Barbiturates are classified in a group of central nervous system depressant drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Barbiturates became a popular treatment for Insomnia and anxiety in the 1960s and 70s. Since then they have fallen out of favor and were replaced by a new class of drug: Benzodiazepines. As Barbiturates declined in medical spheres, they remain a threat of addiction especially in youths. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium have long been prescribed for substance abuse withdrawal, insomnia and anxiety. Unfortunately, these drugs also have a high potential for abuse. They are both physically and psychologically addictive, and a dependent person will experience potentially life threatening withdrawal symptoms, similar to alcohol withdrawal, if they stop taking them suddenly. Withdrawal symptoms typically start 12 to 24 hours after the last dose and can include the following.
- Muscle/joint pain
- Tremors, D.T.’s
- Cramps and Nausea
- Abnormal sensitivity to light and noise
The most dangerous issue is the possibility of convulsions and seizures. For this reason, detoxification from benzodiazepines should be performed only under the supervision of a contracted physician. At Detox Malibu, we use a detox protocol for benzodiazepines that is proven to keep clients safe and comfortable during the detoxification process.