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Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment at Promises

If you’re struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, we can help. Promises drug rehab provides a discreet, comfortable setting where you’ll begin the work of  addiction recovery with an expert treatment team.

What is Benzodiazepine Drug Rehab Like?

It’s normal to feel apprehensive about entering drug rehab. We’ll make sure the admission process is as stress-free as possible. Our caring team of treatment center professionals will be with you every step of the way.

Specifics of  benzodiazepine addiction treatment are different for everyone. Our treatment center staff choose approaches based on your needs and preferences. While substance abuse treatment is personalized, main components usually include:

Benzodiazepine Detox

Withdrawal symptoms can be severe when benzos are taken with other substances like alcohol. Benzodiazepine addiction treatment may begin with medical detox. Drug addiction and withdrawal treatment usually involves a drug taper. During a drug taper, we decrease the dosage of benzos gradually. This can help prevent severe benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms. Medical detox also eases alcohol withdrawal if you’ve been abusing alcohol. Our physicians may use research-backed medications or alternative approaches to ease substance abuse withdrawal symptoms as appropriate.

You’ll be supervised around the clock by our medical team during benzo detox. We’ll attend to any discomfort promptly. Our drug and alcohol detox facility is welcoming and comfortable. 

Inpatient Benzodiazepine Treatment

You’ll enter a comprehensive drug abuse program after benzo detox. Residential treatment delves into the underlying reasons behind drug addiction. This includes attention to dual diagnosis issues. A dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder is the presence of mental health challenges like depression and anxiety. Depending on your needs, location and length of stay, you’ll receive:

  • A highly personalized treatment plan that considers your specific issues and preferences
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Traditional and alternative therapies
  • Psychiatric care and medication management
  • Family therapy
  • Well-balanced meals to support proper nutrition
  • Fitness opportunities
  • Aftercare planning
  • Alumni services

Why Consider Inpatient Drug Rehab?

Sometimes people downplay the seriousness of benzo addiction because it’s a prescription drug. However, people commonly abuse these drugs. Benzodiazepines can be useful when prescribed to treat conditions by a medical professional. Dependence can quickly develop when benzos are abused. Treatment of benzodiazepine dependence can bey complicated. An inpatient treatment center may be the best route depending on the severity of drug abuse.

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

You may experience several uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if you attempt benzo detox on your own. Symptoms depend on the severity of addiction and abuse. Medical detox can help make benzodiazepine withdrawal safe and more comfortable. Withdrawal symptoms our medical team help ease include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscular pain
  • Psychotic reactions
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures

Benzodiazepine Addiction Relapse

Benzodiazepine abusers who’ve been using high doses of benzos are likely to relapse without comprehensive drug addiction treatment.  Abusing other drugs and alcohol with benzos make recovery even more difficult. Drug rehab supports long-term sobriety by:

  • Providing distance from substance abuse triggers
  • Getting to the root cause of drug abuse
  • Using proven therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Teaching relapse prevention skills
  • Easing benzodiazepine withdrawal, which can lead to relapse
  • Providing aftercare planning for long-term addiction recovery

Frequently Asked Questions – Benzo Addictions

Are benzodiazepines dangerous?

When taken as prescribed to treat anxiety, panic, insomnia and convulsions, benzos are safe.  Always make sure use of a benzo prescription drug like Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) or Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is closely monitored by your doctor.  Research shows some people become physically dependent on benzos like Xanax (alprazolam) if they take large doses or long periods of time.

Benzodiazepines are dangerous when you abuse them. They’re also dangerous when you combine them with other substances like alcohol. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports:

  • 32% of ER visits involving benzodiazepines resulted in serious outcomes like hospitalization or death
  • 44% of ER visits involving benzodiazepines and opioid painkillers resulted in serious outcomes
  •  44% of ER visits involving benzodiazepines and alcohol resulted in serious  outcomes
  • 50% of hospital emergency visits involving benzodiazepines, opioids and alcohol resulted in serious health outcomes
  • 70% of ER visits involving people 65 or older who used benzodiazepines with alcohol and opioid pain relievers resulted in serious outcomes

Drug overdose involving benzodiazepines like Ativan (lorazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Valium (diazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) quadrupled between 2002 and 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

What are benzodiazepines prescribed to treat?

Benzodiazepines are drugs prescribed to treat:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms in alcohol detox

What types of drugs are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are 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)

How do benzodiazepines work?

Benzodiazepines work by enhancing GABA receptors (gamma amino butyric acid) in the brain. GABA receptors are responsible for depressing the central nervous system. They help you feel calm and relaxed. GABA-enhancing drugs like Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam) are used to treat anxiety, panic disorder and other issues.

What are short-term effects of benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines can have a number of short-term effects. These may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased alertness
  • Poor concentration
  • Lack of coordination, falls and injuries (especially in the elderly)
  • Decreased libido and sexual performance problems
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Euphoria
  • Nightmares
  • Changes in appetite
  • Depression
  • Hypotension and suppressed breathing (when injected intravenously)

What are long-term effects of benzodiazepines?

Long-term use of benzodiazepines can be dangerous. It can lead to adverse physical and mental health effects, including tolerance and dependence. Severe symptoms usually occur with abrupt or rapid withdrawal, so gradual reduction is recommended.

  • Tolerance develops quickly with long-term use of benzodiazepines. This can lead to benzodiazepines addiction and withdrawal symptoms. The most frequent withdrawal symptoms are:
    • Insomnia
    • Gastric problems
    • Tremors
    • Agitation
    • Muscle spasms
    • Fearfulness
  • Less common withdrawal symptoms are:
    • Irritability
    • Sweating
    • Depression
    • Psychosis
    • Suicidal behavior
    • Seizures
  • Other adverse effects of long-term benzodiazepine addiction can include a general deterioration in physical and mental health like:
    • Cognitive impairments
    • Behavioral problems
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Loss of sex drive
    • Agoraphobia
    • Social phobia
    • Altered perception
    • Inability to experience or express feelings
  • Chronic, recreational abusers may experience:
    • Aggression
    • Violence
    • Impulsivity
    • Irritability
    • Suicidal behavior

Long-term drug abuse with benzodiazepines may require residential or intensive outpatient rehab. This allows you to safely detox from taking the drug. You’ll learn relapse prevention skills and a healthy self-care habits.

What are effective benzodiazepine addiction treatments?

Benzodiazepine addiction responds well to effective treatments for other substance use disorders. Research shows behavioral therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy works well with benzo addictions. Gradual benzo tapers are  effective in medical detox according to research. Effective drug abuse treatment also includes individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, personalized treatment plans and co-occurring disorder treatment.

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