Benzo abuse is part of a growing epidemic here in Sonoma County. Since the 2017 wildfires, the number of Benzodiazepine pill prescriptions has increased noticeably. Benzodiazepines can be an effective treatment for anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and more. On the other hand, Benzos can be highly addictive and have a high potential for abuse.

Olympia House offers addiction treatment for alcohol, stimulants, opioids, and prescription drugs such as Benzodiazepine. We recognize there are circumstances or co-occurring disorders that underlie the foundation of addiction. Our philosophy at Olympia House focuses on developing individualized treatment plans customized to each client.

What Are Benzos?

Benzos or Benzodiazepines are a prescribed drug meant for anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, seizures, and more. The drug enhances the effect of the neurotransmitter GABA. This slows down activity in the brain and can tranquilize the stress signals.

Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin are some of the more better-known Benzodiazepine pills. These drugs, in combination with opioids or alcohol, can be fatal.

Benzo Addiction

Addiction to Benzodiazepines can be lead to physical or psychological health problems and, in some circumstances, could even be fatal. Long-term abuse can make the brain become unable to release the neurotransmitter effectively and lead to dependency on the drug.

Signs of addiction to Benzo may include:

  • using more Benzos than prescribed
  • spending majority of time and money using Benzos
  • experiencing employment problems because of drug use
  • showing up high on Benzos
  • difficulty walking
  • poor coordination
  • memory loss, and more

Benzo overdoses can be life-threatening if mixed with other drugs.

Some of the most common symptoms of a Benzo overdose include:

  • impaired balance
  • slurred speech
  • shallow breathing


Withdrawal from Benzo use should be done under supervision. It is both difficult and dangerous to quit using Benzos all at once. It is crucial to taper off the drug with help as withdrawal could result in tremors, muscle cramps, depression, and seizures. Talk to your doctor or contact us to see how we can help you transition to a life without a Benzo dependency.


Recovery from Benzos can be hard, but it is possible. At Olympia House, our residential inpatient treatment offers counseling, group therapy, family therapy, support groups, and more in a peaceful, country setting. We host free recovery tune-ups to ensure that our clients stay on track even after leaving our local rehab center.

Benzo addiction can lead to severe problems, learn more about our treatment options, and how we can help by contacting us today. Our inpatient addiction treatment program helps to get people off Benzos safely and effectively.

We are here to support you or your family. At Olympia House, we provide compassionate care with the latest evidence-based medical and therapeutic options. Dependency on any drug or prescription medications can be painful; please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.