Benzodiazepine addiction treatment is a particularly challenging process because of the intense, addictive nature of these drugs, the most common of which include Valium, Xanax, Diazepam, Librium and Klonipin. They have muscle relaxant, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant and sleep-inducing properties that make them especially effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms and agitation. They’re generally viewed as safe for short-term usage, but if used for more than three or four weeks, tolerance is likely to set in, due to escalation of use. Individuals commonly increase dosages to assure prolonged effects and to avoid withdrawal symptoms. With larger and more frequent doses, the body continually adapts to the drug and requires more in order to experience the same results. Benzodiazepine withdrawal is characterized by insomnia, agitation and irritability, high anxiety and tension, tremors, profuse perspiration, panic attacks, severe nausea, and heart palpitations, calling for professional assistance when going through detoxification.
Treatment for Benzo Addiction Effective with Social Support
When seeking treatment for benzo addiction, individuals should consider that detoxification may be required. A thorough medical evaluation determines the need for detox and will provide the starting point for a treatment plan. Because the withdrawal symptoms for benzos can be extremely distressing, professional assistance from individuals with specific experience in benzo dependence is particularly helpful during detox and throughout treatment, as treatment may vary from drug to drug. In other words, benzo addiction treatment (which includes Xanax addiction treatment, as Xanax is a benzodiazepine) will likely be somewhat different from heroin addiction treatment, opiate addiction treatment, or cocaine addiction treatment.
In addition to whatever medical care is indicated in a person’s treatment plan, those abusing benzos often require individual and family therapy, as well as strong social support. Recovering in the midst of others facing the same challenge can be comforting and particularly supportive, so residential rehab may be a good option. Relapse is considered a significant risk with benzo abuse, so an after-care program that reinforces the recovery principles gained in treatment is advisable.
Our Approach to Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Is Comprehensive
The Anaheim Lighthouse approach to benzodiazepine addiction treatment is comprehensive, with a complete spectrum of services and therapies. We provide a detox program that helps take benzo abusers through the challenging symptoms of withdrawal – in some cases medication management is used to protect the brain and help ease the severe withdrawal symptoms that typically accompany benzo addiction. We also offer residential treatment, partial hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs, . Our professional and compassionate staff are available around the clock to assure that our clients are comfortable and completely safe.
The disease of addiction, including alcohol addiction treatment, is addressed at Anaheim Lighthouse. We have experience in all forms of drug addiction treatment. In addition to treating benzo addiction, we offer marijuana addiction treatment, meth addiction treatment, and treatment for other common drug addictions.
Because we believe in addressing more than just the symptoms of addiction, we put forward a holistic approach that deals with all aspects of healing, from emotional to physical to spiritual. Diet, exercise, and spiritual healing are important aspects of our integrated treatment plans, as well as family counseling, when appropriate.Get in touch with our Southern California drug and alcohol rehab directly. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, call us at (877) 959-5909.