

The process for most patients is to decrease their benzodiazepine use while maintaining a continual level of gabapentin use.

While it’s clear with gabapentin that the patient is effectively swapping one drug for another, gabapentin is not nearly as addictive as benzodiazepine. And its withdrawal symptoms are less intense and shorter than that of benzodiazepine.

Once called “Mother’s little helper” in the 1960s, benzos tranquilizing power has been popular for decades. Unfortunately, benzos’ addictive powers are also well known – and difficult to overcome.

Seek out a reputable rehabilitation center that can assist you with a customized program to help you live a life that is benzo free.

If you or a loved one have an addiction issue with benzodiazepines, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers, we custom tailor our recovery programs with the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction, and help you achieve true recovery. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.

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