Prescription Drug Addiction: Sedatives & Tranquilizers


One of the most widely prescribed medications contributing to prescription drug addiction include central nervous system depressants (CNS) which have a sedating or tranquilizing effect. These can be divided into two classes:

• Barbiturates, used to relieve anxiety, tension, and sleep disorders.
• Benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Librium, Klonapin and Xanax.

These are prescribed for relief of anxiety, panic attacks and stress. Prescription drugs in this category tend to have a calming or sedating effect.

CNS depressants as indicated work by depressing the central nervous system. Their affect on neurotransmitters reduce brain activity while increasing certain brain chemicals that produce a calming effect. Because of this depressing effect, barbiturates and benzodiazepines should not be combined with other depressants, such as alcohol, OTC cold medicines or other CNS depressants as they can slow the respiratory system to a level that results in death.

This classification of drugs results in a high level of prescription drug addiction if used for prolonged periods of time. Abrupt cessation of these medications can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms. Because of the depressant effect on the central nervous system, sudden absence of this chemical the brain has come to rely on can lead to a spike in neural activity that leads to convulsions or seizures. This is the most serious class of prescription drugs to withdrawal from. Medically supervised detox is highly recommended.

Discontinuing use of barbiturates or benzodiazepines may result in re-occurrence of the initial symptom the drug was attempting to treat. Anxiety and insomnia may occur. For this reason, most people suffering from prescription drug addiction to CNS depressants will need to learn how to address these imbalances along with their addiction.

Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment for Sedatives & Tranquilizers

Treatment methods for prescription drug addiction to Valium, sedatives, tranquilizers and other CNS depressants is best accomplished in the safe and supportive environment of an Inpatient drug rehab center.

An Inpatient stay at a drug rehab center offers multiple benefits. Of primary importance is a safe detox from CNS depressants. SouthCoast Recovery offers state licensed, medically safe detox with 24 hour care. Withdrawal symptoms are eased with mild medication, detoxification massage, acupuncture and herbal remedies to assist in minimizing your discomfort during withdrawal from prescription drug depressants. Once detox is complete, there may remain some discomfort from the initial symptoms the drug was intended to treat, such as anxiety.

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Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

For individuals struggling with prescription drug addiction, it's necessary to undergo a clinical evaluation in order to determine whether there is the possibility of dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is the term for two co-occurring disorders, such as chemical imbalance associated with anxiety and depression combined with prescription drug addiction or alcoholism. It's not unusual for people to self-medicate in order to find relief from symptoms associated with chemical imbalance. SouthCoast Recovery has a clinical therapist with 44 years in the treatment of underlying issues associated with drug abuse.

In addition, individuals with prescription drug addiction to Valium, Xanax and other CNS depressants are more likely to stay free from relapse if they are introduced to healthier manners of coping and releasing stress and anxiety. Holistic therapies such as massage and acupuncture have been proven to help reduce stress and improve the ability to handle it. Learning how to live life free of prescription drug addiction is something we have a great deal of experience with at SouthCoast Recovery.

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SouthCoast Recovery offers Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction to Sedatives & Tranquilizers

SouthCoast Recovery offers residential treatment in Dana Point, California, for individuals struggling with prescription drug addiction to Valium, Xanax, Klonapin and other sedatives. We offer state-licensed, medically supervised detox and residential care for 30, 60, 90 days and 6 month transitional living. Our highly qualified clinical and holistic staff members are some of the most skilled professionals in the recovery field. SouthCoast Recovery is the leading drug rehab center for prescription drug addiction in Orange County.

For effective, affordable treatment call us today. Professional intake coordinators are available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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