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Why Does Benzodiazepine Tolerance Rise Quickly?

Why Does Benzodiazepine Tolerance Rise Quickly?

Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that act on GABA receptors in the brain, and tolerance builds up fast which often leads to dependence and then addiction.

Benzodiazepines are a type of medication used to treat anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, and the more severe symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. In recent times the rates of benzodiazepine abuse and addiction have increased significantly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the rates of overdose-related deaths directly involving benzodiazepines have also been on the rise.  In the year 2019, 16 percent of the overdose-related deaths that involved opioid narcotics like prescription painkillers or heroin also involved a benzodiazepine like Klonopin, Valium, or Xanax.

Tolerance Increases Often Lead to Benzodiazepine Dependence

Between the years 1996 and 2013 the number of American men and women over the age of 18 who filled a prescription for a benzodiazepine medication increased by a staggering 67 percent. The number increased from 8.1 million American men and women to 13.5 million. Additionally, the potency of these medications increased noticeably. The potency of these medications is partially why tolerance tends to rise so quickly.

If you or someone you love has been abusing a benzodiazepine medication of any kind, Evoke Waltham is available to help. We understand how rapidly habit-forming this type of medication can be, and we know that sometimes you don’t have days or weeks to wait until a bed opens up in a local detox, or before you can get a medical loan together to attend three full months of residential treatment. Evoke Waltham is readily available to provide men and women of all ages and walks of life with effective and professional addiction treatment when and where they need it.

Why Does Benzodiazepine Tolerance Rise So Fast?

What Does it Mean When Benzo Tolerance Increases?

Tolerance develops when the physical body, the brain, and the central nervous system become accustomed to the chemical substance. Essentially, when a person develops a tolerance it means that his or her body requires a higher dose of the medication for the same results to be produced. Not only is developing a physical tolerance one of the most telltale signs associated with substance abuse and dependence, but it is a good indication that professional help has become necessary. Many people who struggle with a benzodiazepine abuse disorder wonder why tolerance increases so quickly. How does the body become so accustomed to a drug at such a rapid rate?

It’s Easy to Get Hooked on Benzodiazepines

The truth is that because benzodiazepine medications are so potent, the body works overtime to adjust to their presence. It is possible for people who use benzodiazepines regularly to develop a physical tolerance in a matter of weeks, it is also possible for people who use this type of medication to develop a tolerance even when the medication is taken exactly as prescribed. to learn more about overcoming benzodiazepine abuse and addiction, reach out to us today. 

Recovery from Benzo Addiction is Possible

If you or someone you love has been abusing a prescription medication such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonotin, Ativan, Librium, etc.) Evoke Waltham is available to help. Our program of recovery is truly unlike any other in the sense that we provide effective clinical care whenever you need it. The moment you decide to begin a new way of life, you are standing by to help in any way possible. We understand that it is not always possible to enter into a medical detox program or an inpatient treatment program – we know that sometimes you need recovery quickly and that you cannot wait.

For this reason, we offer an integrated and effective program of clinical care that can be accessed in person, over the phone, or online. Simply pick up the phone and give us a call and we will discuss the most viable plan of action with you. we look forward to speaking with you soon and getting you started on your journey of benzodiazepine addiction recovery.