Substance Use Disorders

Understanding Benzodiazepine Addiction and Treatment

Anxiety and insomnia are problems that people struggle with every day. They can interfere with quality of life and be very distressing. When used as prescribed, benzodiazepines can help alleviate symptoms and enhance relaxation. However, long-term use, as well as misuse, can increase risks of drug addiction and contribute to other health concerns. But not everyone who misuses benzos has anxiety or insomnia either – some people use it for its sedative effects to cope with other problems.

Benzodiazepines are approved prescription drugs that are used for panic disorder or anxiety cases. However, due to its sedating and hypnotic effect, benzos are very prone to abuse and accessibility makes it easier for users to misuse.

 

Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepine is a broad category of depressants and tranquilizers that encompasses many drugs. Common drugs include Xanax®, Valium®, Ativan®, Klonopin®, Versed®, and Restoril®. They slow down the central nervous system and increase GABA levels in the brain. In turn, this produces a sedative effect that makes individuals feel more relaxed and less anxious.

You can check these benzodiazepine addiction symptoms to know if someone is using or has been addicted for a long time:

  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired coordination
  • Blurred vision
  • Amnesia
  • Slow cognition
  • Hostility
  • Nightmares

 

Effects of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Taking too much of these drugs can cause certain long term effects to a person’s physical and mental health. The most common effects are:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Shallow breathing
  • Poor coordination
  • Blurry vision
  • Slurred speech

Extreme effects of abuse include:

  • Exacerbation of anxiety and insomnia
  • Neurological problems
  • Withdrawal also entails severe effects such as psychosis, depression and depersonalization
  • Death

Benzodiazepine abuse leads to dangerous repercussions. If you have spotted early benzodiazepine addiction symptoms, then seek for an addiction treatment before it is too late.

Benzo Detox & Rehabbenzodiazepine-addiction-treatment-crossroads

Benzodiazepines is a broad category of depressants and tranquilizers that encompasses many drugs. Common drugs include Xanax®, Valium®, Ativan®, Klonopin®, Versed®, and Restoril®. They slow down the central nervous system and increase GABA levels in the brain. In turn, this produces a sedative effect that makes individuals feel more relaxed and less anxious. Taking too much of these drugs can cause dizziness, confusion, shallow breathing, poor coordination, blurry vision, or slurred speech. In some cases, they may actually exacerbate the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.

It can be difficult to stop use on one’s own and cope with the challenges of withdrawal. Benzodiazepine rehab starts with supervised detox to help clients overcome withdrawal symptoms as safely and comfortably as possible. It is necessary to rid the body of all addictive substances in order to make the most of recovery. If the brain is still being influenced by these drugs, it can be harder to make lasting changes. Rehab at Crossroads addresses the physical and psychological effects of benzo addiction to create a comprehensive recovery plan that supports long-term sobriety.

Crossroads’ Treatment of Benzodiazepine Addiction

There is help available and recovery is possible. Whether someone is seeking treatment for the first time or overcoming a relapse, there are personalized, gender-responsive Benzodiazepine addiction treatment available to help clients in turning their lives around and solidifying recovery efforts.

Crossroads, an addiction and mental health treatment center, partners with individuals, families, medical providers, and other professionals to increase access to effective treatment for benzo addiction.

Benzodiazepine rehab starts with supervised detox to help clients overcome withdrawal symptoms as safely and comfortably as possible. It is necessary to rid the body of all addictive substances in order to make the most of recovery. If the brain is still being influenced by these drugs, it can be harder to make lasting changes. Benzodiazepine addiction treatment at Crossroads addresses the physical and psychological effects of benzo abuse to create a comprehensive recovery plan that supports long-term sobriety.

Benzodiazepine addiction treatment sets clients up for success by combining a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches and therapies to support positive change in all aspects of clients’ lives. Programs integrate individual and group therapies with activities such as meditation, yoga, and acupuncture. Clients also engage in gender-responsive treatments that focus on the unique challenges they face and build skills to promote relapse prevention and achieve a balanced life in recovery.

The Back Cove Women’s Residential Program and Children and Mothers Residential Program (CAMP) at Crossroads are tailored to the unique needs of women and create a structured, therapeutic environment where women can build a solid foundation for recovery. The CAMP program allows women to keep their children close by providing childcare while women are in treatment and incorporating parenting education and related services.

As clients adjust to recovery and implementing positive changes in their lives, outpatient treatment and therapy programs are available to provide ongoing support and education to promote success. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention therapy are just a few of the evidence-based techniques used in Benzodiazepine addiction treatment.

In addition, family therapy and education programs are also part of the rehab process since addiction affects the entire family. Relationship building is an essential component of recovery and moving forward in a healthier manner.

To overcome addiction, clients and their families should come together and equip themselves with the right strategies, tools, and resources for effective recovery and relapse prevention. It is not too late to seek comprehensive treatment and start a new path to embrace who you truly want to be.

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This was definitely a life changing experience. The staff was wonderful and I am leaving here sober, happy and healthy. I thank everyone for their love and care.”
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