The first step to recovering from drug addiction is detox. Benzodiazepines are a group of central nervous system depressants. These drugs are commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Some of the most popular abused prescription drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin are benzos. Benzo withdrawal isn’t easy, but here is what people should know about it.
Withdrawal from benzos is difficult, and can even be dangerous without medical help. The detox process may be even more intense and long if alcohol was also used. Benzo detox has a high risk of seizures, so if you are interested in withdrawaling please contact us.
Common benzo withdrawal symptoms include:
- Tremors & Muscle Spasms
- Racing Heart Rate
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Aches and Pains
- Panic Attacks
- Issues with Concentration and Memory
- Visual Disturbances
- Auditory, Tactile, or Visual Hallucinations
- Feelings of Unreality
Benzo withdrawal has some of the most severe symptoms. How long detox takes depends on which type of benzo drug a person was using. Some benzos, such as Xanax, are short-acting, which means they leave the system quicker resulting in withdrawal symptoms appearing in as little as 8-12 hours.
Longer-acting benzos, such as Klonopin, stay in the body for longer. It can take one to two days for symptoms to even begin appearing. The withdrawal process for benzos takes around 5-7 days but can take up to 10 days if they were used with alcohol.
This class of drugs can be extremely dangerous to detox without medical help. If you or someone you know is struggling to benzo addiction, please contact us today!