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Benzodiazepine addiction is becoming increasingly common in the U.S., with most people calling these drugs by their brand names. Benzodiazepines are available as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Rohypnol and Ativan, as well as other trademark names. Though these medications are effective in treatment of psychiatric conditions, they are widely abused through purchase on the street or from illegal prescriptions.
Addiction to benzodiazepines causes a wide variety of difficult physical and behavioral symptoms. Some of those symptoms include:
To overcome addiction to benzodiazepines, patients must go through withdrawal to return their body to balanced wellness, known as “homeostasis.” This detoxification process can be distressful, uncomfortable and even painful.
People who try to detox without assistance usually relapse on benzos, often rushing to obtain a fix equal to their regular dose. But because their tolerance has dropped during detox, these regular doses are often fatal. Stroke is a common result of benzo overdose after self-detox attempts.
Others who attempt withdrawal outside of a supervised detox facility enter a state of “kindling.” Kindling in benzodiazepine addiction is a phenomenon resulting from repeated attempts at going “cold turkey.” These attempts lead to worse symptoms of withdrawal and may cause severe seizures.
To successfully go through withdrawal and prevent relapse, patients should undergo medically supervised detox. With medically supervised detox, medications can be provided to make symptoms of withdrawal much easier to bear. In detox, counseling begins toward an extended program of rehab and, after withdrawal is complete, getting patients ready and energized for rehab.
Some common symptoms of withdrawal from benzos include:
Epileptic seizures often occur in patients with severe addiction to benzos. Severe addiction is use that has been combined with other substances, endured for a long time, or entailed extreme doses of the drug. Seizures can also happen by going cold turkey. Through proper medical supervision in a quality supervised detox program, seizures can be minimized or even prevented.
Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida treats patients who are addicted to benzodiazepines through Joint Commission-accredited rehab programs. Patients begin treatment at Beaches after undergoing medically supervised detox in a partner facility, preparing them for dual diagnosis treatment through one of the following programs:
At Beaches Recovery, your family becomes part of your treatment. We also expose patients to healthier living through better diet, exercise, rest and stimulating recovery.
If you or someone you love are ready to gain recovery from addiction to benzodiazepines, call Beaches Recovery now at 866-605-0532.