What is benzodiazepine addiction?
Common side effects
Treating benzodiazepine addiction

What is benzodiazepine addiction?

Benzodiazepines ‘Benzos’ are more common than you think. They are most commonly used to help with anxiety and insomnia. If you’ve found yourself fixating when the next pill is, or feel you cannot live without it, this is most likely a sign of addiction. Examples of benzodiazepines are Valium (Diazepam), Xanax, Librium and Lorazepam. Which all come in tablet form.

If you do have an addiction to benzodiazepines and it’s left untreated, it could impact negatively on your emotional health, physical health, your careers and relationships.

Benzodiazepines are used to treat symptoms such as:

  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Busy minds
  • Social anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Agitation

Common side effects of benzodiazepines

  • Memory loss
  • Muscle weakness

  • Confusion
  • Unsteady on feet
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Slurred speech

  • Racing pulse
  • Problems with concentration
  • Sweating
  • Delirium

When taking prescription drugs it can always brings a risk of addiction, but these medications are usually limited for short-term only.

Benzodiazepines can also cause ‘paradoxical’ which means it can have the opposite effect from what to drug is supposed to do.

These opposite effects could include:

  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Delusional
  • Feeling out of touch with reality
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares
  • Psychosis
  • Restlessness

Treatment for benzodiazepines

We recognise the severity of the issue when it comes to Benzodiazepine addiction, which is why we have our detox and therapy programmes to help the needs of each individual every step of the way. Our expert recovery team will help guide you whilst offering all the support you need to continue the journey to recovery.

Through counselling, regular exercise and a nutritious diet, our expert recovery team will get you back to feeling 100% physically and mentally. Our program is designed to minimise the withdrawals you will experience and to provide you with all the tools for long-term sobriety.


The treatment we offer at Steps Together begins with a detox process, which allows the drug to leave your body. During this period you may experience some withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms are not usually life-threatening, there may be some discomfort experienced during this time.

Everyone’s detox will vary, but our expert clinical team will help build your individual detox based on your current dose and circumstances.