Benzodiazepines are a class of medications that have sedative, hypnotic, anti-anxiety and muscle relaxing properties. Many people are prescribed benzodiazepines for sleep disorders and/or anxiety and quickly find themselves depended because this class of drugs is highly addictive. Moreover, withdrawals can be severs and life threatening. Common benzodiazepines of abuse, by brand name, are:
Benzodiazepines are often prescribed by physicians who intend their clients to use them for short periods of time or only when necessary, as in the onset of a panic attack. However, many people become addicted to benzodiazepines quickly because of their powerful effects and because, over time and with increased use, greater amounts of the substance must be used to experience the same effects as when initially prescribed the medication. This represents the danger of benzodiazepine addiction and it is unfortunately growing.
Whether you or someone you love takes benzodiazepines by prescription or recreationally, the symptoms of withdrawal from them is similar. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, headache, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, shakes, seizures, hallucinations and symptoms that may appear as though they are severe psychiatric reactions such as psychosis. In severe cases, benzodiazepine withdrawal can be life threatening.
Our benzodiazepine detox program maintains three primary goals. First, we aim to provide safe, effective stabilization of symptoms experienced as a result of the withdrawal process. This is the physical side of benzo detox and entails the use of medications prescribed by a licensed medical doctor in order to minimize the risks of severe symptoms during stabilization. Secondly, we aim to begin to deal with the underlying mental causes of addiction, which is commonly called dual-diagnosis treatment. Our benzodiazepine detox process includes both group and individual therapy to help you identify the triggers and causes of your addiction and begin to work to resolve them, a process which continues with greater intensity in residential treatment or intensive outpatient care. That leads into our third and final goal: coordination of your ongoing treatment plan and further levels of care. Detox is not a substitute for a comprehensive benzodiazepine addiction treatment program that can last up to 90 days at the residential level. Our treatment team will work with you to create an individualized discharge plan which includes further levels of care to provide you with all the tools you need to begin your journey through recovery into a life free from drugs and alcohol.
Transitioning from abuse of benzodiazepines to living drug free is difficult because the withdrawal symptoms are so severe. If you or someone you know needs help with addiction to benzodiazepines, please call Inland Detox at (888) 739-8296.
Client assessment is a multi-stage process that begins when you first call and continues during the onsite intake process. When you call Inland Detox you’ll speak to an Admissions Advisor that will help you understand the admissions process. They’ll ask you about your needs and help you determine if Inland Detox is a right fit for you. Upon admission, you’ll be assessed by staff that will identify your immediate needs and they will work with clinical staff to design a custom treatment plan.
Client stabilization is the second goal of effective detox treatment. At this stage of care, our Clinical Director addresses the client’s immediate needs while taking in to account the unique history of each client. Inland Detox staff will coordinate efforts with your primary physician or a local physician if you need to continue a course of prescribed medication or begin a new course of medication in the process of detox.
Our clinical staff members design a custom treatment plan for each client of Inland Detox. Our treatment plans take in to consideration the substance abuse history of each client, their immediate medical, psychological, nutritional and social needs as well. Our understanding of the detox process is that it is the first step towards recovery. As such, our clinical and supportive staff members work in concert to suggest effective care upon discharge. This may include finding appropriate long-term residential care provider or making a transition to outpatient care.
When it’s time for our clients to transition from our detox program to their next level of care, we insure a smooth transition. Our clinical and administrative staff members will coordinate travel from our facility to our client’s next destination. Our goal is to insure that from the time our client’s reach us until the time they transition to their next stage in life, we are with them the entire way.