Prescription drugs are one of the most dangerous and statistically speaking problematic drug substances that we have to face in the country today when it comes to addiction. Also, prescription drugs coincidentally enough are one of the most financially beneficial developments of modern medicine for the pharmaceutical industry, and part of that is because they are so addictive. In fact, pharmacists, medical doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists just to name a few have now made it a mainstay of their profession to prescribe highly addictive and mind-altering pill drugs to their patients.
Prescription Drug Abuse
This has come at a price, however, and it has not been all that well publicized yet so not many people really know about it, unfortunately. But the truth of the matter is that psychiatric drugs, (particularly benzodiazepines), are highly addictive and dangerous because of the overdoses and intensive side effects that they can cause. Just to look at some numbers on this, from the year 2001 to the year 2013 there was an increase of four times as many deaths from benzodiazepine overdoses in our country. A lot of this is because these drugs are being prescribed at rates never before seen. People are being prescribed them, they are getting addicted to them, they overdose, and they die. Or they simply got ahold of the drugs illicitly and started taking them recreationally, got addicted, overdosed, and died. These were deaths caused by drugs as commonplace and as well known as clonazepam (Klonopin), also lorazepam (Ativan), even diazepam (Valium) and of course the most common of them all, alprazolam (Xanax).
Prescription drug abuse has become quite the problem for younger people, again especially with benzodiazepines. As for how the numbers on this breakdown, roughly no less than about thirteen percent of teens and young people report that they have taken prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin or Adderall, even when they were not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime. Moving forward from that, about nine percent of teens (about 1.9 million teens all in all and nationwide) report having misused or abused a benzodiazepine in the past year, which is coincidentally up from 6 percent in 2008. Also, about six percent of teens (1.3 million of them nationwide) report the use and abuse of benzodiazepines in the past month (which is up from 4 percent in 2008). Obviously, teen prescription drug abuse in this country is on the rise and in a big way too, especially when it comes to benzodiazepine drugs in particular.
There is more than one benzodiazepine drug. In fact, there are many different benzodiazepines with many different benzodiazepine uses. The numbers of benzo drugs just seem to grow more and more with each passing year too. Some of the more common benzodiazepine drugs are prescription pill drugs like:
- The most common one is alprazolam (Xanax, Xanax XR)
- There is also clobazam (Onfi)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin) is popular for abuse
- Clorazepate (Tranxene)
- Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) is particularly addictive
- One of the ones that have been around the longest is diazepam (Valium, Diastat Acudial, Diastat)
- Another one is estazolam (Prosom)
- A very common one is lorazepam (Ativan)
When we examine these drugs more closely, we begin to see that every single one of them has the potential for causing addiction in an individual, and each and every one of them has even been proven to cause addiction in the past as well. As one can imagine, this is very concerning as people usually start to take these drugs thinking that they are going to help them, and then they just end up getting addicted to them in the long run anyway. What this does is it paints a very difficult picture for the future of our country, and it shows that we are walking down a very negative and a very dangerous path with prescription drugs.
Benzodiazepines are a very specific class of drug that produces a central nervous system depression, and these drugs are generally speaking used to treat insomnia and anxiety and other manifestations of anxiety. Unfortunately, though, there is a strong likelihood of becoming addicted to this substance. This is why benzo drugs should be avoided if at all possible.
Best Drug Rehabilitation and Benzodiazepines Addiction
Many addiction treatment centers are able to offer excellent and very helpful services in helping people to beat their respective addictions to benzodiazepine drugs. They go about this in multiple different ways, but the primary approach here is to offer the tools and treatment functions necessary to address both the physical and the mental sides of an addiction to benzodiazepine drugs. Ultimately this will make the biggest difference and help the most. To find out which treatment facility is best for your needs, call Best Drug Rehabilitation at our toll-free number today.