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The need for treatment for benzos and sedative addiction has increased dramatically in America since the late 1950s. Originally developed as a sedative or tranquillizer, physical dependence was not discovered until the early 1980s. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can cause fatal complications and severe discomfort. Detoxification should be performed under strict supervision of a licensed medical professional.
Benzodiazepines were developed to treat insomnia and anxiety. There are more than a dozen benzodiazepines available by prescription, including diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), and chlordiazepoxide (Librium). All types of benzos can cause dependence.
Problems Associated with Benzodiazepine & Sedative Use
Benzo addiction is defined as a pattern of using that causes individuals to have problems controlling the amount they use, being mentally preoccupied with benzos (or sedatives), continuing to use benzos even when it causes problems, needing to use increased amounts to get the same effect, and/or having withdrawal symptoms when using stops.
How to Get Help
If you or someone you know is in need of treatment for benzodiazepine addiction, a compassionate counselor is waiting to answer all your questions. Life in recovery is so much better than life in addiction — we can show you how. We’re just a phone call away.
Miracles in Action Provides Treatment for Benzos & Sedative Addiction
At Miracles in Action, we offer monitored outpatient detox, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. Our guests will meet one-on-one with a counselor to make a treatment plan that fits their needs best. Our programs offer the latest evidence-based treatment practices solidly rooted in 12-step principles. Our treatment center is staffed by caring and compassionate licensed professionals who are in recovery themselves and have mastered the art of living sober.
We can be reached through our online contact form or via phone at (818) 287-0080. Contact us today!
Benzodiazepine & Sedative Addiction Withdrawal
Benzo withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person and can set in over a period of hours to days after an individual reduces use or stops using entirely.
Signs and symptoms can include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excessive sweating
- Heart palpitations
- Muscular stiffness or discomfort
- Body tremors
- Psychosis or psychotic reactions
- Increased risk of suicidal ideation
Risks Associated with Prolonged Benzodiazepine & Sedative Addiction
Benzodiazepine and sedative addiction can cause serious health problems, including:
- Reduced coordination and reflexes
- Drowsiness, sleepiness, or fatigue
- Impaired cognition and memory
- Slurred speech
- Respiratory depression
- Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps
- Memory Impairment
- Trouble thinking
- Poor judgement
- Muscle weakness and loss of coordination
How can I tell if I’m addicted to alcohol or drugs?
Because increased tolerance to alcohol and drugs can develop gradually, it can be hard to tell when you have become addicted to a substance. Often, people believe they can control their alcohol or drug use even after they have become dependent on a substance. In fact, it may be clear to others that someone is abusing or addicted to alcohol or drugs before the person realizes it him/herself.
While there is no single factor that definitively proves someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, there are certain signs that indicate alcohol and/or drug dependency. These include:
- Feeling a compulsive need to drink alcohol or use drugs
- Continuing to consume alcohol or take drugs despite negative consequences in your life
- Trying and failing to stop drinking or taking drugs
- Frequently drinking more or taking more drugs than you planned on
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, including intense cravings, when not drinking or using drugs
How long does drug addiction treatment take?
The amount of time you will need to attend drug addiction treatment will depend on numerous factors, including the severity of your substance use disorder, whether or not you have a co-occurring mental or behavioral health condition, the amount of support you receive at home, your risk of relapse, and much more. Generally speaking, recovery is a lifelong process. At Miracles in Action, we provide ongoing support and comprehensive aftercare services to our patients. No matter where you are in your recovery, you can count on our team to be there for you every step of the way.
What is outpatient treatment?
Outpatient treatment simply means that you do not live full-time at the rehab facility where you receive addiction treatment services. Instead, you visit the facility several times a week for several hours at a time to attend therapy, take part in support group meetings, and receive other treatments specifically tailored to you and your recovery. You then return home to sleep and manage outside responsibilities, such as going to school, working, or taking care of your child.
If I go to rehab, will I have to live at the rehab facility?
Whether or not you will need to live full-time at a rehab facility will depend on the specific details of your situation. For those struggling with very severe substance use disorders, inpatient (or residential) treatment may be recommended. Others, however, may benefit from an outpatient (or non-residential) rehab program.
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