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Benzo Addiction TreatmentIf you have developed a physical dependence on benzodiazepines, it may be impossible, and even dangerous, to attempt recovery on your own. Fortunately, at Gulf Breeze Recovery, we offer a comprehensive approach to substance abuse treatment, allowing you to address all physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs simultaneously and greatly increasing the likelihood of success. Call our team today at 833.551.2304 to learn more about how we can help you conquer your substance abuse problem and set you on the road towards recovery.

What Is a Benzodiazepine?

Benzodiazepines, otherwise known as benzos, are a category of psychoactive drugs that slow down brain activity, induce a euphoric state, and reduce anxiety, agitation, insomnia, and some physical conditions such as seizures. Common varieties include Ambien, Ativan, Halcion, Lunesta, Klonopin, Phenibut, Xanax, and Valium.

Although they are generally deemed safe when used over short periods (two to four weeks) and when prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner, benzos work by altering your natural brain chemistry so that some individuals may experience paradoxical effects, such as increased aggression or panic. They are also powerful sedatives, which the U.S. Government classifies as Schedule IV drugs due to their high habit-forming potential.

Unfortunately, their use can result in increased tolerance and dependency if taken on a recreational basis, over prolonged periods, in higher than prescribed doses, too frequently, or if obtained illegally. Over a third of benzo users will develop additional physical symptoms after six months of regular dosing, leading to the need for additional drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. In addition, if combined with opioids, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants, benzos can ultimately result in overdose or death.

Treating Your Benzodiazepine Addiction

When clients begin benzo addiction treatment, they must first undergo a medically supervised detox, most effectively undergone through a dedicated residential program. This also allows staff members to screen the client for any co-occurring disorders requiring immediate and/or long-term treatment.

During this time, the brain and nervous system must re-learn to perform basic functions without the aid of benzos, which can result in:

  • Overwhelming cravings
  • Sleep problems
  • Muscle spasms
  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Hypersensitivity to stimuli
  • Digestive distress
  • In some cases, seizures or cardiac problems

Many facilities will offer 24/7 medical supervision and a variety of spa-type treatments such as massage to help clients remain more comfortable. In some circumstances, clients may be prescribed certain medications to aid in their detox, though they will be closely monitored for any complications.

Once deemed physically stable, clients then proceed to the real purpose of recovery: to uncover the primary reasons for why they acquired a substance abuse problem in the first place. This can be achieved through an individualized protocol, which may include:

  • Solo or group cognitive therapy, helping clients identify the underlying reasons for their substance abuse (and triggers that must be avoided to maintain abstinence)
  • Social activities designed to re-establish a feeling of communal trust and mutual accountability in recovery
  • Neurofeedback therapy
  • Exploration of less dangerous pain or stress management techniques
  • General health and wellness education
  • The development of aftercare strategies, which include plans for ongoing counseling and other forms of support

Find the Benzo Addiction Treatment Necessary at Gulf Breeze Recovery

No matter how you or a loved one developed an addiction to benzos, treatment is always available. At Gulf Breeze Recovery, we create a comprehensive treatment plan specific to your needs, greatly reducing the chance of relapse. No matter how long you have been using benzos, it is never too late to obtain help. Call our team today at 833.551.2304 to take the first step towards lasting sobriety and to help you regain command over your life.