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Signs and Symptoms of Benzo Abuse

signs of benzo abuse

Benzos or benzodiazepines are tranquilizers that are designed to create sedative effects on the human body.

Many benzos are prescribed to treat medical conditions like anxiety and insomnia, and some of the most popular benzos include Xanax and Valium. Unfortunately like many other drugs, some people may start to abuse these substances and can easily become addicted. Without proper treatment like at our drug and alcohol rehab center in Philadelphia, a benzo addiction could lead to serious consequences including financial issues, health problems, mental health issues, and the destruction of close relationships.

Benzo Abuse Symptoms to Look Out For

If you suspect that your loved one may be abusing drug such as benzos, our rehab center in Philadelphia may be able to help. It can be scary to think that your loved one has a problem, but there is something you can do to help them. Read our list of signs and symptoms associated with benzo abuse, so that you can get your loved one the benzo addiction treatment they need sooner rather than later.

  • Drowsiness and confusion
  • Complaining of blurry vision
  • Frequent mood changes
  • Slower reaction time or poor coordination | Because benzos are tranquilizers, this is one of the most obvious signs of benzo abuse.
  • Pill popping on a frequent basis, especially if this increases over time. | People who are addicted to benzos will start to become tolerant of the drug and will require more to experience the same effects.
  • Multiple doctor visits | In order to sustain their addiction, the addict may go to several different doctors or schedule frequent visits with the same doctor.
  • Secretive behavior to hide their addiction | This may also include them withdrawing altogether.
  • Problems sleeping, poor concentration, anxiety, headaches, and weight loss [1]
  • Other substance abuse | It is not uncommon for addicts to abuse more than one type or drug.
  • Mental health issues | Many people turn to drugs to cope with poor mental health, but their abuse can actually make matters worse. If your loved one seems depressed as well, it may one of many signs of benzo abuse.

  • If your loved one is exhibiting many of the signs of benzo abuse above, trust your gut. Our PHP and IOP treatment options are designed to help your loved one regain control of their addiction.

    The first step is to get your loved one help. Call us today at 888-280-4763 to learn more about our addiction treatment center in Philadelphia and get started. They will thank you one day.


    1. PubMed.gov – The benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome
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