Yet they continue to be prescribed by doctors and taken by patients.
That begs the question…
What if any benefits are there to taking benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines work best when used in the proper context. They were originally created for pre-surgery or testing, like getting an MRI, to help the body calm and quiet down. Benzodiazepines are most safe and helpful when used under these conditions mainly because it is a single dose that does not modify the body and is not used under improper circumstances.
The problem is when benzodiazepines are taken repeatedly over a period of time. Even after a few doses, a person can develop a resistance to it. When a person develops a resistance, often their doctor will increase the dosage or switch the person to a different benzo.
Benzodiazepines are often prescribed for seizure disorders, which is why prescriptions became available. The issue with that, and really in any situation when using it, is that benzodiazepines work very short term. Seizure activities can be controlled quickly, yet that control also diminishes quickly as GABA receptors that control chemical messages to the brain become modified and reliant on benzodiazepines. This leads to benzodiazepines becoming less effective and increasing symptoms that were originally meant to be solved through it.
Benzodiazepines should not be taken long-term, because although they do work quite well initially, many people don't realize they are putting themselves in danger due to how easy it is to develop a dependency on it. By the time a dependency is realized, it is often too late and there is already an addiction that requires extensive benzodiazepine withdrawal and healing.
Benzodiazepines can not be stopped cold turkey.
Getting off benzos requires the assistance of knowledgeable medical professionals and proper withdrawal treatment. If you have found yourself searching for how to get off Ativan or other benzodiazepines or have realized a dependency to it, Point of Return can help you withdraw safely and effectively to bring lasting success. Point of Return’s benzodiazepine withdrawal programs help wean customers in a safe way and get off of benzodiazepines with the partnership of our team, your physician and pharmacist.