Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are typically used to help reduce anxiety. They may also be called tranquilizers, sedatives, hypnotics or soporifics.

Benzodiazepines are typically used to help reduce anxiety. They may also be called tranquilizers, sedatives, hypnotics or soporifics. They can cause drowsiness, dizziness and loss of balance. Higher doses can make you feel confused and disoriented, and can cause memory loss, breathing difficulties and depression.

How you will feel during withdrawal from benzodiazepines depends on how long you’ve used them and whether you stop abruptly or gradually. Withdrawal symptoms can include headache, insomnia, anxiety, tension, sweating, difficulty concentrating, tremors, sensory disturbances, fatigue, stomach upset and loss of appetite. More severe symptoms are possible, including agitation, paranoia, delirium and seizures.

If our evaluation determines that it is safe for you to withdraw in our Centre, you’ll be assigned a bed in the observation unit, where we will offer continuous support and monitoring. Most people begin with an observation period of 4 to 24 hours. When the worst of your symptoms have settled, you can begin a treatment program that includes counselling, acupuncture, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sessions and meetings with other groups. A counsellor will be available to discuss your long-term treatment goals and plans. After your stay, you may call us any time (24/7) to talk about your recovery or ask for more support.

For more information, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website.