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Recreational Value of Benzodiazepines...Why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:00:24 PM »
Why DO people abuse Benzodiazepines?


I understand taking them in normal dosages when not prescribed them for anything more than just taking them for fun, it might calm you down a bit...

But why do people abuse them? I don't see them doing anything more than just calming my nerves a bit...

But seriously, why not just drink a few beers?
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Re: Recreational Value of Benzodiazepines...Why?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 07:13:20 PM »
Why DO people abuse Benzodiazepines?

Some people abuse benzodiazepines (BZDs) because they've gotten onto a treadmill of upping the dose to counter the buildup of tolerance to them. However, this is rare. They are mostly used by illicit drug users to ease the withdrawal symptoms of the other drugs (BZDs are used in detox centres for the same reason), and a few inject them to get a high, I assume because they are cheaper.

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Re: Recreational Value of Benzodiazepines...Why?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 07:48:29 PM »
That makes sense, because I never knew BZDs to have ANY Euphoric value. Am I incorrect?
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Re: Recreational Value of Benzodiazepines...Why?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 10:32:43 PM »
That makes sense, because I never knew BZDs to have ANY Euphoric value. Am I incorrect?

They apparently do if you inject them at a high enough doses. I've been anesthetized with high dose BZDs injections a couple of times for minor medical procedures and they didn't have that affect on me, but then neither does alcohol, so maybe it's just me.

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Re: Recreational Value of Benzodiazepines...Why?
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 02:27:14 PM »
i don't know. i have felt loopy and a bit uninhibited if i take too much klonopin, but it's nothing euphoric. i was with friends a couple days ago and they were snorting xanax and i just couldn't understand why. i think when people abuse benzos, it's mostly always as an addon to another drug. alcohol, weed, heroin, etc. and like Ian said also used to come down from drugs. I know my brother who is a meth addict uses ativan when he comes down.
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Re: Recreational Value of Benzodiazepines...Why?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 12:36:14 AM »
I know I have also heard of people getting a "feeling of euphoria" from things like Xanax, and using it to get a buzz or whatnot.

IDK.  I have *never* felt that, even at what is normally considered high doses.  If I am lucky it takes the edge of my panic and calms my IBS enough so I can step outside.  ::)


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