Versed Withdrawal and Detox
When someone’s body and brain are consistently exposed to a substance, their body adapts to its presence. The body and brain may change their own functionality in response to the presence of the drug. Dependence can involve addiction, but it doesn’t have to. Something else related to drug dependence is tolerance. As people’s brains and bodies adapt to a drug, they need higher doses to get the same effects. There are stages that people go through as they become dependent on a drug. These stages of dependence are called the Jellinek Curve. The stages include using the drugs recreationally, then using drugs regularly. Then there is an addiction that develops and dependence where someone is physically and mentally unable to function without them. With prescription drugs, these stages don’t even have to occur. People may become dependent on certain prescription substances while only using them therapeutically as instructed by a doctor.
When someone is dependent on Versed or another benzodiazepine and they stop using it suddenly, withdrawal symptoms can occur. Specific withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the drug class a person is dependent on. Other variables can include the longevity of use and how heavily someone uses a substance. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can be especially severe and may require medical care. Versed withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Panic attacks
- Concentration problems
- Confusion and cognitive impairment
- Memory problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle pain
In the most severe cases, benzodiazepine withdrawal can include seizures, changes in perception, hallucinations, psychosis and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In general, benzodiazepine dependence occurs in 1/3 of people who use these drugs for more than four weeks. When people receive Versed infusions, they may develop a tolerance and dependence in just a few days. Versed withdrawal can also sometimes include symptoms of the underlying condition it was used to treat. For example, if Versed was used to treat agitation or insomnia, these symptoms may reappear during withdrawal and be more severe.
To learn more about medical detox options as well as addiction treatment programs and payment options, contact The Recovery Village.
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