One of the most common addictive substances is tranquilizers. Tranquilizers are classified as a depressant and are extremely addictive.

The tranquilizers most likely to be abused are drugs such as Ativan, Valium, Librium and Xanax. There are two classification for tranquilizers: major and minor. Minor tranquilizers include benzodiazepines. Although mostly used for psychiatric purposes, major tranquilizers are addictive. The more commonly abused major tranquilizers are Mellaril, Haldol, Navane and Thorazine.

Most people consider tranquilizers to be less harmful because physicians prescribe them. The reality of the situation is that tranquilizer addiction is a serious issue. They are often used for sleep, anxiety or as an antipsychotic, but tranquilizer addiction has been the cause of many unexpected deaths. These fatalities occur mostly due to the fact that many people abuse or mix tranquilizers to achieve a high. These quantities and combinations do real harm to their bodies. Often people do not notice the effect it is having on them. Abusing tranquilizers can lead the person to “check out,” and they may experience a feeling of numbness.

However, this is a dangerous process of hiding from reality. Too often a person will take too many of the tranquilizers and never wake up. With the help of a professional detoxification, extensive therapy and help from a 12-step program, many people who are addicted to tranquilizers can live happy and satisfied lives. Tranquilizer addiction is a game that cannot be won, but there is a solution—call us now to get help.

Sedative Addiction and Treatment

Sedatives are depressants and are defined as sedative-hypnotic drugs because some of the drugs in this category calm nerves or sedate them and some cause sleep. Sedatives are mostly consumed in a pill form but can be taken as an injectable. Sedatives can become very addictive, and this can happen in a short period of time. The time it takes for addiction to occur varies based on frequency of use, tolerance level and the amount consumed. Withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks and are quite painful to the sufferer. Sedative withdrawal symptoms can include irritability, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and convulsions. In some cases, death can occur.

If you’re ready to change your life and break an addiction to tranquilizers or sedatives, call us to find out how we can help you begin to heal.