Benzodiazepine Addiction & Detox Treatment

Since doctors widely prescribe benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia, individuals don't usually consider these dangerous drugs. However, benzodiazepines are highly addictive, but with the proper treatment, recovery is possible.

About Benzodiazepine

What are Benzodiazepines?

It’s been frequently reported that benzodiazepines are often combined with alcohol or opioids to increase the sedative effect. Both Benzodiazepine and alcohol are depressants; mixing the two is extremely dangerous because they decrease the central nervous system and decrease the organs’ functioning. Individuals that have been abusing benzodiazepines should consult with a medical professional before the detox.

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Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, muscle tensions, panic disorder, and seizure disorders. The most common drugs prescribed are Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin. Benzodiazepine addiction can develop even when the drugs are taken responsibly as per the recommendation of a doctor. Once a user starts looking for more robust effects by taking it in high doses or after a medical prescription has expired, physical dependence or erratic behaviors might emerge, indicating Benzodiazepine addiction.

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Signs and Symptoms

What are the Dependence and Withdrawal Symptoms for Benzodiazepine?

The intensity of withdrawal symptoms depends on various factors, such as your current dose and how long you have been taking the drug. Withdrawal symptoms of Benzodiazepine include withdrawal from physical and psychological dependence:

  • Hand Tremors
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Feelings of Unreality
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Racing Pulse
  • Aches & Pains
  • Headache
  • Abnormal Bodily Sensations
  • Hyperventilation
  • Visual Hallucinations

Timeline of Benzodiazepine Side Effects of Withdrawal

Benzodiazepines specifically act on the central nervous system and weaken the functioning of the nerves. The withdrawal timeline for Benzodiazepine varies for each user. It also depends on the drug abuse and if it is combined with alcohol withdrawal. Here’s how it works:

Days 1-4
During this time, increased anxiety and discomfort from insomnia are common. Some patients experience increased breathing and heart rate, nausea, and sweating.

Days 10-14
The withdrawal symptoms related to longer-acting benzodiazepines start to peak during this time. But they eventually fade within 3-4 weeks from the quit date.

Day 15 and above
During this time, patients with heavy dependency exhibit Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS). Tapering down the use of Benzodiazepine can prevent PAWS.

Does a 5-day detox work for Xanax Benzodiazepines?
Several factors affect the rate this drug leaves the body, such as metabolism speed and the amount is taken. Apart from that, withdrawal seizures can arise while undergoing detox treatment. For instance, the detox process can cause the neck and shoulder to hurt badly. Our inpatient programs at Avatar Residential Detox Center in New Jersey provide a comfortable environment and home-like amenities so that people can heal in a calm and tranquil setting.

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Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment in New Jersey

About one-third of the users who take benzos for six months or more will usually experience withdrawal effects, such as seizures when they try to quit. If you or someone you know is struggling with benzodiazepines addiction in New Jersey, Avatar Residential Detox is the best choice for your benzodiazepine addiction treatment program in NJ. We have expert medical professionals who will assist you throughout the detox process to prepare you for the next steps of your addiction treatment. Once stabilized, we offer recovery treatments for clients through our inpatient or outpatient programs. Cognitive therapies and counseling sessions are customized to overcome benzodiazepine addiction effectively.

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Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Options after Detox

Detox by itself is rarely effective enough to maintain long-term sobriety. We offer a variety of options after detox to help you overcome benzodiazepine addiction and sustain long-term recovery.

Residential treatment:
We offer a 40,000 square foot residential facility set on 10 acres of private land for the recovering individual to live after completing benzodiazepine detox treatment. Our serene surroundings are ideal for focusing on your complete recovery. Being around other individuals also in recovery reduces the feeling of isolation and provides peer support.

Counseling and Specialty Therapies:
Our counseling sessions and alternative therapies offer a holistic approach for individuals in recovery to speak with medical professionals about their ongoing addiction struggles. Our team also provides a holistic approach such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga, which offers alternative methods for coping. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies help the individual modify their emotional response to overcome the problems that led to the benzodiazepine abuse. Therapy coupled with inpatient residential treatment can help minimize the risks of relapse and continued benzodiazepine use in the future.

Aftercare Planning:
May include family therapy sessions to ensure the household setting is ideal for recovering individuals’ return. We make arrangements for substance abuse support groups or 12 step meetings to help the recovering individual maintain sobriety once they depart from the residential treatment facility.