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Are Americans Taking Too Many “Chill Pills”?

The term “chill pills” is used to refer to tranquilizers, a class of drug that is abused by more than two million Americans each year. That means that they are using it without a prescription or they are misusing it. They may be taking too much, too often or snorting or injecting it instead of swallowing the pills. 

Drugs that act as tranquilizers include benzodiazepines like Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Librium. Barbiturates are also sedatives/tranquilizers though they have mostly been replaced in use by benzodiazepines. Both these classes of drugs cause sleepiness and slowness in talking, moving and reaction time. They may also be used to help a person suffering from insomnia. 

Even if a person is prescribed these drugs by a physician to get through a difficult time, they can be addictive. How quickly they become addictive depends on how an individual processes that particular drug – no two people are alike. Prescribing information for benzodiazepines indicate that these drugs should only be used for short-term treatment. 

In fact, the instructions for Valium, one of the most popular benzodiazepines, say: “Valium is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with an anxiolytic (drug preventing or reducing anxiety).” In other words, because a person is stressed in their everyday life, they should not be medicated as a way of dealing with it. 

A person abusing these drugs is not likely to stop after a few weeks in an effort to prevent addiction. A drug becomes attractive to a person because it seems to solve a problem of some kind. There is some uncomfortable feeling that is covered up or seems to go away when this drug is taken. So that drug becomes valuable to the drug user and he or she may want to take more the next day. The drug could seem to solve anxiety over stress at work or in a marriage, or perhaps a person’s feeling of inadequacy or loneliness. But at the same time, a person abusing a tranquilizer is reducing his (or her) ability to deal with life’s problems. 

Keeping the Addiction Going 

If addiction follows this abuse, then the person tends to have a focus on being able to get enough of this drug to maintain the habit and prevent withdrawal. This could mean going to more than one doctor, which is illegal. As bodies develop a tolerance to these addictive drugs, meaning more of the drug is needed to get the same effect, then a second or third doctor may be a necessity, just to keep the person feeling stable. 

Addiction may in some cases go on for years, but it is creating damage every day. For most people, there will come a time that they realize they need to get clean. They need their real feelings back, they don’t want to feel dead any more. After extended abuse of tranquilizers, the Narconon Arrowhead drug and alcohol rehabilitation program can help them break through to the sober, enjoyable life they are seeking. 

At Narconon Arrowhead, you’ll find a long-term, holistic program that helps heal the whole person, the harm done by addiction and the reasons addiction started in the first place. The physical damage of addiction is addressed by generous nutritional supplementation as soon as a person walks in the door. This supplementation helps a person have the most tolerable withdrawal possible, also assisted by one-on-one work with the Narconon staff. With the use of calming physical and mental exercises, each person is helped to focus on a sober future, not the trauma of the past. 

A deep detoxification will soon follow, that helps flush out the toxins that drug use leaves behind. Because drugs tend to bond to fats in the body, they may tend to leave residues in the fatty tissues of the body, where they can remain for months or even years. Experience has proven that these residues can be involved in the triggering of cravings. In this detoxification, each person exercises moderately, follows a specific regimen of nutritional supplements and spends time in a sauna. This combination flushes out these old residues. As they leave, those completing this action say that their cravings drop, their outlooks brighten and they can think more clearly. 

It is then time to develop the sober living skills that will enable each person to make the right choices in the days and years that follow. The Narconon Arrowhead staff guide each person in recovery through the lessons and the practical applications of these life skills that have proven so essential to recovery. Like achieving the relief of guilt by learning how personal integrity is lost and applying this information to the recovery of self-respect. Those completing this phase talk about the “weight being lifted” from them as guilt begins to be replaced by trust. 

Learn more about the steps of this unique recovery program that can bring back your loved one, the way he was before he was addicted. Call 1-800-468-6933 today. 

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