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A tranquilizer can be used in many medical situations, whether in a hospital or veterinary clinic. These medications help calm people and animals before surgeries and other medical events. Tranquilizer addiction treatment may be necessary for someone who has started taking a tranquilizer when it is unnecessary, for recreation, or when the tranquilizer stops working properly and the dose has been increased. Increasing a dosage to a tranquilizer without a doctor’s approval can lead to dependency and addiction, so it is important to monitor tranquilizer usage.

Tranquilizer rehab and detox are options for those who have become addicted or dependent on tranquilizers, whether for medical or recreational reasons. If you would like to learn more about the tranquilizer addiction treatment plans, clinics or hospitals near you, contact our hotline at . Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help you understand the effects tranquilizers may cause on the body.

Did You Know?

Some illicit drug users take tranquilizers to offset the stimulant drugs they take.

Why Are Tranquilizers Used?

Tranquilizers can help with many conditions, including sleep disorders and anxiety disorders. They are considered central nervous system (CNS) depressants. These depressants help an individual by slowing the normal brain function. High doses can be used in some medical settings as general anesthetics or preanesthetics.

Tranquilizers should not be taken with:

  • Pain medications
  • Some over-the-counter cold medications
  • Allergy medications
  • Alcohol

Combining a tranquilizer with any of these may lead to the slowing of respiration and heart rate. This can lead to a fatal interaction. For more information about the side effects of mixing tranquilizers with other prescription drugs, illicit, or over-the-counter drugs or drinks, contact our 24-hour hotline at . Our toll-free hotline has the information you need to make choices that lead to a safe and happy lifestyle.

Did You Know?

Addiction and dependency are not the same. Addiction involves a patient needing a drug to the point that it interferes with his or her daily life, and he or she will also crave the drug when it is unnecessary. Dependency or tolerance can occur when the drug is taken as prescribed and may interfere in the daily activities of a person. Dependency is physical and emotional, similar to addiction.


“Counseling is one way to help patients through the detox process. Counseling may focus on cognitive behavioral therapy.”Tranquilizer detox is the first step to treatment for a person with an addiction or dependency issue. Safe detoxification is extremely important for those who use tranquilizers. Because the brain’s activity is slowed, stopping a CNS depressant quickly can lead to rebounding and seizures that can be dangerous. However, these can be prevented with medically supervised withdrawal and tapering methods of treatments. Tranquilizer addiction treatment is best completed through a detoxification or rehabilitation with the staff that is educated about possible side effects, withdrawal symptoms and other necessary information.

Counseling is one way to help patients through the detox process. Counseling may focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. This will help individuals understand how the drug is affecting the body, why they started using the drug and why they want to continue the use of the drug. This helps break the emotional attachment that can form during an addiction.

Did You Know?

According to the NIDA, 6.2 percent of senior high school students have used tranquilizers.

Tranquilizer addiction treatment also uses supervision during the withdrawal process. Doctors may prescribe medications to counteract side effects of withdrawal or taper the medication the patient is currently taking. Tapering allows the doctor to prescribe less of the medication to the patient over time. As the patient’s body adjusts to less of the tranquilizer being taken, the doctor can continue to reduce the prescription without the patient having to worry about dramatic withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms may not happen at all.

Did You Know?

Medically supervised detox and withdrawal can prevent withdrawal symptoms or drastically reduce severe symptoms.

Tranquilizer Rehab

is the next step to tranquilizer addiction treatment. This focuses on rebuilding good behaviors in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Inpatient settings allow patients to live with others who face similar problems with dependency and addiction. This is normally considered wise for those with serious addiction problems because there is a medical staff on hand at all times. Those with lesser addictions or dependencies may instead complete outpatient therapies. This allows patients to stay at home during treatment, to go to work, to go to school, and to participate in normal activities. Patients may go to physical check-ups, get blood work completed, and go to therapy sessions to prevent relapse of tranquilizer use.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug dependency or addiction, call our hotline at . We can help direct you to the nearest clinic for detoxification or rehabilitation.

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