At Recovery Direct, our counsellors are able to handle your questions about benzodiazepine addiction, managed detox and your long term support and care.

Sleeping Pill / Sedative/ Tranquilliser Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepines are a class of medications belonging to the sedative/ tranquilliser family and also known as sleeping pills/anti-anxiety medication. They are most often prescribed to treat anxiety, stress or panic, or sleep issues in patients.

These “minor tranquillisers” can become highly addictive as the body becomes more dependent on them to function. People struggling with “Benzo” issues begin to experience withdrawal symptoms or display “drug seeking” behaviours quite quickly when the medication is not present. Increasing tolerance to the effects of the drug is also indicative of active addiction. If you or a loved one is battling with an addiction to sedative/tranquilliser medication, Recovery Direct can help you. Call today. Recovery Direct will create a personalised detox and rehab programme to help you break your addiction for good.

When you are in an environment that truly cares about who you are and supports you as an individual, the actual healing can begin. This is what makes Recovery Direct Johannesburg centre such an ideal refuge for people struggling with addiction based behaviours.

Recovery Direct has a specialist and direct knowledge of the unique circumstances. Our qualified counselling services are designed to be especially sensitive to the dynamics of your life. Recovery Direct’s is South Africa’s best non-punitive care centre that caters for a wide range of client requirements, we have been where you are and are here to help you now.

Do You Have a Benzo Problem?

Benzodiazepines, also known as “downers”, “trancs”, “benzos” or “nerve pills” are prescription medication “tranquilizers” that can easily escalate into an active drug addiction. Overtime, behavioural changes begin affecting day to day functioning as work and family relationships begin to slide. Benzodiazepine withdrawal differs in severity between different patients. Anxiety and drug-seeking behaviour are the biggest indicators of a dependence issue.

Family Member on Benzos?

Benzodiazepine addiction treatment is much like any other hard drug addiction problem. Unfortunately due to it being a prescription based medication (“mothers little helper”), families are unaware or don’t view it as a “drug addiction” until it has progressed to a critical point. All too often families even “enable” benzodiazepine addicts without even knowing it. Speak to one of our counsellors about effectively treating benzodiazepine addiction in your family.

Benzodiazepine Detox

One just as to visit a wikipedia page to understand that acute benzo withdrawal requires a specialised environment and programme designed around the long term effects of benzodiazepines. In some cases it is harder to withdraw individuals from benzodiazepines than it is from street drugs like heroin or meth. For drugs like Heroin, withdrawal can last within 10 days to months or even years after recovery. Break the cycle, develop the skills, avoid relapse and start your mindful and constructive path forward.

Symptoms of Long-term Use

Tranquilizers and sleeping pills are not intended to be used on a long term basis. For a short time frame they will help you calm down and sleep, but over longer periods of time they will begin to have an opposite effect.
One of the long-term side effects of benzodiazepine exposure is the “depersonalisation effect”, this is a general feeling of disconnection from our immediate surroundings, relationships and/or interactions with other people. Further adverse effects include a decline in cognitive functioning, physical health, and mental health deterioration.

How People Get Addicted

Many patients become dependent by repeat prescriptions of these tranquilizers. Indicative “seeking” behaviours include stealing prescription pads from doctors offices, buying benzos from illegitimate sources (not prescribed) and/or progress to polysubstance abuse. In general people that have been exposed to benzos for a long enough time period inherent the addiction by alterations to their natural brain chemistry. In lower dosages, benzos are sedatives. In more moderate dosages, they help with anxiety. In higher doses they are considered to be “hypnotics”.

Recovery Direct Benzo Rehab

Benzodiazepine addiction is a relatively common addition and a particularly tough one to manage in terms of treatment. Patients start out as patients seeking legitimate medical help for common sleeping and anxiety disorders and stray into a world of chemical dependancy. With the nasty long-term withdrawal and side effects of benzos, cessation in the form of sleep problems and anxiety issues return. Dealing with the benzodiazepine addiction needs to cater for this on top of long term treatment and addiction cycles that have entrenched themselves over the period of abuse.

Effects and Side Effects

For short-term use, benzodiazepines can be valuable in a wide range of clinical conditions. Almost all of the problems of benzodiazepines result from long-term use, beyond four weeks. Thus solid relapse prevention strategies need to be employed to combat the long-term effects of benzos after rehab.

Side effects of long-term use of benzodiazepines.

  • Difficulty concentrating, memory loss
  • Drowsiness, dizziness, leading to increased risk of accidents in traffic, at home and at work
  • Depression and apathy (contributes to the loss of work and unemployment)
  • Paradoxical inflammatory effects in some individuals
  • Emotional and cognitive impairment.
  • Increased risk of suicide and depression
  • Increased risk of death from overdose if combined with other drugs or alcohol
  • Passing through the placenta during pregnancy
  • Cognitive effects seen in varying degrees which affect everyday functioning.
  • Impaired concentration and memory deficits; impairment in the ability to stay organized, structure and plan.

Benzodiazepines and Their Brand Names in South Africa

The following benzodiazepine brand names are distributed as Schedule 4 and 5 prescription medications in South Africa. Most benzodiazepine brands provide warnings about “pharma-codependence” or “abuse” on the flyer inserts. The historic fame and notoriety of these drugs came to light with the widespread uptake of Valium in the United States. They have seen subsequent investment from pharmaceutical companies finding many new drugs to reduce stress and anti-anxiety or produce calming effects that would help induce sleep.

Alprazolam : Alzam; Anxirid; Azor; Drimpam; Panix; Xanolam; Xanor; Zopax;
Bromazepam : Brazepam; Bromaze; Brozam; Lexotan;
Brotizolam : Lendormin;
Clobazam : Urbanol;
Clonazepam : Rivotril;
Clorazepate Dipotassium : Tranxene;
Chlordiazepoxide : Librium; Librax; Limbitrol;
Diazepam : Benzopin; Betapam; Calmpose; Diaquel; Doval; Dynapam; Ethipam; Pax; Scriptopam; Valium;
Flunitrazepam : Hypnor; Insom; Rohypnol;
Flurazepam : Dalmadorm;
Ketazolam : Solatran;
Loprazolam :Dormonoct;
Lorazepam : Ativan; Tran-Qil; Tranqipam;
Lormetazepam : Loramet; Noctamid;
Midazolam : Dormicum; Midacum;
Nitrazepam : Arem; Mogadon; Ormodon; Paxadorm; Protraz; Somnipar;
Oxazepam : Medopam; Noripam; Oxaline; Purata; Serepax;
Prazepam : Demetrin;
Quazepam : Dorme;
Temazepam : Euhypnos; Levanxol; Normison; Z-Pam;
Triazolam :Halcion;
Zolpidem Tartrate : Ivedal; Stilnox; Zolpihexal;
Zopiclone : Alchera; Imovane; Z-Dorm; Zopimed; Zopivane;

Street Names For Benzodiazepines Include

Common names for benzodiazepines often based on the appearance or colour of the tablets or capsules.

  • Benzos
  • Benzies
  • Bicycle Parts
  • BZDs
  • Candy
  • Dead Flower Powers
  • Downers
  • Eggs
  • Foofoo
  • Footballs
  • Goofballs
  • Handlebars
  • Heavenly Blues
  • Howards
  • Jellies
  • Moggies
  • Qual
  • Robital
  • Sleepers
  • Stupefy
  • Temazies
  • Valley Girl
  • Vallies
  • White Girls
  • Z Bars
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