Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepine Addiction

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About 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. It is usually administered orally, however, it can also be administered intravenously, intramuscularly or rectally.

Despite the medical uses, benzos are often abused. There are approximately 15 benzodiazepines distributed in the US and another 20 sold elsewhere. The individuals develop tolerance and addiction rather rapidly, and a large number of people are taken to US emergency rooms each year for a problem with benzo abuse. It has a variety of adverse effects on one’s body and results in conditions such as:

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

Symptoms of Benzo Addiction

Benzodiazepines can act on differently depending on the dosage of their use. In small dosage benzos serve as sedatives, in moderate doses, they counter anxiety, and 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 benzo vary from person to person and according to the dosage, it is of utmost importance to identify if someone is addicted to benzos. Here are a few symptoms which can be useful to identify benzo addiction:

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

Withdrawal Symptoms of Benzo

Benzodiazepine works as a suppressant and slows down the brain’s activity. Once someone gets addicted, sudden abstinence often causes rebound effects including seizures and other harmful effects. Like every drug, the symptoms of benzo withdrawal vary from person to person, but it is a very painful process and requires proper medical guidance. However, there are some basic withdrawal symptoms which can be used to identify if someone is undergoing benzo withdrawal:

  • 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
  • Confusional states
  • Fits
  • Pain/headache
  • Seizures
  • Depression

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How Akua can be Helpful

Recovery from benzo 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 treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat meth addiction. Our 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 benzodiazepine addiction treatment centers in California. We provide all the three levels of care:

Benzo Detoxification
Integrated Detox Program

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
Residential Program

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
Intensive Outpatient Program

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