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A Benzo addiction refers to the physical and psychological dependence on benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that are commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. Benzodiazepines, often referred to as “benzos,” work by enhancing the activity of a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps to calm the nervous system.

Although benzodiazepines can be effective at managing symptoms of anxiety and other conditions when used as prescribed, they are also highly addictive and can lead to dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms when used for extended periods of time or in larger doses than prescribed.

Some common signs and symptoms of Benzo addiction include:

Taking larger doses of the drug than prescribed or using it for longer periods of time than recommended.

Continuing to use the drug despite negative consequences, such as relationship problems, financial difficulties, or legal issues.

Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, anxiety, or seizures, when attempting to stop or reduce Benzo use.

Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the effects of Benzos.

Neglecting responsibilities, such as work, school, or family obligations, in order to use Benzos.

Effective treatment for Benzo addiction typically involves a combination of therapy, support groups, medication, and other resources to help individuals overcome their dependence and achieve long-term recovery.