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Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

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Don’t struggle alone!

Are you struggling with benzo addiction alone?

Medical treatments can help you get better.

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Whether you have been prescribed benzodiazepines for a long period of time or have started upping doses slowly…quitting benzos can be extremely difficult.

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If you find yourself struggling with:

  • Diazepam (valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)

…don’t continue suffering one day more.

We are here to help you. To find the best treatment option for you, read on. Here, we review common treatments for addiction. We’ll let you know what you can expect. Then, we invite your questions in the section at the end. Please reach out for help. There is no need to do it alone.

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Understanding Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzos are one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs… and one of the most addictive.

Users often develop TOLERANCE to benzodiazepines when they take their medication for a period of time. As tolerance gets stronger, you feel the need to increase doses in order to get the wanted effects. The more of your benzo drug that you use – the higher your risk of addiction.

When some people stop taking the drug, withdrawal symptoms emerge. They are a sign that your body and brain have gotten accustomed to the presence of benzos – that you have developed DEPENDENCE to benzodiazepines. Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely severe and make people unable to quit, only driving them one step closer to an addictive habit.

But what causes addiction?

Risk of Addiction

Certain people have a tendency toward addiction, which is caused by an interplay of numerous factors, including:

Genetics. People who have a close relative (parents or siblings) who has struggled with some form of addiction are more likely to develop addiction to benzodiazepines compared to those that don’t have a family history of addiction.

Physical factors. Some people’s brain chemistry makes them more susceptible to addiction. Benzodiazepines act on decision making centers of the brain, and with frequent use can alter the structure and function of the brain. After prolonged abuse the brain will no longer be able to properly function without benzos.

Environmental factors. A number of environmental triggers and stressors are related to the development of addiction. They may include, but are not limited to, living under high levels of stress, multiple family tragedies, and growing up around drug abuse.

Cooccurring disorders – It is common for drug abuse to occur at the same time as other mental health disorders. Some of the most commonly seen co-occurring disorders are:

…..Depression
…..Other substance abuse
…..Anxiety
…..Bipolar disorder
…..Schizophrenia
…..PTSD

If you are struggling to understanding benzodiazepine addiction or want to speak with professionals who can answer questions and support your search for appropriate benzo addiction treatment, please call 1-877-721-4471. Reputable treatment programs can address the main issues you encounter and help you quit for good.

Getting the Best Treatment

To get the best treatment possible and to quit drugs for good, you’ll need a tailor made program. Individualized treatment programs are of utmost importance for long-term recovery success. Each person has a unique history, with experiences, personal, and emotional issues that can all influence addiction. A good treatment program needs to answer to these specific needs.

You can choose from a wide variety of options:

  1. Type of treatment: Inpatient (residential), luxury, outpatient, intensive outpatient (IOP), or counseling.
  2. Duration of treatment: 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, or longer.
  3. Treatment facility location: Close to your living area or far away (destination rehab).
  4. Psychotherapy and behavioral therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Dual Diagnosis treatment, family and couples therapy, educational sessions and career counseling, and more.
  5. Additional therapies: Mindfulness, yoga, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neurofeedback, art therapy, or animal therapy.

If you have a benzodiazepine addiction problem, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to find all treatment resources on your own. Simply Call 1-877-721-4471 TODAY to get information and support in finding the right rehab option for you.

The First Step of Recovery from Benzos

The first step in treating a benzodiazepine addiction is removing the drug from your system. This process is known as detox and can cause dangerous side effects if not done properly.

Q: How can I quit benzo addiction safely?
A: By medically supervised detox and tapering doses.

TAPERING: Medical detox often involves tapering benzodiazepine doses down gradually and slowly. Tapering down can also mean taking a long-acting benzodiazepine such as diazepam (Valium) or clonazepam (Klonopin) and tapering those down to shorter acting benzodiazepines, as suggested by your doctor. In general, it takes most people about 10 weeks or more to finally stop taking tapered doses and fully detox from benzodiazepines.

WITHDRAWAL: Benzo withdrawal symptoms typically occur within four hours after the last dose and can persist for days, weeks, or even months. Most of benzo withdrawal symptoms will be present during the acute withdrawal phase and may include:

…..anxiety or depression
…..difficulty concentrating
…..disturbed sleep
…..headaches
…..heart palpitations
…..hypertension
…..irregular heart rate
…..irritability
…..muscle pain and stiffness
…..nausea
…..panic attacks
…..short-term memory loss
…..sweating
…..tension
…..tremors

Q: Can I quit benzos cold turkey?
A: NO. Quitting cold turkey is very dangerous and can even be fatal. Some serious side effects that may occur during benzo withdrawal, include:

…..delirium
…..extreme confusion
…..fever
…..hallucinations
…..seizures

Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be life-threatening due to grand mal seizures that may result in coma or death in heavily dependent individuals that stop taking benzos cold turkey.

If you have become addicted to benzodiazepines, support is just a call away. Call 1-877-721-4471 for assistance locating a benzodiazepines detox and rehab center near you.

Treating Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepine addiction can be treated at either an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program.

  1. Inpatient benzodiazepine rehab is recommended for individuals whose benzo addiction is too severe for them to detox and recover by themselves. Living at the facility and focusing on recovery only, without life distractions can help long-term sufferers of acute addiction to get and stay sober. THe round-the-clock monitoring and support they need is provided by qualified healthcare professionals.
  2. Outpatient care works well for patients who have not been on benzodiazepines for a long period of time and who don’t have an addiction to the medications. These are usually people who can follow a tapering schedule, treat symptoms of withdrawal with short-term prescription or over-the-counter medications, and don’t require constant monitoring as part of their treatment process.

Want to give yourself a fighting chance against benzodiazepine addiction? Call us now at 1-877-721-4471 to learn more about the benzodiazepine addiction rehabilitation options.

What happens in rehab?

Here is what you can expect during the addiction treatment process from benzos:

STEP #1. Intake and evaluation. Intake consists of an initial meeting with doctors and addiction therapists. They will assess the severity of your benzo abuse as well as diagnose any co-occurring mental health conditions.

STEP #2. Medical detox. Benzodiazepine detox is the safest way to cleanse your body of the drug. At the detox clinic, you will receive around-the-clock care in order to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible and do not relapse due to withdrawal effects.

STEP #3. Therapy. Therapy is an integral part of benzodiazepine addiction treatment. It assesses the root problems that influenced your abuse, while helping you to build healthy coping skills for stressful situations in life. Some of the common therapies used to treat the psychological and behavioral aspects of an addiction to benzos include:

…..Individual therapy.
…..Family therapy.
…..Dual diagnosis treatment.
…..Educational classes.
…..Relapse prevention.
…..Life skills classes.

STEP #4. Aftercare. The final step in the rehab process is aftercare planning. You will require guidance and continued support to ease the transition back into the real world once you are done with initial treatment. In case you attended a program away from home or a smaller program, you should be provided with recommendations to local resources.

How to Help Someone With a Benzodiazepine Addiction

It can be extremely difficult for benzo addicts to quit on their own. Family and friends can help positively influence them into treatment. But, approaching a loved one suffering from addiction is never easy.

So what can you do?

Stage an intervention. During an intervention, family members and close friends come together with the individual in need and talk to them about their addiction and urge them to get into a treatment program. The approach should be loving and supportive in nature. Yelling, threatening, or expressing anger in order to get someone addicted to benzos into treatment is not helpful and may drive the addicted person further away from seeking treatment.

Use Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT). CRAFT is designed to help family members intervene in such a way that they keep open communication and continue to care for their addicted loved one, while avoiding unhealthy behaviors like enabling and sacrificing their own self-care. The CRAFT approach can help motivate a loved one to seek treatment. In fact, there is a multitude of empirical evidence that support the CRAFT-based strategy for staging a successful intervention as successful and effective for getting loved ones into treatment.

If you’d like to find out more about how addiction treatment works, or you need to schedule an intervention for someone you love, please Call 1-877-721-4471 NOW to get the right professional help for you and your family.

What happens after rehab?

Ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting recovery from an addiction. Why? For a few reasons. First, the long-term effects of benzo abuse include protracted withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). Impaired brain function may take a long time to heal. Next, aftercare helps prevent relapse. And finally, aftercare helps people transition back into every day life. Aftercare services often include counseling and support group meeting.

What’s included?

1. Counseling interventions/Group therapy. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), relaxation training, motivational interviewing, self-monitoring of consumption, goal setting, management of withdrawal and coping with anxiety.

2. 12-step Groups. These self-help programs are based on a set of guiding principles outlining the course of action for tackling addiction. The 12-steps teach that recovery is sought in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual domains.

3. Follow-up medical care. Supervised medical management is recommended for those with a history of benzodiazepine abuse due to various physical and psychological complications that may arise as a result of long term benzodiazepine use.

4. Sober living communities. Sober living facilities offer a prolonged stay for recovering individuals who have quit using and look forward to a drug free life, but are just not ready to step into the real world yet.

5. Contingency Management (CM) – This behavioral therapy is aimed at preventing or reducing benzodiazepine use by making positive reinforcement contingent on drug free behavior. CM has been has been found to improve retention in treatment and allow long-term abstinence from benzos.

To learn more about the aftercare can be incorporated into your benzodiazepine addiction treatment, call 1-877-721-4471 to speak with a treatment support advisor. Our professional hotline staff are here to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Does Treatment Work?

Yes, benzodiazepine addiction treatment works.

Even if you relapse, it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed. Benzo addiction is often conceptualized as a chronic relapsing disorder. And, although addiction treatment helps you get rid of your need for benzos and become sober, there is more to the process of recovery.

In fact, the personal and societal benefits from living a sober life are numerous:

…..A new purpose in life.
…..A stable life at home.
…..Better relationships with family and friends.
…..Improved physical and mental health.
…..Professional and educational advancements.
…..Your brain and body heal from the effects of benzos.

The great benefit of benzodiazepine rehab programs is building a new life that affords you to live addiction-free…and it all starts when you get the treatment you need to stop benzo use.

Call 1-877-721-4471 to get started TODAY.

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