What Are Tranquilizers?
Tranquilizers are a classification of chemical substance that are typically professionally prescribed, and act as central nervous system depressants. They include barbiturates and benzodiazepines, and are typically prescribed to treat conditions such as tension, sleep disorders, panic attacks, acute stress reactions, and acute anxiety disorders. Some common brands of tranquilizer include Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Quaaludes. Unfortunately, tranquilizers have an extremely high likelihood of abuse, and many who are prescribed the medications to treat diagnosed disorders will begin abusing them at one point or another. The neurological pathways within the brain begin to shift and alter with continued use, leaving those who consistently take barbiturates and benzodiazepines for extended periods of time with lasting psychological changes that could increase the risk of eventual dependency. As the reward pathways within the brain begin to shift, users begin mentally and physically depending on the drugs to keep their minds and their bodies in normal functioning order. If you believe that you or someone you love has been abusing prescription tranquilizers, it is wise to seek professional help as quickly as possible. Tranquilizer dependency can be emotionally, physically, and mentally devastating, and can lead to overdose-related fatality if not treated effectively and immediately.
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Short-Term Effects of Tranquilizer Abuse
Most prescription tranquilizers cause feelings of euphoria in users when taken in large doses, and have significant impacts on proper cognitive functioning. Slurred speech, impaired reaction time, and decreased heart rate are all common short-term side effects of tranquilizer abuse. When one initially begins taking a prescribed tranquilizer, it is normal and expected for him or her to feel sleepy, sluggish, fatigued, and relatively disoriented for several days. As the brain becomes used to the presence of this specific chemical, these symptoms are likely to completely disappear. However, abuse of this chemical substance entails that an amount far greater than that which was initially prescribed is being consumed. Consuming large quantities of barbiturates or benzodiazepines can lead to impaired judgment, memory loss, feelings of irritability and short-temperedness, paranoia, and even suicidal ideations in some cases. If an individual consumes tranquilizers in conjunction with another chemical substance, namely alcohol, he or she puts him or herself at risk of respiratory failure and even death.
Long-Term Effects of Tranquilizer Abuse
Prolonged abuse of prescription tranquilizers will often lead to physical and mental dependence. Once dependence occurs, it will be impossible for an individual to abruptly cease use without experiencing severe and potentially lethal symptoms of withdrawal. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be fatal, seeing as many individuals experience life-threatening symptoms such as seizure, heart attack, stroke, or coma. Once addiction occurs in a user, he or she will continue using despite negative consequences – resulting in an unmanageable amount of interpersonal, work-related, and health issues. If you or someone you know is battling an addiction to prescription tranquilizers of any kind, help is available. Please contact one of our trained representatives today to find out how to take the first step towards recovery.