Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium)
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are more commonly known as tranquilizers. They may be prescribed for individuals with anxiety or similar conditions. Signs of addiction to benzos are described below.
- Use of Other Drugs – Perhaps only 20% of individuals who abuse benzodiazepines do so without simultaneously abusing other substances (also known as “polydrug” abuse). In particular, benzos are most commonly used in conjunction with opiates with alcohol following in a close second.
- Memory Problems – Difficulty remembering is often a hallmark of benzodiazepine abuse. This may be accompanied by trouble maintaining attention over long periods of time and trouble judging space in the environment.
- Mood Swings – Also called paradoxical disinhibition, this occurs when the person becomes aggressive, hostile, impulsive, excited, or irritable. The person may act antisocial by being violent or inappropriate. This sign is most common in youth, seniors, or individuals who are developmentally disabled.
- Depression – A number of people who abuse benzos become depressed; some also begin having suicidal thoughts.