Although benzodiazepines may bring some relief originally, overall, they lead to other symptoms and larger issues. A common side effect from taking Ativan, Alprazolam or Temazepam is anxiety. Because of this factor and many others affecting the body, many users need Temazepam withdrawal, or other forms of withdrawal to not only find anxiety relief, but lasting health and wellness.
Why do I feel this anxiety?
The science behind what is causing the anxiety is that these benzodiazepines downregulate GABA, otherwise known as the gamma aminobutyric acid, in your body. GABA is the great calming neurotransmitter and is needed in order to counter stimulating neurotransmitters. So when GABA is downregulated, as in this case with benzodiazepines, people produce excess norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin which is stimulating to the body.
This Creates a Growing Dependency.
- Taking the benzodiazepine feels good at first. At first, users are hyped up from the benzodiazepines because they are experiencing more stimulation of the neurotransmitters, which can calm anxiety initially and bring relief. This, however, is misleading because there is nothing to counteract it and bring the body back to a stabilized state.
- Then Anxiety Increases. The chemicals in the body produced by the neurotransmitters are out of balance which leads to increasing anxiety. It will continue to be an issue because the body isn’t producing what is needed to keep everything steady.
- This Causes Users to Take More. As time goes on, users continue to take more benzodiazepines in order to receive that initial relief. The body becomes more used to benzodiazepines and higher doses are needed to keep working.
- This creates a dependency, most of the time without users realizing it. This is why benzodiazepine withdrawal is necessary. It’s an ongoing cycle as users seek momentary relief from the benzodiazepines, only to find the body adjusting to it and the effects wearing off. So, they continue to add higher doses of the benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Alprazolam, or Temazepam are not a good choice, long-term, especially for anxiety or seizures, because they will always stop working.
If you have found yourself relying on benzodiazepines to solve these problems and can’t seem to escape them, don’t worry! There is hope.
By turning to medical professionals to assist you in Ativan withdrawal or other forms of withdrawal, you can find lasting success and relief from benzodiazepine dependence. At Point of Return we partner with you so you can taper off benzodiazepines safely and effectively. Our withdrawal programs are not only more comfortable than going cold turkey, but have a higher chance of success to help you overcome the struggles you're facing.