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Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are prescription drugs like Ativan, Xanax, and Valium that are used to treat quite a few medical conditions including anxiety, seizures, and even insomnia. When it comes to alcohol detox benzodiazepines can be especially useful for deterring withdrawal symptoms. However, benzos also have an especially high rate of abuse and can be highly addictive.

These drugs affect the nervous system, lower blood pressure, and even reduce the heart rate. Ongoing benzo abuse can make withdrawal symptoms quite severe. Therefore, seeking medically supervised benzodiazepine detox is important. Find out more about detoxing from benzodiazepines and how to pay for treatment below.

Benzodiazepine Detox Timeline

Each benzodiazepine has a unique half-life, which influences the onset of withdrawal, and, in turn, the benzodiazepine detox protocol. Shorter-acting benzos like Xanax may prompt symptoms within 10 to 12 hours, whereas longer-acting drugs like Valium may involve several days before withdrawal symptoms peak.

In most cases, benzos with a shorter half-life will lead to peak withdrawal symptoms much faster. The primary focus during detox will be to help you through the peak withdrawal symptoms comfortably, which will usually last for several days. However, the duration of detox supervision can vary depending on which specific benzos you have used, the duration of use, and more.

Medications Used in Benzodiazepine Detox

Various medications may be used during benzo detox, such as anticonvulsants, GABA receptor agonists, and possibly even low-dose benzodiazepines in the case of a weaning detox protocol. Medications to help with withdrawal symptoms may also be used, such as medications to help with nausea or insomnia.

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Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

While benzodiazepines detox may not involve symptoms as severe as what can be experienced with some substances, the process is best overseen by a medical professional just the same. When you stop taking benzos, uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms can emerge as the substance leaves the body. These symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety or panic
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms or tension
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Short-term memory impairment
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood swings and agitation
  • Drug cravings
  • Twitching
  • Decreased appetite

In the Event of an Emergency of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

If you suspect you are experiencing severe benzo withdrawal symptoms, never hesitate to call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention. In some cases, severe symptoms can emerge that warrant emergency services, such as muscle spasms, seizures, or suicidal thoughts.

Insurance Coverage for Benzodiazepine Detox

Detoxing from benzodiazepines in a treatment facility is considered medically necessary by most insurance companies. Therefore, most insured plans include behavioral health coverage for both detox and various types of treatment for benzo addiction.

Residential Treatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction

Residential treatment for benzo addiction can be highly effective. While you may need a referral for insurance to cover the costs of these treatment programs, most insurers do provide some level of coverage.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for Benzodiazepine Addiction

IOP programs provide outpatient treatment in a structured fashion to help you overcome benzo addiction. These programs often involve multiple types of care, including individual therapy or even medication management, and they are typically covered by insurance.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) for Benzodiazepine Addiction (Day Treatment)

PHP programs require a commitment to attend treatment centers for several hours per day on most days of the week. These programs work well for individuals who need the flexibility to return home. Most insurance plans cover PHP treatment to some degree.

Will Insurance Cover Benzodiazepine Detox?

PPO Insurance Coverage for Benzodiazepine Detox

Finding rehabs that accept PPO insurance is not difficult. These insurance policies provide substantial flexibility when it comes to choosing a provider. Therefore, most treatment centers, including SBT treatment centers, are covered.

HMO Insurance Coverage for Benzodiazepine Detox

While there are not as many rehabs that accept HMO insurance, many choices are still available. In most cases, you may need to obtain a referral from your doctor for treatment to be covered by an HMO plan. However SBT is in-network with a number of insurance companies so call us at (833) 999-1941 to see if your plan will cover treatment.

Our Benzodiazepine Detox Program

Our residential detox for benzodiazepines immerses you in a medical setting where you will be monitored throughout the detox process. Your symptoms will be managed through the use of medications administered by a treatment team whose primary priority will be to keep you comfortable.

Once Detox is Complete: Transition to Our Residential Benzodiazepine Rehab

Once the detox process is complete, our treatment team will work with you to find the most suitable treatment program to transition to. For most patients, residential treatment for benzodiazepine addiction is the most effective plan. You will be placed in a therapeutic residential environment with access to everything needed to recover successfully.

Our IOP for Benzodiazepine Use Disorder

Our IOP program for benzo use disorder is designed to create an intensive support network for achieving sobriety without having to enter an inpatient program. These programs utilize evidence-based treatment approaches to make sure you get the care you need.

Getting Admitted to Our Benzodiazepine Detox Program

We aim to make your admission into a residential detox for benzodiazepines as simple as possible. When you decide to seek treatment, simply give us a call at (833) 999-1941, so we can verify your insurance and help you find an inpatient detox facility in your area.

Our Treatment Team

The SBT treatment team is made up of a diverse collection of mental health and medical professionals. Therefore, during treatment, you will be surrounded by a compassionate group of individuals who possess the skills to help you achieve sobriety safely.

Why Solution Based Treatment for Benzodiazepine Detox?

Solution Based Treatment uses evidence-based benzodiazepine detox protocol to make sure you have the best chance of a comfortable experience. Additionally, we have many addiction treatment programs available, which means we can help you transition to the next step to continue your treatment journey.

FAQ’s About Benzodiazepine Detox

How do you detox from benzodiazepines on your own?

Detoxing from benzodiazepines on your own is not recommended because there is such a high chance of relapse. However, if you do decide to stop taking benzos, the best plan is to carefully wean yourself off the drugs by lowering your dose over time with the help of a health care provider.

How long does benzo detox take?

The duration of benzo detox can vary depending on the patient. Some patients complete detox within a week, while others may need care and medical supervision in one of our detox treatment facilities for longer.

How can I verify coverage for benzodiazepine detox?

If you are not sure if your insurance will cover the cost of treatment, reach out to Solution Based Treatment. We can verify your insurance within an hour at no cost to determine which treatment plans are covered. You can also contact your insurer directly to discuss the specifics of your plan.

Solution Based Treatment is one of the leading benzodiazepine detox and substance abuse treatment providers in the state. In addition to residential detox for benzos, we also offer IOP, PHP, and other programs in several areas, including Temecula, CA, Murrieta, CA, Menifee, CA, Wildomar, CA, French Valley, CA, Lake Elsinore, CA, Canyon Lake, CA, Corona, CA, Vista, CA, Escondido, CA, San Marcos, CA, and Fallbrook, CA.


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