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This large family of prescription tranquilizers includes commonly prescribed medications like Xanax and Ativan. Used to treat everything from panic disorders to substance abuse, benzodiazepines are safe when used under a physician’s orders. 

Although these drugs are safe when used under a physician’s orders, benzodiazepine abuse is dangerous. It is easy to build up a tolerance to these drugs. Tolerance means a person has to take more and more benzodiazepines to feel the same effects. 

Large amounts of benzodiazepines can cause psychological problems and even be fatal. Additionally, detox from benzodiazepines is complicated, unpleasant, and in some cases, lethal. A professional, medically supervised detox center can reduce the risks and make the withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse easier to bear.

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