Benzodiazepines, or benzos for short, are a type of medication known as tranquilizers that work on slowing down the central nervous system. They are prescribed by doctors to help with anxiety, insomnia, muscle relaxation, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. Common benzodiazepines include Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin.
While benzodiazepines have their medical purposes, these drugs are often widely misused and abused. The opioid crisis is a major problem in the United States, but over 30% of opioid overdoses also involved a benzodiazepine.1 Some people will start by abusing these medications for their sedative and calming effects, but frequent misuse can escalate into chemical dependency and addiction. Over time, benzodiazepines may lead to some long-term risks for a person’s health as well, so it is important to get benzodiazepine addiction treatment at the first sign of a problem.
Signs Someone Needs Benzo Addiction Treatment
Because benzos are taken for valid medical reasons, it may be hard to tell when someone is taking them as directed by a doctor or is abusing them and in need of benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
Some warning signs of benzo abuse and addiction may include:
- Secretive behaviors or frequent lying
- Mood swings
- Poor judgment
- Lack of motor control
- Several empty pill bottles
- Doctor shopping
- Taking medications for no apparent medical reason
- “Pill popping” at random times
- Frequent visits to doctors’ offices
- Constant lethargy
- Taking more than directed
- Prioritizing benzodiazepines over more important things
When someone you care about starts showing these symptoms of addiction, they need benzodiazepine abuse treatment. Get them into a drug rehab center before their problems get worse or they overdose.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Recovery in South Florida
At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we are here to help people overcome their addictions to such medications so that they can regain control of their lives. Patients who come to our facility will start with a complete medical assessment to outline their physical, mental, and even spiritual needs for recovery.
After a treatment plan is created, their recovery journey will begin. The first step to benzodiazepine treatment is usually a medical drug detox. Under the supervision of trained medical staff, patients will slowly wean their body off of these drugs to help them overcome their physical dependence to these medications. Detox is often accompanied by uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, but our staff is there to make the process as comfortable as possible and address any unforeseen complications.
After detox is complete, the next step of benzo addiction treatment will be addressing each patient’s mental and spiritual needs while also continuing their physical healing for a comprehensive approach to their recovery. In both individual and small group settings, our staff will lead various mental health therapies and group programs to help our patients in all of these areas as well as to prepare them to rejoin their friends and family outside of our facility. Patients will also start to develop a healthy routine with practices that can be applied to their everyday life once treatment is over. Patients should be able to leave our Palm Beach benzo addiction treatment center happier, healthier, and confident in their ability to stay sober.