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Benzodiazepines play a significant role in American healthcare, with millions prescribed annually for anxiety and sleep disorders. However, their widespread use has led to rising concerns. According to the CDC, overprescribing has contributed to misuse and overdose deaths, with NIDA reporting a quadrupling of benzodiazepine-related deaths since 1999. Long-term use can lead to dependence and impaired cognitive function. Addressing these issues requires careful prescribing, monitoring, and access to effective treatment for benzodiazepine use disorder.

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About Benzodiazepine Use Disorder

Definition
Causes
Symptoms

Definition

Benzodiazepine Use Disorder is a condition where individuals find it difficult to stop using medications known as benzodiazepines, even when their use leads to negative consequences in their lives. This disorder often involves a persistent desire to use benzodiazepines, difficulty controlling use, and continued use despite knowing the harm it may cause. People with this disorder may experience challenges in various aspects of their lives, such as work, relationships, and health, due to their dependence on benzodiazepines. Treatment typically involves a combination of therapy, support, and sometimes medication to help individuals overcome their dependence and regain control over their lives.

Causes

  • Prolonged or excessive use of benzodiazepine medications
  • Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, or trauma
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders like depression or anxiety disorders
  • Environmental factors such as social influences or access to medications
  • Genetic predisposition or family history of substance use disorders

Symptoms

  • Behavioral Symptoms:
    • Cravings or strong urges to use benzodiazepines
    • Difficulty controlling or stopping benzodiazepine use
    • Neglecting responsibilities or activities due to benzodiazepine use
    • Using benzodiazepines in situations where it is physically hazardous, such as while driving
  • Physical Symptoms:
    • Developing a tolerance, needing higher doses to achieve the same effect
    • Withdrawal symptoms when not using benzodiazepines, such as anxiety, irritability, or tremors
  • Psychological Symptoms:
    • Continued use of benzodiazepines despite negative consequences
    • Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from benzodiazepine use
    • Continued use of benzodiazepines despite knowing it exacerbates physical or mental health problems

Health Risks

  • Increased Risk of Suicide: Higher likelihood of suicidal thoughts and behaviors due to compounded mental health issues and substance abuse.
  • Severe Mental Health Deterioration: Worsening of symptoms for conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
  • Substance Overdose: Greater risk of overdose due to excessive and uncontrolled substance use.
  • Chronic Physical Health Problems: Development of long-term health issues such as liver disease, heart disease, respiratory problems, and infectious diseases (e.g., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis).
  • Cognitive Impairment: Long-term cognitive deficits, including memory loss, reduced problem-solving skills, and impaired judgment.
  • Social and Relationship Issues: Strained or broken relationships, social isolation, and difficulties in maintaining healthy social interactions.
  • Financial Instability: Increased financial problems due to spending on substances and inability to maintain employment.
  • Legal Problems: Higher likelihood of encountering legal issues due to behaviors associated with substance abuse, such as driving under the influence or other criminal activities.
  • Homelessness: Increased risk of becoming homeless due to inability to maintain stable housing as a result of financial and social instability.
  • Increased Vulnerability to Violence: Higher risk of experiencing or perpetrating violence, including domestic violence, as a result of substance-induced aggression or impaired judgment.

Know The Facts

Benzodiazepine overdoses have been on the rise in the United States over the past few decades. According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), benzodiazepine-related overdose deaths more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2019. This alarming trend highlights the need for increased awareness, monitoring, and interventions to address benzodiazepine misuse and overdose. It has also been found that 33% of opioid overdoses involving other drugs included Benzodiazepine according to the CDC.

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Resources

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2019). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Changes in Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by Opioid Type and Presence of Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6834a2.htm

Bobby Boykin, MS, LASAC, CRS

Executive Director
This article has been clinically reviewed by Bobby, a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) and Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) at Guiding Road.
Last Reviewed
May 18, 2024

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