Anxiety Disorders and Tranquilizer Abuse

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There are two general kinds of tranquilizers: antianxiety drugs and antipsychotics. Antianxiety drugs are weaker and prescribed to calm common anxiety disorders. On the other hand, antipsychotics are usually only required to combat serious delusions that cause violent outbursts. If an Atlanta resident has regular anxiety and is addicted to mild tranquilizers, she should get help as soon as possible.

Types and Effects of Tranquilizers

The most common antianxiety drugs that are both prescribed and abused include the following list:

  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Rivotril

Atlanta residents may consider these drugs with a casual attitude rather than respecting them as they should. Since they are prescription drugs, many people view these substances as commodities to be traded and used indiscriminately. They may take these drugs casually to ward off mild stressors, regardless of whether they actually need medication. The following are some of the effects of misusing prescription tranquilizers:

  • Slurred speech
  • Slowed movement
  • Apathy
  • Disoriented thoughts
  • Sleepiness
  • Hindered memory
  • Dependence

The most paradoxical effect of tranquilizer addiction is that it can eventually worsen the original anxiety that first made the drug necessary. If someone does not have anxiety and abuses the drug to ward off everyday concerns, he is likely to develop a serious anxiety disorder that will require psychiatric attention. Someone with both a drug addiction and anxiety disorder should seek rehab treatment.

How to Prevent Tranquilizer Addiction

Addiction prevention is easier than it sounds. If an Atlanta resident does not have an anxiety disorder, she does not need to take anxiety drugs for any reason. She can more effectively combat the stresses of life by dropping out of some unessential activities or seeing a counselor. Counseling may seem unattractive because of the cost, but it is much cheaper to discuss problems with a therapist than to pay the higher costs of addiction treatment. However, if one needs medication for an anxiety disorder, she should designate a family member to keep track of how many drugs she is supposed to take and when.

Atlanta Addiction Help

If you or a loved one abuses tranquilizers, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to speak with one of our counselors. We can guide you to the first steps of finding a treatment center and involving other loved ones who want to support your recovery. A drug-free life is possible, so give us a call and find out how.