The Truth about Benzos and Benzo Addiction
Benzodiazepines are typically used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and stress reactions. Valium and Xanax (both part of the benzodiazepine family) are often used for recreational purposes. Others, like ProSom and Halcion, have a sedative effect that goes beyond the typical anxiety relief and are used to treat short-term sleep disorders.
Doctors do not typically prescribe benzodiazepines for long-term sleep issues because patients can quickly develop a tolerance or become addicted. Someone who is abusing benzodiazepines is using medication that’s aimed at relieving sleep disorders and anxiety to slow down the brain and create a sense of calm.
Benzodiazepines are extremely addictive and can be very dangerous to withdraw from without medical assistance. Mixing alcohol and benzodiazepines can be life threatening. If you or a loved one are experiencing benzodiazepine abuse, seek medical attention immediately.
It can be life threatening to attempt detoxification from benzos on your own.
Outward signs of benzodiazepine abuse may include:
- Becoming increasingly forgetful or dazed
- Speech seems slurred or delayed
- The person may appear noticeably uncoordinated
- Dilated pupils
- The person may seem uncharacteristically sluggish, tired, depressed or suicidal; or, they may seem aggressive, irritable or paranoid
Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment at Journey Pure At The River
At JourneyPure At The River, clients receive the following services essential for overcoming an addiction to benzos:
- Complete physical and mental evaluation by addiction healthcare professionals to address undiagnosed health problems or psychological disorders
- Medical detoxification supported by medications to relieve withdrawal symptoms, and 24/7 assistance from physicians who specialize in addiction withdrawal.
- Intensive counseling and psychotherapy sessions to give clients the coping and life skills they need to successfully complete a benzodiazepine addiction treatment program. Motivational interviewing is one type of client-centered, non-confrontational therapy we use to sharpen a client’s self-awareness of the consequences and risks of addictive behavior.
- Holistic services to nourish the body, mind and spirit
- Aftercare programs and ongoing support specifically designed to help clients recognize stressors that may trigger relapse
How Long Does It Take to Complete Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment?
The length of stay varies for each client who enters our addiction treatment center. This depends on factors such as:
- Severity and duration of an individual’s addiction
- How they used the drug—whether pills were snorted or injected, and what other drugs they used with benzos
- Tolerance level to benzos
- Additional physical or mental health conditions affecting the client
- Whether the client has experienced past problems with relapse or completing an addiction treatment program
If you or someone you know needs addiction treatment for benzodiazepines, please call us today. JourneyPure At The River excels in developing personalized recovery programs that address the unique needs of benzo addicts seeking sobriety. We have helped many addicts overcome addiction with a successful combination of evidence-based counseling, group therapy, individual psychotherapy, and experiential activities.