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Benzo Detox & Addiction Treatment

At BeWell Recovery Centers, we offer our clients individually developed Benzo detox and addiction treatment programs designed to overcome withdrawal symptoms and move on to a healthier, life free from the hold of substance abuse.

Approximately 2,000 benzodiazepines have been produced but only 15 are marketed in the U.S.

Benzodiazepines, also known as Benzos, are one of the most widely used prescribed drugs for anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and some other medical disorders. Like the majority of prescription drugs, frequent Benzo use could lead to the development of tolerance, physical dependence and addiction. In general, a dependence on Benzodiazepines will develop within the few weeks after the first intake. Therefore, it is highly recommended to undergo a medically supervised Benzo detoxification and rehabilitation program like the one here at BeWell Recovery Centers; where patients learn to overcome their benzo addiction and start their lives anew.

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Types and Uses of Benzos

Benzodiazepines belong to the group of prescription medications and are generally used to produce sedation and muscle relaxation. Apart from this, this drug also affects the central nervous system. There are over 2000 various types of Benzodiazepines on the market, of which only 15 are approved by the FDA. Depending on the type and the reason it is being used, Benzos can be classified into three groups:

Ultra Short Acting

Midazolam (Versed)
This type of Benzodiazepine is used to cause drowsiness, decrease anxiety and arise forgetfulness in a patient before a surgery or a related procedure. Midazolam is mainly prescribed to children and must be used only under the control and care of a doctor or a health professional.

Triazolam (Halcion)
Triazolam is used for treating insomnia. The drug is often prescribed for no longer than 1-2 weeks. If after that time the symptoms of insomnia continue, talk to your doctor first instead of continuing to take Triazolam on your own.

Short Acting

Alprazolam (Xanax)
Short acting Benzodiazepines like Alprazolam (or Xanax) are used against anxiety and panic disorders.

Lorazepam (Ativan)
Medications like Lorazepam (or Ativan) are also used for the treatment of anxiety.

Long Acting

Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
Chlordiazepoxide is a Long Acting Benzodiazepine used for treating anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, as well as fear relief and decreasing anxiety before surgery.

Diazepam (Valium)
Diazepam is used to treat seizures, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal as well as to lighten muscle spasms and cause sedation before medical procedures.

As a prescription drug, Benzos are generally used to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • General anesthesia
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression

Benzo Treatment at BeWell Recovery Centers

Due to the professionalism of the doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists at BeWell Recovery Centers we can offer you or your loved one the highest-quality detox and addiction treatment programs for building lasting rehabilitation from Benzo dependence and use. As soon as the detox course is through, clients move on to full treatment and therapy to help continue your successful rehabilitation. Our well-trained and qualified medical team will provide a recovery program best suited for your recovery needs and offer the support you need during and after treatment.

Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that affect the central nervous system, more precisely, they act on the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA-A) receptors of the brain thus causing sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant effects.

While the reasons for developing a Benzodiazepines addiction can vary from person to person and for some could have genetic grounds, social and environmental factors such as socioeconomic status, unemployment, poverty, and peer pressure can also play a part in benzo dependence. Depending on the prescribed dosage it is natural for those using Benzodiazepines to experience slight side effects like the feeling of drowsiness or dizziness. However, the symptoms and risks of overdose are much more serious.

The symptoms of Benzodiazepine abuse include:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Vague speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Breathing issues
  • Coma
  • Death – though rare but happens in case the drug is mixed with alcohol and taken in large amounts.

After long term or frequent Benzodiazepine abuse, the symptoms will go deeper and ironically, bring forward problems that the drug was meant to treat in the first place.

Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms

Like other detox programs, if stopped abruptly the Benzo detoxification process is accompanied by a number of withdrawal symptoms such as seizures. In many cases it becomes difficult to distinguish whether withdrawal symptoms are related to Benzo detox or from the anxiety these drugs are often used to treat. The severity of Benzo withdrawal symptoms are largely dependent on the dose taken as well as on how the medication was discontinued i.e. gradually or abruptly. Of course, when stopping after long term Benzo use it’s better to quit the drug gradually under the care of a health care professional.

Below are the most common symptoms of Benzodiazepine withdrawal those in detox experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Panic
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Pain in muscles and stiffness
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sensory problems
  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • High blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Concentration problems

The first step of Benzo addiction treatment at BeWell Recovery Centers begins with our highly professional detox program and facility equipped with everything needed to fully detox and recover from the effects of these drugs. Our Benzo detox program is fulfilled according to a thoroughly studied program and designed to help alleviate uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and gradually remove the substance from your system.

Benzo Detox Timeline

As already mentioned the timeline of Benzodiazepine withdrawal and the symptoms experienced during and after the detoxification process can vary from person to person. The differences during each stage of the timeline can depend on how abruptly you have stopped Benzo use, or on the doses you used to take. The withdrawal timeline below is just an approximate one showing the changes an “average” patient experiences during Benzo detoxification:

First 6-8 Hours

The first 6-8 hours after you stop using Benzodiazepines are followed by symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. This is especially evident among short-term Benzo users.

Days 1-4

During this stage the intensity of anxiety and insomnia present from the first stage increases greatly. Other withdrawal symptoms those in rehab for Benzos experience during this time include higher heart and breathing rate, sweating and nausea. It’s only after the first 1-4 days that long-term Benzo users begin facing the symptoms of withdrawal.

Days 10-14

After 10-14 days of detoxification short-term Benzo users will already start feeling relief of withdrawal symptoms. However, it’s at this time that the withdrawal symptoms in long-term Benzo users will increase in intensity before starting to fade away completely in upcoming 3-4 weeks.

Days 15 & BEYOND

If you have been heavily addicted to Benzodiazepine then you might have to face protracted withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) i.e. having to deal with strong Benzo withdrawal symptoms even after months of quitting. PAWS can be avoided with the help of a doctor.

Aftercare & Lasting Recovery

Because we know lasting recovery from a Benzo addiction requires more than detox, patients at BeWell Recovery Centers also pass through special courses of emotional and physical support where you will be educated about substance abuse and learn important methods of avoiding relapses. After completion of Benzo addition treatment, we encourage patients to take part in the BeWell Recovery Centers aftercare support program. We are here every step of the way to help lead you towards your complete recovery and healthy lifestyle.

Let BeWell Recovery Centers help you or a loved one forget about depending on Benzodiazepines and the depression or anxiety it might be causing.

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