Benzodiazepine Addiction

Withdrawing from Benzos

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Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepine, commonly known as “benzos,” are a class of psychoactive drugs used to treat several medical conditions including alcohol dependence, seizures, anxiety disorders, panic, agitation, and insomnia. They are usually taken orally; however, they can also be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or rectally.

Despite their medical uses, benzos are often abused. There are approximately 15 types of benzodiazepines distributed in the US, and another 20 sold worldwide. Tolerance and addiction develop rapidly. Benzo abuse sends thousands of people to emergency rooms each year. Adverse effects of benzodiazepine abuse include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Hostile/violent behavior
  • Amnesia

Symptoms of Benzo Addiction

Benzodiazepines can have different effects depending on the dosage. In small doses, benzos serve as sedatives. In moderate doses, they counter anxiety. In high doses, they act as hypnotics.

Usually, people abusing benzodiazepines develop a very high tolerance and indulge in extremely high dosages. Though the symptoms of addiction vary common signs include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor coordination
  • Amnesia
  • Hostility
  • Irritability
  • Disturbing dreams
  • Reduced inhibition
  • Impaired judgment
  • Confusion
  • The appearance of dementia
  • Benzodiazepine overdose

Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms

Benzodiazepines work as a depressant and slow down the brain’s activity. Once someone gets addicted, sudden abstinence can cause seizures and other complications. Benzo withdrawal is a painful process that requires medical supervision. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Perceptual distortions
  • Paraesthesia, defined as abnormal skin sensations such as tingling, tickling, itching or burning
  • Difficult walking
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep disturbance/insomnia
  • Psychosis
  • Confusion
  • Pain
  • headache
  • Seizures
  • Depression

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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal at AKUA

Recovery from Benzodiazepine withdrawal is possible with benzo detox treatment under proper medical guidance. Despite the long list of withdrawal effects and the damage created by benzodiazepine abuse, it is possible to recover lasting sobriety after addiction to this drug. At AKUA, we provide holistic benzo addiction treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat meth addiction. Our benzo addiction recovery plans are highly individualistic in nature so that all the unique requirements of our clients are addressed, and they can overcome their addiction with relative ease. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients whenever they hit a rough patch. At AKUA, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. This makes AKUA one of the best benzo addiction treatment centers in California. We provide all the three levels of care:

Benzo Detoxification

Benzo detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:

    • 24 hour supervision
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • Psychiatric and nursing support
    • Group and individual counseling and therapy
    • Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers

This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:

    • The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
    • Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
    • Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
Outpatient Alcohol Treatment

This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:

  • The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
  • Mindfulness relapse prevention
  • Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
  • Group and individual assignments
  • Transportation and housing provided