Benzodiazepines are addictive drugs and belong to the sedative class of substances. There are a variety of symptoms to look for when someone is abusing these drugs. Despite the drug being a sedative, there are mood changes. These are always noticeable such as more irritable or spacey and incoherent. Slurred speech and confusion are common especially when the body is not adjusted to the amount being used. Along with this is a lack of motor coordination even with the simplest tasks. Long-term use can cause anorexia or a rapid weight loss.
The person becomes consumed with taking the drugs and neglects taking care of him or herself. Using benzodiazepines regularly will cause sleeping problems. The person will look tired and will never look as if they were rested. The individual starts to withdrawal from family and friends and their obligations. It is common to become uncharacteristically secretive about their daily schedule or routines. There are noticeable shifts in their mood or personality. Eventually losing interest in all things, no communication, and not taking responsibility for his or her life.
The only drug paraphernalia with benzos would be a prescription bottle. There can be indicators with doctor shopping or spending more money than usual. These drugs can be easily purchased online if the user is unable to get them from a doctor. They may inquire if you know of any good doctors or someone who takes these drugs. It may sound silly, but addicts ask these questions. Benzodiazepines are commonly mixed with alcohol. There may be more drinking involved or empty liquor bottles being hidden away. Rapid personality and mood changes are the biggest red flag. Prescription drug addiction is not always easy to spot.