Benzodiazepine Addiction – Prescription Medication Abuse

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs used in the treatment of many different disorders and conditions, including seizures, anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines have an addictive potential. In fact, recent studies from DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network) list benzodiazepine addiction as one of two most frequently reported prescription medication addictions, along with opioid pain relievers.

An exciting, new form of addictions research analyzes internet search behaviors for a wide range of potentially abusive substances. The following study examined the search results for benzodiazepine-related terms over a one-year period.

Long List of Benzodiazepines from which to Choose

The list of benzodiazepines is lengthy. There are at least 16 well-known benzodiazepines on the market, including the most recognizable – Xanax, Valium and Ativan. Graph 1 below reveals that 5,073 searches/year were conducted using the term “list of benzodiazepines”. Clearly, individuals are searching for information on this popular class of psychoactive medications.

Searches involving the words benzodiazepines and alcohol present an interesting dichotomy. With just over 8,700 searches a year, the phrase “benzodiazepine and alcohol” could indicate that individuals are either looking for information about the extremely harmful effects of combining alcohol and benzodiazepines, or the use of benzodiazepines in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal. The phrases, “alcohol withdrawal” (300) and “acute alcohol withdrawal” (274) more clearly point to inquiries about benzodiazepines in connection with alcohol withdrawal treatment.

Benzodiazepine Addictions Research - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  9000
benzodiazepines and alcohol    8760
list of benzodiazepines    5073
types of benzodiazepines    2190
benzodiazepine withdrawal    2178
benzodiazepine comparison    1826
what are benzodiazepines    1825
benzodiazepine list    1460
fda approved benzodiazepines    1150
half life of benzodiazepines    1097
benzodiazepine abuse    1095
benzodiazepine equivalency    1095
benzodiazepine withdraw    804
benzodiazepines drug test    731
benzodiazepine half life    730
medicines that contain benzodiazepines    730
benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome    548
kava xanax benzo    474
all benzodiazepines    394
list of all benzodiazepines    365
benzodiazepines info    365
benzodiazepine pharmacology    365
methadone benzodiazepine interaction    328
alcohol withdrawal    300
benzodiazepines claritin    292
acute alcohol withdrawal    274
withdrawal from benzodiazepines    222
benzodiazepines opiate    219
benzodiazepines test    219
benzodiazepines in your body    182
benzodiazepine drug    146
description of benzodiazepine    146
purchase benzodiazepines    146
benzodiazepine equivalence    146
benzodiazepines and the elderly    146
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Benzodiazepine Addictions – Concern from Internet Users

In Graph 2, the individual words associated with benzodiazepine searches reveal a genuine concern for the harmful potential of benzodiazepine abuse and dependency. The words, “withdrawal”, “abuse”, “withdraw” and “symptoms” total 4,885 searches. With benzodiazepine addictions on the rise, the internet is a useful source of information for this substance abuse issue.

Benzodiazepine - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in benzodiazepine searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 benzodiazepine exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words. - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  89,000
benzodiazepines    87024
benzodiazepine    54260
alcohol    9068
list    6961
long    3214
how    2937
stay    2934
withdrawal    2751
urine    2228
types    2190
what    1918
life    1833
half    1833
comparison    1826
abuse    1207
fda    1150
approved    1150
equivalency    1095
test    1090
drug    902
withdraw    807
system    743
contain    741
medicines    730
xanax    558
syndrome    548
benzo    486
kava    474
all    395
pharmacology    365
info    365
term    346
methadone    330
interaction    328
opiates    328
claritin    292
used    276
acute    274
elderly    261
anxiety    230
from    225
opiate    223
body    182
stats    159
muscle    157
equivalence    146
description    146
purchase    146
detection    129
positive    123
symptoms    120
patients    112
relaxer    110
valium    105
conversion    80
amphetamine    76
short    76
chart    76
barbiturates    75
mexico    73
times    73
catagories    73
pharmacodynamics    73
magnesium    73
injecting    73
listing    73
disorders    73
koop    73
labor    73
te    73
onset    73
diazepam    55
new    51
compare    49
natural    49
psoriasis    49
handouts    49
urinalysis    49
equivalencies    49
abbreviation    49
relaxers    46
side    44
overnight    36
delivery    36
society    36
script    36
equivalent    33
cannabinoid    30
dose    28
strengths    28
non    27
addiction    26
treatment    26
ethanol    24
article    24
lethal    24
review    24
palpitations    24
alprazolam    19
limits    18
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Advanced Addictions Research from a Prominent Montreal Drug and Alcohol Rehab

USDR, a leading Canadian drug and alcohol rehab center close to Montreal, Quebec, generously sponsors search frequency research as a part of an ongoing commitment to the advancement of substance abuse programs and treatment. By studying the search behaviors of internet users, Clear Haven has pioneered an innovative new form of addictions research. To read more fascinating research investigations, visit other pages on this site.

Benzodiazepine - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 100 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  120
benzodiazepine drug test    116
benzodiazepines abuse stats    110
benzodiazepines muscle relaxer    110
positive benzodiazepine drug test    110
benzodiazepine and elderly patients    110
benzodiazepine detection    83
benzodiazepine conversion    80
benzodiazepines for anxiety    78
benzodiazepines xanax    74
barbiturates benzodiazepines    74
injecting benzodiazepines    73
what are amphetamine    73
benzodiazepines te koop    73
benzodiazepines in labor    73
benzodiazepine detection times    73
mexico benzodiazepine    73
benzodiazepine conversion chart    73
benzodiazepines onset    73
listing of benzodiazepines    73
benzodiazepine pharmacodynamics    73
benzodiazepine magnesium    73
benzodiazepine withdrawal anxiety    73
benzodiazepine withdraw symptoms    73
benzodiazepine catagories    73
anxiety disorders benzodiazepines xanax    73
benzodiazepine withdrawal valium diazepam    55
valium diazepam    55
benzodiazepine equivalencies    49
benzodiazepines stats    49
compare benzodiazepines    49
benzodiazepine handouts    49
benzodiazepines abbreviation    49
benzodiazepine psoriasis    49
new benzodiazepines    49
benzodiazepine urinalysis    49
natural benzodiazepines    49
benzodiazepines equivalent strengths    28
benzodiazepines alcohol    27
benzodiazepines alcohol withdrawal    26
lethal dose benzodiazepines    24
benzodiazepine withdrawal palpitations    24
review article on benzodiazepines    24
ethanol benzodiazepines alcohol withdrawal    24
benzodiazepine or cannabinoid detection    24
non benzodiazepine    18
benzodiazepine drug detection limits    18
benzodiazepine receptor    16
chamomilla benzodiazepine    12
benzodiazepine valium    12
benzodiazepines impaired memory    12
gaba benzodiazepine chemical defense    12
benzodiazepine potencies    12
benzodiazepine in urine    11
benzodiazepines not covered    11
benzodiazepine addiction    11
benzodiazepine valium xanax    10
addiction to benzodiazepines    10
strongest benzodiazepines    10
valium xanax    10
non benzodiazepines    9
benzodiazepine mechanism of action    8
benzo adderall combo    8
benzodiazepine withdrawl    8
benzodiazepines priapism reported    8
benzodiazepines addictive    7
paradoxical excitation and benzodiazepines    7
strongest benzodiazepine    7
best benzodiazepine    7
benzodiazepines and lc/ms    6
benzodiazepines overdose    6
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