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Benzodiazepines depress the central nervous system, and are typically prescribed for people with insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, and symptoms related to withdrawals from alcohol. They work by slowing down the brain function. Because of the calming euphoric effect they create they are often abused. Repeated use of Benzodiazepines (commonly referred to as Benzos) can result in a dangerous physical addiction requiring some form of professional addiction treatment to overcome. People who try to go through a Benzo detox on their own can suffer from severe withdrawal symptoms including shaking, anxiety, abdominal cramps and vomiting, and even life threatening seizures. Seeking professional help for a Benzo detox will help alleviate these potentially dangerous symptoms and ensure that you or your loved gets safely on the road to recovery from dependence on Benzodiazepines.
Oftentimes an addiction to Benzodiazepines occurs accidentally from a prescription received from a doctor. If this is your case there is no need to feel ashamed to require a benzo detox to overcome your addiction. Millions of other Americans have sought treatment for Benzo addiction, and according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse benzos are one of the most commonly abused prescription medications. Once addicted the most important step you can take is to seek professional help with a medically assisted Benzo detox to get you headed safely in the right direction.
Common Prescription Benzos
Many different prescription drugs fall into the category of Benzodiazepines, and they have varying degrees of potential for abuse, and therefore addiction. Here is a list of some of the prescription Benzodiazepines that we provide medically assisted detox for along with some of the street names for commonly abused benzos:
- Ativan (lorazepam) street names include Control, Silence, Nerve Pills, Trances
- Dalmane (flurazepam)
- Diastat or Valium (diazepam) street names include Moggies, Vallies, Jellies, Blues, Yellows
- Doral (quazepam)
- Halcion (triazolam) street names include Up Johns
- Klonopin (clonazepam) street names include Clons, K-pins, Pins, Super Valium
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide) street names include Blue Bombs, Tranks, Blues, Ruffies
- Paxipam (halazepam)
- ProSom (estazolam)
- Restoril (temazepam) street names include Tems, Temazzies, Norries, Rugby Balls
- Serax (oxazepam)
- Tranxene-SD (clorazepate)
- Xanax (alprazolam) street names include Xannies (Zannies), Bars, Z-Bars, Totem Poles
There are other benzos not on this list that we can help you detox from, but the first step is to call for help.
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Dangerous Effects of Abusing Benzos
Like many other prescription drugs benzodiazepines change your brain’s chemistry with the intended result being a calmer, less anxious state. Normally this calmer, feel good state is caused by a compound in your brain called Dopamine. By replacing the naturally occurring Dopamine in your brain with benzos an artificially created euphoric state will occur. This feel good state often occurs after eating, sex, or a good workout. So when there is an artificial substitute (drug) like a benzo readily available that will immediately create the same good feelings with little effort many people end up abusing it. After awhile, this continued abuse will lead to dependence and then addiction. People who have become addicted to benzos can find it impossible to function in life without them.
Withdrawal Symptoms During Benzo Detox
When someone who is physically dependent on Benzos stops taking them, their body will begin rebelling against the physical cravings with several uncomfortable and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms you can experience during Benzo detox include the following:
- Inability to Focus
- Panic Attacks
- Sleep Disturbance
- Trembling or Shaking
- Increased Tension
- Heart Palpitations
- Vomiting and Abdominal Cramps
- Shaking and Tremors
- Cold Sweats
- Body aches
What Happens During A Benzo Detox
Because everyone’s physical makeup is different each person’s Benzo detox will look slightly different. Their level of usage and degree of physical dependence will also affect the length and severity of their Benzo detox. The initial symptoms will be much like having the flu or catching a bad cold. There will be body aches, cold sweats, and possibly tremors. These can be followed by more severe symptoms, even life threatening, including panic attacks and seizures.
A Benzo detox is the process of removing unwanted chemicals from the body, and medically assisted detox is a methodical process of managing the symptoms that will occur. With the aid of Pathways Recoverys’ medical and clinical staff, a client’s symptoms will be reduced so that their Benzo detox is as safe and as comfortable as possible. The following guidelines were developed by the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions for medically assisted Benzo detox:
- Detox in an inpatient setting is preferable for patients on high doses of benzodiazepines over a long period of time and with a history of overdose, seizures, comorbid medical or psychiatric disorders.
- People who cease high-dose benzodiazepines run the risk of seizures.
- Detox in inpatient settings may be necessary for patients who have had unsuccessful attempts to taper in outpatient settings.
- Depending on level of usage, it may be more appropriate for clinical settings to choose not to induct a person in MAT until benzodiazepine use has ceased and not manage a patient’s taper from benzodiazepines during MAT induction. This person may be more appropriate for inpatient detoxification.
- Only when there are no inpatient detox facilities available a clinician may need to taper benzodiazepines in an outpatient setting.
Because of the risks and complexities of a Benzo detox, it is highly recommended that people seek professional help. With the use of these guidelines and the experience of the medical, clinical, and therapeutic staffs at Pathways Recovery, we can ensure you or your loved one’s Benzo detox is as safe and as comfortable as possible.
Our Holistic Addiction Treatment Approach During Benzo Detox
When someone lacks the healthy skills to deal with the stress of life or with past trauma, the calming effects of benzos can be an attractive solution. Because of the increased tolerance that will happen over time, the user will need to use more of the drug to achieve the same calming effect. This continued abuse will ultimately lead to a physical dependence and benzo addiction. When this occurs a medically assisted benzo detox will be the only way you can safely and comfortably overcome the addiction.
By combining a medical assisted benzo detox with a holistic addiction treatment approach Pathways Recovery can help you or your loved one develop healthy and effective ways to cope with stress or past traumas. During your benzo detox, you will also be provided one-on-one counseling, group therapy, recovery planning, and trauma therapy. We will also provide you with nutritious meals to help your body heal and wellness activities like yoga to help you calm your mind. Our holistic addiction treatment approach will help you develop healthy solutions to life instead of reliance on an unhealthy dependence on benzos.