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Tranquilizers Addiction Information

Drug Rehab Service's main objective is to refer you to the best tranquilizers addiction rehab or detox services. We will give you a better understanding of the different types of tranquilizers addiction centers available and help you choose the best one that would fit your needs.

We want the person with a tranquilizers addiction to achieve a drug-free life without medication substitution. Thus, Drug Rehab Services will refer you to tranquilizers addiction rehab centers that don't use drugs in any shape or form as a part of their treatment program.

Tranquilizers Addiction Information

Drugs: There are many chemical terms for tranquilizers such as Diazepam, Temazepam (mazzies), Nitrazepam, Flunitrazepam, and Rohypnol. These substances are members of the Benzodiazepines family.

Tranquilizers Names: Some of the trade names for these drugs include: Valium, Librium, Ativan, and Mogadon (moggies).

Tranquilizers Effects: Tranquilizers are prescribed by physicians as a short-term treatment for anxiety, depression and sleeping disorders. Unfortunately, these substances are abused by some people to counter the effects of stimulant drugs or are taken in combination with drugs such as alcohol or heroin to enhance their effects.

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Tranquilizers effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Relief of anxiety and tension
  • Sense of relaxation
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Lethargy
  • Impairment of memory
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Stupor

The risks of taking tranquilizers include, but are not limited to:

  • Decreased appetite or increased appetite
  • Loss of motivation
  • Irritability
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Vivid or disturbing dreams
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Headache
  • Skin rash

Tranquilizers Use: Benzodiazepines, which include the well-known Valium and Temazepam, are frequently prescribed. About one out of seven British adults take these tranquilizers at least once during the course of a year, and about 10% take them throughout the year. Because they are considered to be much safer, they have come to replace barbiturates.

Tranquilizers are generally swallowed as a tablet or liquid but are also available in solution form for intravenous use. Some users do inject them as sometimes done with Temazepam. When someone is addicted to tranquilizers, they will sometimes inject the drug by crushing the tablets and mixing them up with water. This practice is very hazardous, especially if the tablets are not completely dissolved and end up in the bloodstream.

Tranquilizers Dependency: Tranquillizers addiction can occur when the tranquilizers are used for a medical and non-medical purpose. Psychological dependence is usual in long-term users, and a life without the substance may seem very daunting. Individuals are occasionally confused, irritable and anxious and unable to carry on with their normal routine after discontinuing the substance.

Tranquilizers Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms: Research has suggested that withdrawal happens even with medically prescribed doses, even though they are not as serious as with barbiturates. The symptoms of withdrawal can be unpleasant and last a long time. They may include the inability to sleep, anxiety, nausea and occasionally convulsions and mental confusion (generally after particularly high doses).

Tranquilizers Legal Status: While it is not against the law to possess these types of substances without a prescription (except in the case of Temazepam), supply is against the law and class C penalties apply.

Fast Facts

In 1960, the Swiss multinational drugs company Hoffman-La Roche released Librium on the market. This was meant to pacify individuals and set them free from anxiety. These and many other similar substances were released in the following years and were dished out by physicians. With so many tranquilizers accessible, it wasn't long before they reached the street where they were taken with other drugs (such as alcohol) for an increased effect or in some cases injected.

In 1988, because of the pressure from both the medical profession and the public, tranquilizers were controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act for the first time. Lately, there has been a rising trend to inject tranquilizers, Temazepam being particularly popular in some regions of Scotland. Even if the pills were reformulated to jelly form to try and stop injectors, this did little to modify the habit, and only caused injectors to hurt themselves even more. Nonetheless, the pills are now being changed again in an attempt to prevent serious injuries to occur.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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