Minnesota is a state that isn’t usually associated with drug problems, but that hasn’t stopped America’s drug epidemic from impacting it. From 2009 to 2010, nearly 7% of Minnesota residents used illicit drugs at some point within the last 30 days, according to a published Minnesota Drug Control Update. And it’s not as though the drug epidemic has gotten better since then. This shows how many people in Minnesota need drug and alcohol rehabilitation services but aren’t getting them. This is particularly true when it comes to tranquilizers, a drug group that is notoriously difficult to treat.
Tranquilizers can kill from overdose and from withdrawal. Severe cases of benzodiazepine dependence can have withdrawal symptoms which include seizures, which can be deadly. Because of this, never stop taking them or alter your dosage without consulting with addiction or medical professionals. You can always speak with a treatment center confidentially, and they will answer your questions. Medical detoxification is often needed to safely and comfortably get someone off tranquilizers and into treatment.
Tranquilizers are a classification of drugs that includes anything that causes sedation as a primary function. They are used for a variety of purposes, for everything from psychiatric treatment to anesthesia and a variety of other day-to-day uses. It’s these more common ones, which are usually used to treat anxiety and insomnia, that are abused the most. They’re abused because they produce pleasurable effects, and they are also very addictive.
Addiction to tranquilizers often begins with a legitimate prescription. Even when taken at the correct dose, tolerance can develop rapidly to many tranquilizers like benzodiazepines, the class of drugs which contains Xanax and Valium. This means it takes more and more of the drug to produce the same effect. The person taking tranquilizers now will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug wears off, prompting them to take more as the symptoms will mirror the reasons why they started taking the drug, only more intensely. So, if they were taking them to treat insomnia, they will now have severe insomnia and anxiety when not taking the drug. This cycle of tolerance and withdrawal are hallmarks of addiction.