There’s a whole class of drugs that owes its origins to the pharmaceutical industry under names like Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, Librium, and Xanax. They’re called Benzodiazepines or “benzos” and are responsible for antianxiety and anti-panic medication. They’ve been around for a while with major addictions starting in the 1970s and 80s. Popularity dipped in the late 80s and 90s when antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft became all the rage, but we’re starting to see a rise in these addictions once again thanks to a clever marketing campaign by the Big Pharma companies that position Xanax for uses other than just panic control.

It’s important to understand with Benzos do to your body so that you can avoid an unnecessary addiction or, if you’re already hooked, so that you can understand the necessity for drug addiction treatment to get them out of your system.

Cognitive Issues

The first of many long term effects of benzo abuse is impaired concentration, memory, and acute disinhibition, in which the addict has an inability to restrain his or her actions with a disregard for social norms and a propensity for taking unnecessary risks. The fuzzy thinking contributes to an inability to focus attention and can lead to dementia after years of abuse.

Mood Disorders

As a mood-altering class of drugs, benzos mess with your emotional stability over the long term. Users undergo noticeable personality changes and experience a clouding of emotions that makes them exceptionally sensitive to overwhelming emotions that override logic and reason. Depression and anxiety are common symptoms despite being the very conditions these drugs are designed to help with.

Sleep Problems

Extended use of benzos results in dependence on the drugs and often results in problems getting quality sleep, along with difficulty breathing during sleep.

Physical Impairments

Long term benzo abuse causes nausea, lethargy, and sexual dysfunction as well as taking a serious toll on the immune system. This attack on the immune system is especially concerning with expectant mothers who have issues with miscarriages due to a misperception on the part of the immune system.


The culmination of long term benzo problems is often a propensity toward suicidal thoughts and self-harm as the mood disorders and physical impairments build to a near unbearable depression and lethargy.

Addiction and withdrawal are certainly not a welcome side effect of this process and can keep a person from getting the help they need to break the cycle of prescription pill abuse. If you’re stuck in a dependency situation with benzodiazepines, get in touch with our treatment staff here at Treatment Now to schedule a consultation. There’s no sense in waiting this out because it will likely only get worse over time.

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