Chemical Dependency: Benzodiazepines

Chemical Dependency: Benzodiazepines Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs used to treat anxiety.  Common benzodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan.  These drugs help to suppress overactive nerve cells, which may become excited due to anxiety or panic attacks.  Benzodiazepines can also be prescribed for sleep disorders, muscle relaxation, or for pre-surgical sedation.  This medication...
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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Prescription drugs can be found through doctors, emergency rooms, and drug dealers. After experiencing the sensation of the drugs through a personal prescription or taking one from a friend, a family member, or another source, it is easy to get addicted. Barbiturates These medications were popular for abuse in the sixties...
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What Is Ativan?

This article discusses suicide. If you are feeling suicidal or having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. The passing of a famous icon due to overdose or other mental health issues is an unfortunate way to bring spotlight to an important conversation. Chris Cornell, a solo artist and front...
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Opioids, Benzodiazepines and Overdose Death

People with substance use disorders (SUD) often mix drugs, that is when one takes two or more different types of narcotics at the same time, in order to amplify the intensity of one’s euphoria. It is relatively common for individuals to take an “upper” like cocaine with a “downer” like heroin, an action often referred...
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Concerns About Increased Use of Benzodiazepines

Mental illness impacts millions of Americans’ lives, especially those who do not receive any form of treatment. While efforts to improve access to mental health services throughout the country have been strong in recent years, the clear majority of affected Americans do not find the help they need. Experts overwhelmingly agree that those whose mental...
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