American Addiction Centers is a healthcare company that focuses on behavioral care and intervention services. They offer services at their healthcare facilities located throughout the United States.
American Centers was founded in 2007 by its Co-Founder and Chairman, Michael Cartwright, and is headquartered in Brentwood, TN.
In a recent article dated October 1st of 2019, the American Addiction Centers talks about benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that work in the nervous system and are prescribed to treat a variety of medical conditions that include anxiety and insomnia.
The article begins to describe benzodiazepines or “benzos” to include, “Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Ambien, and Klonopin.”
It also includes seizures, along with anxiety as mentioned, as medical conditions that are generally prescribed benzodiazepines for treatment. The topic of the article focuses on benzodiazepines as being “dangerously addictive” and that American Addiction Centers wants its readers to be “aware of its dangers.”
Next, the article begins to talk about how this type of drug, when used, “increases activity of GABA, the chemical that “slows brain activity …” It continues and says that “over time,” “tolerance” is inherited and higher doses are needed. It also talks about “dopamine surges” that result in addiction.
Continuing, the article mentions an addiction expert who is the chief medical officer at American Addiction Centers. Dr. Weinstein recommends that drugs that fall under the classification of benzodiazepines “should not be your first treatment option.”
However, in situations when they are prescribed, he further recommends to have a “thorough discussion” about it and “should not be considered for long-term treatment.”
Dr. Weinstein reveals that a continuous increase of use with this type of drug has been found and at an alarming rate. He adds that in a very short time, someone can become “dangerously addicted.”
The article continues to describe some of the effects of benzodiazepines, one of which is said to be “strongly associated with the risk of dementia.” The article then moves forward and provides a list of the “signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse.”
Drowsiness, slurred speech, lack of coordination, and poor judgment are only to mention a few of the symptoms described on the list. In addition, the article also includes “behavioral signs of abuse.”
Shifts in personality, uncharacteristic secrecy and lying, and combining benzos with alcohol and other substances are only to name a few that are listed as behavioral signs of abuse. If the abuse continues, the article also indicates some causes it can lead to which include anorexia, tremors, and headaches.
The article concludes with the services offered at American Addiction Centers and how they can help treat benzodiazepine addiction along with a final thought.
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