Benzodiazepines, more commonly known as just “benzos” are a classification of drugs meant to help those who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and seizures.

Benzodiazepines affect the GABA receptor, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain. Benzodiazepines help soothe and relax these receptors to ease anxiety. They are approved by the FDA so obtaining them is not difficult at all. Benzodiazepines are unique in the sense that they produce relaxing effects, so their withdrawal effects can be similar to drugs such as amphetamines or cocaine in small doses.

Because benzos act on brain receptors and produce pleasant feelings of relaxation, it is possible to become addicted. Like any other substance, it can rewire the brain’s reward responses. Signs of addiction include taking higher doses than what is prescribed, longer than prescribed, or snorting them to enhance its effects.


Compared to most other substances, benzodiazepine withdrawal is not very intense. However, it can still be unpleasant and addiction treatment should still be sought out.

One dangerous symptom of benzo withdrawal is seizures. Those who are prone to seizures, and have taken benzos to help prevent them, should be very careful during the withdraw period. Because the brain relies on benzos to help prevent them, seizures become more likely. It is highly recommended anyone going through benzo withdrawal seeks a medically-supervised treatment program.