Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine Facts (Xanax, Ativan,Valium, Klonopin, etc.)

Benzodiazepines (benzos), common in drug abuse, are often referred to as “tranquilizers.” Xanax, Ativen, Valium and Klonopin are well-known benzos. They are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that have an effect on the brain similar to that of alcohol. It is extremely dangerous to drink alcohol or use other CNS depressants, such as opiates, while taking benzodiazepines. …

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Addicted Moms: Everybody Knows Somebody

More working moms are soothing frazzled nerves with an extra glass of Cabernet or a borrowed Xanax. Whether wine, alcohol or prescription drugs, could this growing trend toward self-medication spin into full-blown addiction? Here, moms reveal their secret lives as addicts, how they concealed their dependence and how they freed themselves by getting sober. from Working …

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Xanax, Ativan, Valium And Other Benzos

Even though the use of benzodiazepines (benzos) has declined as more effective drugs have reached the market, three drugs, Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), are among the top 50 prescribed drugs in the US. Valium is one of the most prescribed in the world. Benzodiazepine drugs, also called “tranquilizers,” have been in use since 1960, when Librium was first marketed. …

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Strength? We don’t need no stinkin’ strength!

Nowadays I hear a lot of folks saying (to recovering people) things like “You’re so strong!” and “Be strong!”  I hear newcomers say “I pray for the strength to beat my addiction,” and other stuff like that.  While I understand the thinking behind such remarks (all too well), there are a few comments I’d like …

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Oklahoma Linebacker Died of “Mixed Drug Toxicity”

In another tragic example of legitimately prescribed pain medication leading to abuse, it was revealed yesterday that Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box had five different painkillers and a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drug in his body at the time of his death.  Box was exposed to painkillers after multiple surgeries that followed football injuries. In addition to the …

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Painkillers Aren’t The Only Rx Drugs To Worry About

When we speak of prescription drug abuse, addiction and the complications (including deaths) that accompany their use, we usually talk about Percodan, Percocet, Oxycontin and similar opioid drugs.  There is no question that these are the biggies in terms of unintended consequences — severe dependency, addiction, overdose and death.   There are, however other drugs that …

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Is Medical Detox Really Necessary?

I received an email from a hard-nosed recovering addict/alcoholic who stated, in essence, that inpatient detox isn’t necessary, that he did it on his own, and that all anyone needs is a (little of this, little of that) to get through it just fine, and he knows a bunch of folks who did it that …

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I’m In Recovery. Should I Be Taking Ativan?

Q. I’m taking a benzo (Ativan®) for anxiety on the advice of my psychiatrist.  My sponsor says it’s an addictive drug, and that I need to stop taking it.  Do I? A.  Your sponsor is correct.  There is no question that Ativan® (lorazepam) is a highly-addictive drug, and that long-term use by anyone is undesirable.  In …

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Questions In Early Sobriety

I want to share a letter I recently received from a guy in early sobriety, along with the response I gave.  The letter is SO typical of the cares and worries of people in early sobriety that I think most folks will be able to relate.  I edited a bit for brevity, believe it or …

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