Addiction to benzodiazepines, often called “benzos,” remains extremely common in the United States. Detox is an essential step in kicking the habit. Certain benzos, especially alprazolam (Xanax), come with an increased risk of seizures or other serious health consequences if a person attempts to reduce their regimen of use rapidly. Never go “cold turkey” off benzos. A slow taper is always recommended for benzo detox. Medically supervised detox in a safe and secure location is always recommended in an emergency. This way, medical personnel are on hand to deal with physical or mental health issues that may arise during the detox process.
Solution Based Treatment & Detox offers benzo addiction treatment. Reach out to us today at 833.999.1941 to speak with a trained representative who can tell you more about our detox, programs, and services, to recover from benzo addiction safely.
What to Expect in Detox for Benzo Addiction
The length of detox will depend, in part, on a client’s personal history with benzos and the severity of their addiction. Because benzo detox requires a slow taper method, the detox process typically takes at least one to two weeks.
Benzo addiction treatment programs can use several medications to help alleviate the unpleasant withdrawal experience during detox. These may include:
- Beta blockers
If a client has polysubstance abuse issues, they can further complicate detox duration and the withdrawal process. Polysubstance abuse is when a person has a substance use disorder involving more than one addictive substance, typically without a strong preference for one addictive substance over others.
Detox and Withdrawal from Benzos
When someone is addicted to benzos, detox and withdrawal are known to be difficult and unpleasant. This knowledge is why many continue the cycle of abuse.
It’s important to remember that it is never safe to go “cold turkey” off benzos. A slow taper is the only safe method, preferably under medical supervision.
There are many common side effects and unpleasant sensations that people experience during detox and withdrawal from benzos. Many of these are similar to detox and withdrawal from other addictive substances. However, some are unique to benzos. Common symptoms may include:
- Intense cravings
- Increased anxiety
- Feelings of acute depression
- Shakiness or tremors
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive sweating
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle discomfort or aching
- Difficulty sleeping
More extreme reactions, including the potential for seizures, hallucinations, angry outbursts, temporary psychosis, and increased suicidal ideation, are why it is heavily encouraged that people undergoing benzo detox and withdrawal do so in the safety and security of a medically supervised setting.
Benzo Addiction and Mental Health
Individuals with substance abuse issues often have mental health problems and require a dual diagnosis. In many cases, people are not correctly diagnosed. In treatment, the medical professionals at SBT can diagnose clients with a dual diagnosis of co-occurring mental health disorders. A correct diagnosis helps in the development of an appropriate treatment plan.
Common co-occurring disorders include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Mood disorders
- Panic disorders
- Personality disorders
Rehab facilities should tailor an appropriate treatment plan to a client’s particular needs based on their life circumstances. At Solution Based Treatment & Detox, our medical doctors work alongside our mental health practitioners to develop effective treatment plans that are individualized to meet a client’s needs.
Signs of Benzo Addiction
Common signs of benzo addiction include:
- Mood changes
- Sleep changes
- Social isolation
- Lack of interest in activities
- Not fulfilling obligations
- Employment issues
- Financial problems
It’s essential to be aware of the red flags for benzo addiction to know when an intervention is required.
Choose SBT for Benzo Addiction Treatment
The medical professionals at Solution Based Treatment & Detox look forward to helping you or your loved one find lasting recovery. We offer clients a wide range of services in our benzo addiction treatment program. Benefits include access to a structured atmosphere for daily treatment activities and quality food. Those in treatment at SBT engage in regular individual counseling sessions, group sessions, and workshops where clients practice coping techniques essential for managing real-world stressors in sober life.
Reach out to us today at 833.999.1941 to speak with a trained representative who can tell you more about the benefits of our programs and services.