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BZO – Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, or BZO, also called Benzos, are a type of medication used to help relieve anxiety disorders, insomnia, seizures, and promote muscle relaxation. These psychoactive drugs work by acting upon the central nervous system of the body (CNS).

It does this by enhancing the neurotransmitter gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), which is responsible for reducing the activity of neurons that cause stress and anxiety. Benzodiazepines are man-made medications that cause mild to severe depression of the nerves within the brain (central nervous system) and sedation (drowsiness).

Behavioral Symptoms of Benzodiazepine:

  • Drug-seeking behaviors
  • Doctor shopping, or visiting a number of doctors to obtain more prescriptions
  •  Benzodiazepines taken in larger doses than intended; for longer time than intended
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Increasing desire to be left alone
  • Inability to meet expectations and responsibilities at work, school, or home

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