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Benzodiazepines are prescribed drugs for reducing stress and anxiety, promoting calmness, relaxation and sleep and as anti-depressants. Used as a ‘chill out’ drug on the club scene or as a downer, the drug comes in tablet form, although it can be injected.
Do not use benzodiazepines for long periods – restrict use to a 2-3 week period and if you’re using them as sleeping tablets, give yourself the occasional break of a few days. Benzodiazepines can cause physical addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can drag on for weeks or months and come in the shape of anxiety attacks, agitation, insomnia, nausea and convulsions.
Benzos can become less effective as sleeping tablets after only 2 weeks of solid use and ineffective on controlling anxiety after 4 months of regular use – so users run the risk of taking ever increasing doses.
US reports state that approximately 50 percent of people entering treatment for narcotic or cocaine addiction also report abusing benzodiazepines.
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