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Benzodiazepine Addiction: Signs and Proper Treatment

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a benzodiazepine addiction, it’s vital to take action quickly. The harmful effects of benzodiazepine addiction will only worsen and become more dangerous over time.

Because withdrawal from benzodiazepines can be particularly dangerous, it’s also critical that you don’t try to solve the problem on your own. Safe detoxification requires professional benzodiazepine treatment, including inpatient benzodiazepine rehab.

Use the information on this page to help you determine whether a benzodiazepine addiction may be present. Then take the first steps toward recovery with proper benzodiazepine treatment from a licensed benzodiazepine rehab facility.

Benzodiazepine Addiction Can Happen To Anyone

Benzodiazepines (sometimes called “benzos”) are a class of legal but highly addictive sedatives. A person may initially start using benzodiazepines when they’re prescribed by a physician for legitimate reasons, such as anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, epilepsy and even alcohol withdrawal. However, over time, an unintentional dependence on the medication can form. You or your loved one may have done nothing “wrong” and could still be facing benzodiazepine addiction.

What Types of Drugs Are Benzodiazepines?

  • Ativan
  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Alprazolam
  • Halcion
  • Librium
  • Niravam
  • Restoril
  • Tranxene

These are some of the most common brand names of drugs that classify has benzodiazepine. Keep in mind, though, that you or your loved one may be using a generic version.

Street Names for Benzodiazepines

  • Benzos
  • BZDs
  • Candy
  • Dead Flower Powers
  • Goofballs
  • Heavenly Blues
  • Moggies
  • Qual
  • School Bus
  • Sleepers
  • Stupefy
  • Tranx
  • Valley Girl
  • Xannies
  • Z Bars

These are just a few of the common slang terms for benzodiazepines that you may hear in everyday speech, especially among benzodiazepine addicts.

Physical Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction or Abuse

  • Cravings and/or withdrawal when the drug is not in your system
  • A tolerance (needing more and more of the drug to experience the same effect)
  • Physical weakness or dizziness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion or impaired judgment
  • Blurry vision
  • Reduced physical coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble breathing

A benzodiazepine overdose may result in a coma or even death, especially if combined with alcohol.

Prolonged benzodiazepine abuse may result in the following symptoms:

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Memory problems
  • Tremors

Behavioral Signs of a Benzodiazepine Addiction

  • Taking the benzodiazepine medication at a higher dosage or for a longer time period than recommended by a doctor
  • Spending significant time getting the drug, using it and recovering from using it
  • Worsening performance at home, school or work
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and responsibilities in order to use the benzodiazepine drug
  • Going to extremes to pay for the drug (borrowing money, stealing, maxing out credit cards, etc.)
  • Taking unnecessary or uncharacteristic risks
  • Being unusually secretive or dishonest, as if to hide the use of the drug
  • Unusual mood swings or personality changes

Proper Benzodiazepine Treatment

Medically monitored detoxification (“detox”) is the first step of benzodiazepine treatment. It’s extremely important not to try to quit benzodiazepines alone or “cold turkey” because detoxification that is not medically monitored can have severe or even fatal complications. An accredited benzodiazepine rehab facility can help ensure safety and minimize the symptoms of withdrawal.

Effective benzodiazepine treatment will include not only professionally supervised detoxification but also a well-rounded and personalized long-term treatment plan, including inpatient and then outpatient benzodiazepine rehab.

Daylight Recovery Services offers a comprehensive benzodiazepine treatment program that can also treat co-occurring conditions, including alcoholism and mental illness. Our highly trained and compassionate staff can offer the physical, mental and emotional support you need help you or your loved one overcome benzodiazepine addiction for good.

What to Expect at Benzodiazepine Rehabilitation

Benzodiazepine rehab at Daylight Recovery Services begins with inpatient treatment, also known as residential drug treatment. This is where detoxification takes place.

After detoxification, days will consist of professional counseling and a variety of therapeutic treatments, activities, and services, such as:

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Trauma therapy
  • Custom tailored case management
  • Sound healing
  • Reiki
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Time to use our other amenities

Each client’s particular schedule will be determined by their individual needs. Our expert staff can design a personalized benzodiazepine treatment plan for you or your loved one.

Following inpatient benzodiazepine rehab, clients will begin intensive outpatient rehab that involves several hours of treatment per day for several days per week. This continuum of benzodiazepine treatment allows clients to meet their personal obligations and begin transitioning to life outside of rehab while staying on track for long-term recovery and helping to avoid relapses.

Don’t Wait — Get Professional Benzodiazepine Treatment Now

The experts at Daylight Recovery Services are kind, caring and properly trained to help you or your loved one beat benzodiazepine addiction as easily as possible. And they’re available 24/7. Don’t suffer any longer than necessary. Reach out today for help.

Call or contact us now for a free benzodiazepine rehab consultation.

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