BENZODIAZEPINE ADDICTION TREATMENT
Detox is the first step of benzodiazepine addiction treatment, comprising a controlled tapering of the substances and then a complete detox period. Benzodiazepines affect the GABA receptors in the brain, which means that they can cause severe withdrawal symptoms including seizures and Grand Mal seizures during withdrawal. Symptoms also include anxiety, sweating, cold and flu symptoms, hallucinations, depression, suicidal thought, panic attacks, insomnia, and nausea. In most cases, symptoms begin quickly, escalate over the course of a few days, and then gradually diminish. For slow-release benzodiazepines, the onset of withdrawal will take longer but withdrawal symptoms will last much longer.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be dangerous, so it is important to seek out medical care and help during the process.
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Treating Benzodiazepine Addiction
Benzodiazepine addiction treatment typically includes an initial assessment of the depth of the addiction, after which a custom treatment schedule should be prescribed. For example, many individuals require muscle relaxers to decrease the risk of muscle spasms and restless leg syndrome, which, in case of withdrawing from other drugs, would typically include a benzodiazepine.
Different approaches such as behavioral therapy, counseling, and stress or anxiety management are also important. This is especially true for benzodiazepine users who were prescribed the drug for anxiety, depression, or PTSD, who often experience a rebound period where the original symptoms of their mental disorder come back stronger than before. For this reason, treatment centers offering benzodiazepine addiction treatment must offer access to psychologists and therapists capable of handling the often very emotional process of withdrawing from benzos and rebuilding coping mechanisms to deal with stress and anxiety.
Benzodiazepines are still extremely commonly prescribed, despite rampant issues with addiction and abuse. If you or a loved one is struggling with benzodiazepine abuse, there is help. Addiction treatment will safely move dependent individuals through the withdrawal process, and into a safe, supportive environment where they can learn the skills and coping mechanisms to live drug free.
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