Benzo Addiction Treatment at Banyan Texas
Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are synthetic medications that are used to treat ailments like seizures, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and other conditions that result in overactive nerve activity in the brain. Common benzodiazepines include Ativan, Valium, and Xanax. They act as sedatives by depressing the central nervous system, making the individual feel calm and relaxed. Specifically, benzos increase the effects of a chemical called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which reduces activity in certain areas of the brain. While benzos can treat anxiety and insomnia, they also have a high potential for abuse. At our drug treatment facility in Texas, we offer benzo addiction treatment to help those who have become addicted to benzodiazepines achieve sobriety.
Signs of Benzo Abuse
Many people believe that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine, but this isn’t necessarily true. As the nation is working on gaining control over the opioid epidemic, certain dangers of prescription drugs have become evident. Many people believe that they can play around with the dose of their medications because these drugs were prescribed to them anyways; however, taking more than the prescribed dose qualifies as abuse. People also often share their prescription drugs with others, a behavior that qualifies as misuse. When medications are taken outside of their prescription, it can lead to abuse, dependence, and eventually addiction.
Because benzos work by depressing the central nervous system, taking a higher dose of them than prescribed or taking them without a prescription can cause a lot of problems. They can be life-threatening in high doses or when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. In the first instance of misuse, the individual may experience uncomfortable short-term side effects. Despite these symptoms, they may continue abusing benzos because of the high they experience. This high causes feelings of euphoria, pleasure, and relaxation. Over time, brain function will change and their body will become accustomed to the frequent intake of benzodiazepines. When this occurs, the person may exhibit some physical and behavioral changes.
Some behavioral signs of benzo abuse include:
- Frequently talking about medications or prescription drugs
- Inability to stop taking benzos
- Doctor shopping, or switching doctors to get more prescriptions
- Lying about losing their prescriptions to get more
- Frequent mood swings or obvious changes in character
- Asking other people for their prescription medications
- Isolation from loved ones
- Disinterest in activities they once enjoyed
- Decreased performance in school or work
- Financial troubles
- Engaging in risky behaviors, especially while under the influence of benzos
- Taking benzos with other substances
Common physical signs of benzo addiction include:
- Frequent fatigue or drowsiness
- Severe weakness
- Problems with vision
- Issues with memory
- Lack of coordination
- Extreme changes in weight
An individual with a benzo addiction who does not receive benzo treatment may continue to get worse. As their dependence worsens, they increase their risk of engaging in polysubstance abuse and experiencing an overdose. Mental illness is also a possible repercussion of abusing drugs that target the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines.
Benzo Addiction Treatment Center in Texas
Similar to most prescription drugs, benzos have a high potential for abuse. If you or a loved one shows any of the warning signs of benzo abuse, it’s time to get help. Before patients begin their treatment, we create an individualized plan for them by conducting a clinical assessment. We take note of the duration of the individual’s addiction, whether they use other substances, their health condition, whether they also have a mental illness, and more. Understanding more about the person’s addiction and health allows us to create a treatment plan that’s suited to their needs.
Once the assessment is completed, most patients will begin their benzos addiction treatment with a benzo detox. Our detox programs are all medically monitored. During detox, patients may receive medication if necessary and 24-hour care. The purpose of a medically monitored detox is to safely wean patients off of drugs and treat their withdrawal symptoms. A medically assisted detox program can also mitigate addiction cravings, allowing for a smooth transition to benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
Admitting addiction can be difficult, but it’s the first step to recovery. As one of the safest, most comfortable, and most efficient benzo addiction treatment centers in Texas, Banyan may be the perfect facility where you or a loved one can make sobriety a possibility. To learn more about our team at Banyan Treatment Centers Texas as well as the addiction services we offer, contact us now.
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At Banyan Treatment Centers, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.