Tranquilizers, commonly known as sedatives or anxiolytics, play a significant role in addiction treatment by aiding in the management of withdrawal symptoms and anxiety stemming from substance abuse. Medications in this category, such as benzodiazepines (like Valium and Xanax) and non-benzodiazepines (such as Ambien and Lunesta), work by suppressing the central nervous system. This effect is achieved through the enhancement of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for inducing calmness, thereby easing anxiety, promoting relaxation and assisting with sleep. Originally developed to replace older sedatives like barbiturates, these drugs are often available in various forms, including tablets, capsules and injectable solutions.

These tranquilizers have been a staple in medical and psychiatric practices for treating conditions like anxiety, panic disorders, chronic insomnia and muscle spasms. However, their application in addiction therapy is carefully regulated due to their potential for dependency and abuse, especially when used improperly or at higher-than-prescribed doses. Misuse or prolonged use can result in dependency, both physical and psychological, requiring professional intervention for safe discontinuation.

The risks associated with prescription sedatives and tranquilizers are substantial, particularly when misused. Side effects can range from slurred speech and sluggishness to more severe outcomes like impaired memory, paranoia and in combination with substances like alcohol, life-threatening respiratory depression.

In cases of addiction, these medications must be administered under strict medical supervision, typically for short durations. Health professionals closely monitor the patient’s response to the medication, adjusting dosages as necessary and ensuring adherence to prescribed guidelines. Abrupt cessation can lead to significant withdrawal symptoms and anxiety rebound, necessitating a meticulously managed tapering process.

In the illicit drug market, certain benzodiazepines have been misappropriated as substitutes in drug preparations or in harmful combinations with alcohol with Rohypnol notably being misused as a ‘date rape drug’. The illegal circulation of these drugs usually involves diversion from legitimate medical sources rather than clandestine manufacturing.

In addiction recovery, tranquilizers form a component of a comprehensive treatment plan. While they provide immediate relief from withdrawal symptoms and help stabilise patients during the early stages of recovery, they are most effective when used in conjunction with therapies, counselling and lifestyle modifications.

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Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

Inpatient Rehab

Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

Mental Health

Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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