CNS Depressant Abuse, Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Other Mood Disorders
More and more people today are finding that due to financial problems and trying to make ends meet it's affecting them emotionally. A lot of people have had to seek medical help due to depression, anxiety, and panic attacks that not only affect a person mentally and emotionally, but physically as well.
Some of the medications that are prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders fall in the category of Benzodiazepine drugs.
Benzodiazepines are CNS depressant drugs (central nervous system). There are several drugs that fall into the category of Benzodiazepines that are most often prescribed for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Central nervous system depressants are extremely useful when used correctly under a physician's care but they can also cause dependency when used long term or misused. The drugs that fall under the class of Benzodiazepines include:
- Alprazolam which is Xanax
- Lorazepam with is Ativan
- Clonazepam with is Klonopin
- Diazepam with is Valium
- Temazepam with is Restoril
The above Benzodiazepines are prescribed to patients the most and they're also the most abused. These drugs can be found on the illegal drug market very easily, unfortunately when they're misused and abused to get high, they can cause serious medical issues as well as addiction. Many people also mix these Benzodiazepines with other drugs or alcohol and this can lead to death.
Klonopin which is also known as Clonazepam is a prescription drug that's prescribed for patients suffering from insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks, and to control seizures brought on due to epilepsy. The way Klonopin (clonazepam) works is by reducing irregular brain activity. When chemicals in the brain become unbalanced it can cause anxiety, Klonopin is sometimes prescribed to treat the anxiety which balances out the irregular activity in the brain. Benzodiazepine drugs like Klonopin are prescribed to patients to help control their medical condition but it's not a cure and many patients taking Klonopin tend to forget that.
Klonopin and other Benzodiazepine drugs are also habit forming and many people have found that out the hard way. Today substance abuse is so prevalent that many adolescents, young adults and older adults use street drugs, prescription drugs, over the counter medications and alcohol to escape from reality and get high. Not only are they abusing certain drugs but they're mixing them with other drugs or alcohol. Mixing medications prescribed for anxiety and epilepsy with alcohol and other substances can cause:
- Shallow breathing
- Unusual behavior
- Impaired memory
- Motor control problems like loss of coordination
- The risk of overdose is much higher
People don't realize just how serious it is when they abuse drugs like Klonopin, they think because it's a legally prescribed medication even if they obtain it illegally, it's ok. Drugs like Clonazepam when taken in large doses, mixed with other CNS depressants, or mixed with alcohol can slow your heart rate and respiratory system down until your heart just stops beating. So many people have taken cocktails of drugs and mixed them with alcohol and never woke up.
Because of the euphoric high users receive when abusing Klonopin, if heroin users can't get their drug or if they can't afford heroin they choose Klonopin to abuse. Many heroin addicts abuse Klonopin to enhance the effects they get when using heroin and other opiate drugs.
I realize due to the economy life has changed for many people; many have lost their jobs and homes and are finding it hard to cope. Seeking medical help for depression or anxiety is essential for a lot of people during this time. Medications prescribed for the treatment of anxiety are safe if taken as directed and you follow-up with your physician.
Don't make the choice to self-medicate with illicit drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs obtained on the street. In a short period of time you will be much worse off than you are now and it's not easy overcoming dependency to some of these drugs. After a person becomes dependent on some of these drugs the severe depression and anxiety that comes with withdrawal is horrible and sometimes debilitating. And always remember, combining drugs and alcohol can be lethal.
If you're suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks do yourself a major favor and let your physician prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. Therapy does wonders sometimes for depression and other mood disorders for people who can afford it. For those that can't afford therapy learn meditation or yoga, you would be surprised what this form of therapy can do for you. Meditation reduces stress and brings peaceful relaxation to those that practice this form of therapy. After all, the economy is going to get better and many problems your facing right now will too, you want to be here when it does.