Benzo Addiction Treatment at Banyan Delaware

Benzodiazepines (benzos) like Valium and Xanax are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States and also some of the most addictive. Benzos are widely used to treat anxiety, seizures, and panic attacks. However, even when prescribed, these drugs still pose the threat of addiction. Like other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, long-term benzo use can lead to significant physical and psychological dependence, requiring benzo addiction treatment. Many people in this position don’t know how to quit benzodiazepines, but we do. Our Delaware drug rehab offers benzodiazepine addiction treatment for people who want to regain their health and sobriety.

What Are Benzos and How Do They Work?

Benzodiazepines (“benzos” for short) are prescription central nervous system depressants that reduce nerve activity in the brain and spinal cord. Common benzos include alprazolam, lorazepam, clonazepam, diazepam, and temazepam. Benzodiazepines work by stimulating the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This chemical sends messages between brain cells that produce stimulating and calming side effects. Due to its mechanism of action, GABA is also known as an inhibitory neurotransmitter.

When taken in high doses, benzos can cause a euphoric and sedative high. A benzo high is the main reason why people continue to misuse these drugs, eventually leading to addiction.

Other common side effects of benzodiazepines include: 

  • Poor coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion and difficulty thinking
  • Depression
  • Shaking or tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Slowed or difficult breathing
  • Mood swings
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of motor coordination or movement
  • Impaired judgment

While the severity of benzo’s side effects depends on the dosage, specific drug, and duration of use, even short-term benzo use can lead to various health problems. Most people who begin misusing medications like benzos eventually require a benzo rehab center to recover. With the help of our inpatient drug treatment at Banyan Treatment Centers Delaware, patients addicted to benzodiazepines can find physical and emotional recovery.

Signs and Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Abuse

  How do you know if someone needs benzo addiction treatment? Below are some common signs of benzodiazepine abuse that you should look out for.

  • Weakness
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired judgment or thinking
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Doctor shopping
  • Asking friends, family, colleagues, and/or classmates for their benzodiazepine pills
  • Wanting to cut back on benzos but being unable to
  • Mood swings
  • Disinterest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Risk-taking behaviors, such as driving after drug use
  • Taking benzodiazepines with alcohol or other drugs

Long-term benzodiazepine use naturally produces tolerance, which is when a person requires more drugs to reach a familiar high. When drug use stops or the familiar dose is reduced, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Because this is normal in most benzo users, we also offer medically assisted benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment. Our medically monitored detox for benzos includes 24-hour staff care and medication-assisted treatment (as needed) to alleviate patients’ withdrawals and ensure they remain safe and healthy.

Our Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment in Delaware

  Following a medical detox, patients can then move onto our benzo addiction treatment program, during which they will participate in various drug therapy programs. Our addiction therapy programs like our Equine Therapy and SMART Recovery Program are designed to treat the underlying emotional effects and causes of addiction. Substance abuse is often a way to self-medicate or cope with negative thoughts, emotions, and trauma. By incorporating individual and group therapy modalities, our Delaware addiction treatment can address patients’ physical, mental, and emotional needs.

Recovery from addiction is possible. To learn more about our Milford treatment center and services for yourself or a loved one, contact us today, and we’ll connect you with one of our Banyan Delaware team members.

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