Signs of teen benzodiazepine abuse.
abuse benzodiazepines behave similarly to alcoholics. They may have slurred
speech, staggering walks and seem confused or "hung over." Teens who
drive while using benzodiazepines are just as impaired as drunk drivers.
Chronic teenaged users often seem irritable, confused, depressed and
overly sedated. They may experience memory loss, tremors and insomnia. If your
teen is using drugs, he may be tired and withdrawn. He may acquire a new
group of friends or become secretive and uncooperative. His grades may drop as
he loses interest in school, pastimes and hobbies. He may also display unusual
sleep habits. You may find butane lighters, pipes and other drug paraphernalia
in his possession. He may steal money from you, run up your credit cards and sell
personal and household items to raise funds for a drug habit.
If these behaviors describe your
child, it's time to seek
The danger of benzodiazepine
react with alcohol, sleeping pills, painkillers, female hormones and cold and
hay fever medications. These reactions put teens in imminent danger and
increase their chances of death by overdose.
drug cocktails pose a particular threat to teens, who often have no idea what
they are taking, let alone the specific dangers of different drug combinations.
Some teens even have pharm parties, where everyone shares different
prescription drugs and alcoholic drinks.
Treating teen benzodiazepine
teen benzodiazepine addiction must begin with detoxification, the necessary process of ridding the body of drugs.
Withdrawal symptoms, the body's response to sudden cessation of drug use, typically follow. Teens in withdrawal from benzodiazepines should be medically supervised so that benzos
can be safely, gradually tapered and temporarily substituted by other drugs. For
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