Benzodiazepine addiction and dependence can be hard to get over.
It takes more than a sudden decision or the want to stop using to get over drug abuse.
The best results are often found at a medical facility where you’re protected from medical complications of coming off these dangerous drugs.
The best way to get off benzos is by starting with a benzo detox. This is to prevent long-term side effects from drug abuse. You follow detox by continuing treatment with a drug rehab program at a treatment facility. Benzo treatment is available at The Recovery Team. Learn more about our custom approach to addiction treatment by contacting our confidential counselors.
How is Benzo Addiction Treated?
The most advised starting point for benzo treatment includes a detox program followed by a residential stay and outpatient treatment. To have the best success, it is important to go to a detox and rehab facility that specializes in benzodiazepine treatment and substance abuse.
They should also be prepared for co-occurring conditions and dual diagnosis since benzos are often prescribed to treat mental health issues in the short term. With a co-occurring mental health condition, it can be difficult to also address addiction without the support of trained specialists.
There are many uncomfortable and dangerous benzo withdrawal symptoms that can occur while detoxing off benzos. These can include things like anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, and many other negative symptoms.
Many continue using benzos just to avoid the withdrawals caused by stopping them. The main goal of medical benzo detox is to have the benzo withdrawal symptoms safely managed by a certified medical doctor and expert staff. You can protect yourself from seizures, coma, and even death as a result of their expertise and care.
During detox, medications can often be prescribed to help deal with common issues like anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. A professional drug and alcohol detox and treatment center can provide the best results for benzo detox. The Recovery Team’s Palm Beach rehab centers are well-qualified for the treatment of this disorder.
Residential programs for addiction can make the benzo detox process a lot easier, and they address more than the physical dependence on benzos. The main benefits of residential treatment are a comfortable and safe environment in which to build a support network through group therapy and receive care in alternative modes.
Additional benefits and modes of therapy include EMDR, CBT, DBT, yoga, massage, medication management, and more. Paired with these behavioral therapy options, you can speed recovery overall while maintaining around-the-clock medical supervision by professional staff.
Outpatient programs then provide more benefits to people suffering from benzodiazepine addiction. Extra access to professional therapists can be a huge difference to those with severe benzo addictions. Our outpatient programs offer access to various therapies to those graduating from and engaged in our programs.
Why Does Benzo Addiction Require Treatment?
Trying to get off benzos without the assistance of medical professionals can be life-threatening and is never recommended. Benzodiazepines are strong depressant drugs that can alter brain structure if taken heavily. This can result in potentially serious withdrawals that untrained people are not able to handle in a safe manner.
The most serious of these benzo withdrawal symptoms can be:
When benzo drug rehab treatment is conducted by trained medical staff it allows for the individual to be safely weaned off the substance. If benzo addiction is paired with addiction to alcohol or opiates it can often require emergency medical care.
Individuals can be overly sedated as a result of combining depressants like benzos, opiates, and alcohol. This can mean a very low heart and breathing rate that can end in a coma or death. Because of the increased risk in this situation, it’s vital to receive treatment in a professional facility.
Because of the changes to the brain, benzos leave your system with difficulty. At a medical detox center, treatment for benzo addiction includes various different forms of counseling. These help with controlling the cravings, understanding what addiction is, and building a support network of people.
To prevent relapse, a full recovery program is highly recommended after a benzo detox. With detox alone, the risk of relapse is very high due to the way benzos affect the body and mind. The higher the dose of benzos taken usually results in a higher risk of relapse.
How Long is Benzo Drug Rehab?
Benzodiazepine treatment varies by individual. Some factors include the amount of benzos taken, how long benzos have been taken, and the person’s bodily reaction to the medication. It also matters if any substances are being taken alongside benzos—such as alcohol, opiates, or sedatives—as well as your overall general health.
Professional medical facilities are able to determine all of these factors and provide the quickest, personalized treatment options for successful results.
Common Therapies in Benzo Drug Rehab
Behavioral therapies have several benefits for those who find themselves addicted to benzodiazepines, especially when they are received in the residential stage of the treatment process.
One of the most important goals is the ability to learn to deal with cravings and urges. Therapy helps identify triggers to help avoid these urges. It also teaches how to overcome many other issues such as relationship building and other factors which can be used every day. Some therapies that help include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), CMT (Contingency Management Therapy), and Family Therapy.
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Medical Rehab Treatment for Benzo Addiction
The most common medical treatment for benzodiazepine addiction is a gradual medication taper. This is to slowly get the user off of benzos with the lowest chance of medical complications. Tapers are scheduled around the individual’s unique situation such as dosage, specific benzo use, and other factors.
Sometimes a medication with a longer-lasting duration will be used to replace shorter-acting benzos. The goal is to completely taper off the longer-duration medication over time. Around half of the withdrawal symptoms from benzos are sleep deprivation-related. Because of this, sleeping medications are used to keep the effects of these symptoms to a minimum.
PAWS (Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome) can be challenging, painful, and last months. PAWS can have a series of unpleasant benzo withdrawal symptoms and can be a major health risk. Someone going through PAWS may experience:
- unreasonable fears
- a sense of crawling skin
- weight loss
- thoughts in circles
There are currently not any specific FDA-approved medicines to treat benzodiazepine addiction. Professional medical supervision is needed to have safe and pain-free withdrawal from benzos using evidence-based methods. Afterward, treatment continues through outpatient rehab and treatment of co-occurring disorders.
Holistic Benzo Drug Rehab Treatment Options
Holistic treatment options for benzo addiction are used alongside medical treatments to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible. These holistic options are highly recommended and offered after the detox level at The Recovery Team.
These treatment options help reduce stress, build good habits to use throughout recovery, and help with focus and concentration. The most common holistic options are yoga, meditation, and massage therapy.
One of the most common forms of holistic treatment options, massage therapy has multiple benefits to those going through benzo drug rehab treatment. The treatment is relaxing and can help with mental health struggles after benzo addiction. It commonly promotes a positive mindset and heals the body. It also treats anxiety.
Yoga therapy is another common holistic treatment option. It is seen to have positive results in assisting with the success of benzo addiction treatment according to studies. Positive self-esteem, inner balance, and a reduction in stress are all wonderful benefits of such activities.
Yoga therapy helps to reconnect the mind and body. It also teaches many breathing exercises which can be used to help combat urges that can accompany benzo detox. Yoga helps with the effects of benzodiazepine withdrawals like anxiety disorders.
Mindfulness meditation helps decrease stress and depression, leads to better sleep, can decrease pain levels, and assists in lowering anxiety. Meditation can also reduce intrusive negative thoughts, help deal with urges and impulses, and improve self-awareness.
Choose The Recovery Team for Benzo Rehab
If you are struggling with addiction, The Recovery Team can help. We offer a full continuum of care that starts at mild cases and moves on to severe ones—ensuring every individual has access to their own unique path into sobriety!
With our admissions counselors standing by 24/7, we’ll be there when it matters most. Our process can work miracles in your life (or a loved one’s life), so call today to discuss drug rehab recovery with our confidential counselors.