Unfortunately, they often present with directions that say things like ” Use as needed, not to exceed X number of times a day”. A teenager may feel that it’s okay to take a medication that was prescribed for a friend or family member, because it is so commonly prescribed and has vague directions. In addition, there have been many women who have given this medication without their consent, by slipping it in their drink, and then been “date-raped” after, when the offender takes advantage of the lethargy and memory loss associated with benzodiazepines.
It is always important to remember that this is a serious medication that needs to be prescribed by a physician for specific needs, and whose administration needs to monitored by that same physician or clinic. It is a good idea to note that it is generally believed there is very little benefit to be gained for more than four months of use with this medication, and that people who take it for longer than that time period will often show no reaction to it, regardless of dosage.
Benzodiazepines are typically seen in pills or capsules. Because there are so many different types of medications, it would be difficult to lump them in as usually looking any specific way. However, they are often seen as white, beige or brown pills that may have writing on them. It would usually be the legal prescriptions that were pilfered from someone else that would have a name brand or a number on them. The benzodiazepines that were obtained from another country or manufactured in the United States illegally are more likely to be free of writing. As with many medications, it is possible, although not very common, to crush benzodiazepines and snort them for a faster, harder rush.
The symptoms of Benzodiazepine abuse are similar to that of other medications, but may be harder to detect. Because this class of drugs functions as a sedative, a person who takes benzodiazepines will be sleepy, harder to wake up than usual and may fall asleep at odd times. Whereas falling asleep at the dinner table may be normal for a football player who practices three hours a day after school and is up by 6:00 AM for school, someone else experiencing unexplained sleeping or unusual levels of grogginess should be examined by a physician. They can do blood or urine tests to check for Benzodiazepines and any other type of drug usage.
As people develop a dependency on benzodiazepines, they will eventually need more medication to give the same results as a smaller dose did previously. Obviously, as a person takes more medication, he or she would be much more likely to overdose. This is due, in no small part, to the effects of the medication because it can easily make the user forget when they last took pills or how much they took at that time.
A teenager who has a developed a dependency on or an addiction to Benzodiazepines will need specialized medical and emotional assistance to make it through the recovery process. It is of the utmost importance to remember that recovery from an addiction is not solely going through withdrawal. It also involves including people with the training and experience to help recovering addicts learn to deal with their lives without drugs and to stay sober, long after the experience of withdrawal. Your teenager will need that type of in-patient support to recover in a healthy and permanent way from benzodiazepines.