The straight facts about benzo withdrawal

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Benzodiazepines (benzos) impacts the brain and body which can wear down over time. Withdrawal occurs when the body and brain do not receive benzos and the body is trying to restore balance. The process of withdrawal takes a long period of time to be fully rid of the toxins. Learn five facts to consider about benzo withdrawal and how it affects the whole body.

 

Mind and Body

Two systems in the brain are affected by benzos. Glutamate pushes things into action and GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) slows things down. Benzos damage GABA receptors so that glutamate goes wild in the brain which excites everything in the body as a result. When GABA receptors are unable to calm down, the nervous system goes into overdrive. The limbic system (responsible for fight or flight action) kicks in and the following symptoms occur:

  • Fear
  • Terror
  • Panic

 

Benzo Withdrawal

Everyone experiences withdrawal differently. The following are five facts that are known about benzo withdrawal to support individuals in understanding the truth about the experience.

Find a doctor with knowledge of benzo withdrawal

Most doctors do not understand well the dangers of benzos and withdrawal. The Ashton Manual is material which provides accurate information for individuals getting off benzos. Finding a knowledgeable doctor takes time and patience but is worth the research.

Healing takes time

No pills or potions can speed up the healing process or make it go away. Some things help take the edge off but some drugs, vitamins and supplements can make symptoms worse including:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B
  • Magnesium
  • Kava Kava and Chamomile should also be avoided

Medical marijuana has been noted to increase symptoms during benzo withdrawal including anxiety, fear and panic. It is best to do homework prior to taking anything and work with a doctor who understands benzo withdrawal to support the process.

Foods can trigger symptoms

Food sensitivities are common in withdrawal. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) should be avoided as well as colorings, preservatives and artificial sugars which increase withdrawal symptoms. Caffeine and alcohol may also trigger increased negative symptoms.  Dietary choices are very personal but finding the right one that works focused on healthy foods.

Don’t take more of the drug unless necessary

People in benzo withdrawal may take more of the drug while tapering from benzos. Tolerance may build to the dose which was just started and dosing up will not bring relief. Moving off the drug entirely is the best way to be clean of benzos. In case of an emergency, contact a doctor for help.

Say good-bye to anxiety

Many people who go through benzo withdrawal find original symptoms which created a need for benzos has disappeared. No matter the fear, panic or anxiety in withdrawal, once the brain heals itself, the symptoms will fade and the rest of a person’s journey will feel much more calm and easy to manage with support and help from loved ones and professionals.

Hired Power believes people who want to quit benzos or other drugs will be successful. If you are ready to give up addiction for a better way, call us. Let us help guide you through the journey to recovery and health.