The Risks of Self-Medicating

People who suffer from a mental health disorder, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety are usually prescribed benzodiazepines (benzos) to reduce symptoms of the condition. Some self-medicate instead of seeking professional help for a mental health disorder. 

Self-medicating offers temporary relief rather than a long-term solution for mental health management and therapy. People self-medicate as an immediate fix to cope with mental health issues. There is a high risk of developing an addiction to benzodiazepines.

Effects of using benzos

Benzos provide an immediate, calming effect when taken but eventually the person who uses them will need to take more to replicate the feeling which increases the risk of overdose or other health problems. The combination of tolerance and dependence makes it hard to quit without medical treatment. Just like alcohol, benzos can cause blackouts. A person does not need to be addicted to experience a blackout.

When young people are under the influence of a benzo, they might engage in risky, spontaneous, and harmful behavior. This can result in stealing, causing accidents, and even rape. A blackout is anterograde amnesia and prevents the brain from forming new memories. When a person has a blackout, the risk of it occurring again increases.


Xanax works quickly, very effectively and is addictive. In an article for the METRO (2017), Katie Baillie and Caroline Westbrook wrote that Lil Peep, a rapper, died from taking six Xanax laced with fentanyl. CBS NEWS reported in 2016 that Prince died with extremely high levels of fentanyl in his system, which is a cheap synthetic opioid that is about 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is commonly found in fake Xan bars.

A fake Xan bar is a tablet that looks like Xanax but is actually a deadly combination of Xanax and fentanyl. Rather than risk the possibility of an overdose or early death, young people and those who are addicted to benzos must get treatment for addiction and the underlying mental health condition simultaneously as a dual diagnosis.

Mental health disorders are common and treatable. Benzos are anti-anxiety medication and are prescribed for extremely stressful situations for people who suffer from severe anxiety. Benzos should only be taken with a prescription as prescribed and monitored by a medical professional.

Treatment for addiction, substance use disorders, and mental health 

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health condition, get help today. Addiction can happen to anyone. Addiction makes you feel isolated, but you are not alone. Treatable is available and recovery is possible.

Mental health and substance use disorders often co-occur and must be treated simultaneously as a dual diagnosis for the best success in recovery. Do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Holistic treatment focuses on healing your mind, body, and spirit while helping you transition into a new, sober, healthy lifestyle. Break the chains of addiction and make the life-saving, life-changing decision to get help now.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.