Benzodiazepine abuse is more common than you may think. Left untreated
, abusing these drugs can negatively impact your relationships, career, and your physical and emotional health. Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers. Familiar names include Valium
. They are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. When people without prescriptions
obtain and take these drugs for their sedating effects, use turns into abuse.
Sometimes people who have prescriptions misuse their medications, as well. Taking too much and running out of the prescription, being overly focused on when you can take the next one and feeling you can’t live without it might also be signs of a problem.
Doctors may prescribe a benzodiazepine for the following legitimate medical conditions:
Benzodiazepines act on the central nervous system
, produce sedation and muscle relaxation, and lower anxiety
Although more than 2,000 different benzodiazepines have been produced, only about 15 are currently FDA-approved in the United States. They are usually classified by how long their effects last.