In the 1970s, a team of chemists developed pyrazolam. This substance was derived from benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that includes alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium). Like these drugs, pyrazolam causes sedation and muscle relaxation.
In recent years, pyrazolam has become popular on the illegal drug market. Before trying the drug, many people wonder if it’s addictive.
Is Pyrazolam Addictive?
Most people abuse benzodiazepines to experience relaxation and euphoria (intense joy). Pyrazolam is less likely to cause euphoria than other benzodiazepines. However, people still abuse the drug for its relaxing effects, and pyrazolam poses a high risk of addiction.
Pyrazolam addiction is a serious disease that makes you feel unable to stop using the drug. The most common symptoms are tolerance and physical dependence.
Tolerance means that your body gets used to the effects of pyrazolam over time. You will then need increasingly larger or more frequent doses to feel the desired effects. Many people develop a tolerance to pyrazolam within just a few days of regular use.
Pyrazolam causes cross-tolerance with other benzodiazepines. In other words, when you develop a tolerance to it, other benzodiazepines will also have less of an effect on you.
When you regularly use pyrazolam, your body may become unable to function normally without it. This is called physical dependence.
If you’re physically dependent on pyrazolam and stop using it, you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. The most common withdrawal symptoms associated with pyrazolam include:
- panic attacks
- trouble concentrating
- muscle aches
- trouble sleeping
Some people also experience more severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts.
Other symptoms of pyrazolam addiction may include:
- mood swings
- loss of motivation
- loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- avoidance of family and friends
- decline in personal hygiene
Risks Of Pyrazolam Addiction
People with pyrazolam addiction are more likely to experience the drug’s negative side effects. These effects may include:
- muscle weakness
- impaired coordination
- slurred speech
- poor memory
In addition, people with pyrazolam addiction face a high risk of overdose, especially if they mix the drug with alcohol. The most common signs of a pyrazolam overdose include:
- extreme drowsiness
- mood swings
- clammy skin
- enlarged pupils
- blurry vision
- trouble breathing
- weak pulse
- loss of consciousness
If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call 911 right away. When left untreated, a pyrazolam overdose can be life-threatening.
Pyrazolam Addiction Treatment Options
Like other diseases, pyrazolam addiction requires professional treatment. If you or someone you love is addicted to pyrazolam, seek help at a substance abuse treatment program.
Some treatment programs are outpatient, which means you regularly visit the treatment center while living at home. Other treatment programs are inpatient, which means you live at the treatment center and receive 24/7 care.
Your healthcare provider can help you determine which option is right for you.
Once you enter the treatment program, a team of doctors will work with you to create your personalized treatment plan. Most treatment plans include the following services:
During medical detox, doctors will help you slowly taper off pyrazolam. This strategy is much safer than quitting cold turkey. That’s because it gives your body time to adjust to life without the drug.
As you get pyrazolam out of your system, your doctors will help you stay as comfortable as possible. They may prescribe medications to ease certain withdrawal symptoms, such as anti-nausea medications and sleep aids.
In therapy, a mental health professional will teach you coping strategies to help you manage pyrazolam cravings. The most popular coping strategies include:
- spending time with supportive loved ones
Your therapist can also help you cope with co-occurring mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. When you learn how to manage these conditions, you are less likely to relapse (start using pyrazolam again).
When recovering from pyrazolam addiction, you may feel misunderstood and alone. In a support group, you can discuss your experiences with other people in recovery. You can also learn helpful coping tips from people who have been recovering longer than you.
Before you leave your treatment program, your doctors will help you create a personalized aftercare plan. This plan will include a variety of strategies to reduce your risk of relapse. Depending on your needs, these strategies may include:
- ongoing therapy
- ongoing support groups
- regular exercise
- assistance with employment, education, or housing
To learn more about treatment for pyrazolam addiction, please reach out to Northeast Addictions Treatment Center. Our board-certified healthcare providers offer comprehensive, evidence-based care to keep you or your loved one healthy.
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