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Help for Addiction to Benzos and Alcohol

Help for Addiction to Benzos and AlcoholAustin residents with anxiety disorders (diagnosed or undiagnosed) frequently turn to alcohol to calm them down. When they see a physician or psychiatrist for their ailment, many are prescribed a benzodiazepine to control the symptoms of anxiety. Unfortunately, those who have already found solace in alcohol are not likely to give it up now that they have another form of treatment, despite the well-known health risks that arise from mixing alcohol and benzos.

Familiar Benzodiazepines

Some commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include the following:

  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Clonazepam (Rivotril, Klonopin)

Others are less well known, but the information sheet that accompanies each prescription will indicate if the drug in question is a benzodiazepine. For drugs obtained illegally, the nature of the substance will likely be harder to determine. The easiest way to determine the nature of illegally obtained substances is to surrender all known samples of the drug to law enforcement upon the user’s arrest, hospitalization or voluntary entrance into rehab, at which point the drugs will be submitted for laboratory analysis.

Effects of Mixing Benzos and Alcohol

The dangers of taking benzodiazepines and alcohol include the following:

  • Inability to remember how much of each drug one has consumed
  • Impaired breathing
  • Lack of judgment and good sense
  • Disorientation
  • Mnemonic problems, including amnesia and increased chance of alcohol blackout
  • Markedly insensitive or erratic behavior
  • Loss of motor coordination
  • Sleepiness
  • Unconsciousness

These effects may or may not be permanent; there is no way to tell ahead of time. Once the damage has been done, the only option left for many drug users is to feel guilty, which drives them to use more of the same drugs out of a sense of hopelessness and a desire to forget.

Treatment for Co-Occurring Benzodiazepine and Alcohol Addiction

Austin residents addicted to both benzodiazepines and alcohol need professional help to understand the gravity of their actions and the necessity of immediate recovery help. Medical detoxification specialists and addiction recovery therapists will work together to formulate a treatment plan that flushes the drugs from the patient’s body as quickly as he or she can handle while minimizing long-term damage. Other forms of conversational and active therapy will be employed to develop the patient’s physical recovery resources and rebuild the patient’s sense of self-worth. To learn more about how residential recovery works or to find help for someone struggling with a combined alcohol and benzodiazepine addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available to answer your call 24 hours a day, so call now and let us help you find your way to freedom.