Does it seem like no matter what you do, you have cravings for alcohol and can’t stop? Do you try to only have one glass of wine at dinner, but it could turn into three, four, or five? Are you worried about a loved one you believe drinks too much? Or, perhaps someone you know is addicted to Xanax or Valium, which are also referred to as Benzodiazepine tranquilizers used to reduce anxiety and insomnia?
No matter how much a person tries, they cannot quit drinking or using benzos. Alcoholism is a disease and chronic drug use affects not only the user but loved ones as well. High doses of benzodiazepines can produce serious side effects and acute toxicity.
Here are a few of the top signs and symptoms of alcohol and benzo abuse to be on the lookout for:
If a friend or family member is showing any signs of alcohol or benzo abuse, discuss whether they need treatment, and be ready to support them in a path to a happier and sober life.