Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment at Promises

Benzodiazepines can have useful benefits when prescribed for legitimate medical issues and closely monitored by a medical professional. When abused, dependence can quickly develop and benzodiazepine addiction can be hard to overcome.

Because withdrawal symptoms can be severe, benzodiazepine addiction treatment usually begins with detox, which usually involves the drug being tapered off at specific intervals. Benzo detox is closely supervised by our medical team and any discomfort is attended to immediately.

Following drug detox, clients enter a comprehensive addiction treatment program that delves into the underlying reasons behind their substance use and addresses co-occurring mental health issues. While every client’s experience is different, all clients receiving benzodiazepines addiction treatment will have individualized care and personalized treatment plans, a family program, individual therapy and multiple weekly group therapy sessions, and alumni services to help in continued recovery.

About Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that are prescribed medically to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, muscle spasms and more. Also known as “benzos” or “benzies,” these drugs are found in many forms, including:

  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
  • Tranxene (clorazepate)
  • Paxipam (halazepam)
  • Centrax or Verstran (prazepam)
  • Klonopin/Clonopin (clonazepam)
  • Dalmane (flurazepam)
  • Serax (oxazepam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Restoril (temazepam)
  • Halcion (triazolam)

Benzodiazepines work by enhancing GABA receptors (gamma amino butyric acid), thereby depressing the central nervous system. Long-term use of benzodiazepines can be dangerous as it can lead to adverse physical and psychological effects, including tolerance and dependence. Benzodiazepines are commonly abused and taken in combination with other substances of abuse like alcohol.

Short-Term Effects of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines can result in drowsiness, dizziness and decreased alertness and concentration. The elderly often experience lack of coordination, falls and injuries when taking benzodiazepines. Decreased libido and sexual performance problems are a common side effect. Less common side effects include nausea, blurred vision, confusion, euphoria, nightmares, changes in appetite and depression. When injected intravenously, hypotension and suppressed breathing may be encountered.

Long-Term Effects of Benzodiazepines

Tolerance develops quickly with repeated use of benzodiazepines, which can lead to benzodiazepines addiction and withdrawal symptoms. The most frequent withdrawal symptoms are insomnia, gastric problems, tremors, agitation, muscle spasms and fearfulness. Less common effects are irritability, sweating, depression, psychosis, suicidal behavior, seizures and delirium tremens. Severe symptoms usually occur as a result of abrupt or rapid withdrawal, so gradual reduction is recommended.

Other adverse effects of benzodiazepine addiction can include a general deterioration in physical and mental health, including cognitive impairments, behavioral problems, anxiety and depression, loss of sex drive, agoraphobia and social phobia, an altered perception of self and environment, and an inability to experience or express feelings.

Chronic, recreational abusers may experience paradoxical effects such as aggression, violence, impulsivity, irritability and suicidal behavior. Long-term use of the drugs will usually require a residential or intensive outpatient benzodiazepine addiction treatment program to safely detox from the drug and develop healthy coping skills to help prevent relapse.

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