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Benzodiazepines are usually used to treat anxiety. People who use benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, can become used to the drug over time. This tolerance means they have to take more to feel the same effects. Many people who build up tolerance become addicted to benzos. Benzo withdrawal is a nightmarish collection of symptoms caused by stopping use of these drugs.
Patients can go through benzo withdrawal whether they were using the drug with a doctor’s prescription or after buying it on the street. Benzo withdrawal can be so uncomfortable that many doctors no longer prescribe these drugs.
Benzo withdrawal causes physical and emotional discomfort. The process can even be deadly when use is stopped “cold turkey.” People who have used high doses or taken these drugs for a long time have the worst symptoms of withdrawal.
Benzo withdrawal can include these symptoms:
Because benzodiazepines are usually prescribed to treat anxiety, patients who stop taking them may feel terrible anxiety or have sleep problems. This is commonly called the “rebound effect.” This effect lasts about two or three days during benzo withdrawal.
Withdrawal from benzos usually starts within hours of taking the last dose. For some people, symptoms may not begin for a day or two. Getting through withdrawal can take as little as a week. But patients who are heavily addicted may need to wean off the pills and can experience symptoms for as long as three months.
Quitting benzos can be made easier in a quality detox program. When you make plans to enter a rehab for addiction treatment, you will first go through a partner detox program. A quality detox will use several means to help you stay comfortable during withdrawal.
A quality detox will provide comfortable bedding, good nutrition, exercise, plenty of rest and activities designed to help you feel better. Your detox may involve use of medications to provide relief of withdrawal symptoms like pain, anxiety and sleep problems. Your family will be kept aware of your progress and you will feel safe and comfortable, thanks to the caring staff.
Detox massage is one method that may be used to help you feel better. This form of massage helps your body cleanse itself of toxins from drug use and unhealthy living.
Detox alone is not enough treatment for drug use. Your body will be clean of the drugs but you will still have the problems that led you to benzo overuse in the first place. Therapy and other types of treatment will help you fix those issues. Through these experiences you can have strength in recovery and avoid relapse.
Beaches Recovery of Jacksonville, Florida helps you enter a partner detox program to get past physical dependence on benzos. You then begin therapy at Beaches Recovery and learn why you started abusing the drug. Learning more about addiction and gaining coping skills can keep relapse from happening.
Beaches Recovery offers a variety of programs accredited by the Joint Commission. These include:
You are provided with the highest quality of therapies in these programs. Individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy and many other therapies help you understand yourself, substance abuse and how to live drug free for the rest of your life.
If you or someone you love are ready to stop abusing benzos, call Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532. You can take your life back and start again toward a better future. Make the call.