Versed Addiction and Abuse
While there are side effects and risks of Versed, the World Health Organization names it on their List of Essential Medicines. The medications on this list are highlighted as being among the safest and most effective in a health system. In the U.S., Versed is a Schedule IV drug. This is the same as other benzodiazepines. According to the DEA, a Schedule IV drug is one with medical uses but one that also has the potential for misuse. In most places around the world, Versed and generic midazolam are controlled substances.
While Versed abuse doesn’t necessarily mean someone is addicted to this medication, misuse does increase the likelihood of addiction. Versed abuse refers to a scenario when someone is using this drug outside of prescription instructions. This could include taking it without a prescription, using it recreationally, using it for longer than prescribed or taking larger doses than prescribed. Addiction is a diagnosable brain disease, in which the use of Versed is out of control of the individual. There are specific symptoms of Versed addiction, such as drug-seeking behaviors and being unable to stop using the medication.
Many complications and risks can stem from Versed addiction and misuse. For example, addiction can lead to family, financial and legal problems. Untreated Versed misuse and addiction can also increase the risk for polysubstance misuse problems and overdose. Polysubstance misuse is common with benzodiazepines because people combine them with other things to get more of an effect. Common combinations include benzodiazepines and opioids or alcohol. All of these substances are central nervous system depressants, and used together, they can cause fatal overdoses.
For anyone struggling with Versed addiction or misuse, or any substance misuse, help is available. Contact The Recovery Village to learn more about addiction treatment options and recovery.
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