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Benzodiazepine addiction can develop over time as the body becomes more tolerant to the drug’s effects. Benzodiazepines enhance the activity of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which leads to a calming and sedative effect. Over time, the brain may become less sensitive to GABA, leading to the need for higher doses of the drug to achieve the same effect. This can lead to physical dependence, where the body requires the drug to function normally, and withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped. Psychological dependence can also develop, where the user feels they need the drug to cope with stress, anxiety, or other emotional issues. The development of benzodiazepine addiction can be influenced by genetic factors, mental health conditions, and environmental factors.