Benzodiazepines (aka benzos) are tranquilizers that are commonly prescribed by physicians. More than 30 million adults use benzos correctly—in other words, as prescribed. However, upwards of five million people misuse benzos, accounting for 17% of their use. When benzos are used not as prescribed, addiction is a significant risk. Substance abuse treatment programs in a benzo addiction treatment center can help break the cycle and usher people with a benzodiazepine use disorder onto the road to recovery.
If you are concerned about your misuse of benzodiazepines and want to talk to someone about rehab options, reach out to TruHealing Riverbend today. Our benzo addiction treatment program in Jeffersonville, Indiana, offers evidence-based therapies for addictions to prescription sedatives. Our compassionate, experienced staff is standing by to answer your questions. Just call 855.652.0546 or use our online form to be connected to someone today.
Typically prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, benzos are also used as muscle relaxants and in medically supervised alcohol detox. People who misuse benzos seek the relaxing effects on the body and mind and a sense of euphoric well-being.
Many people who initially acquire the drug legitimately, from a doctor’s prescription, end up abusing them. If they become addicted, they often shop around to different physicians seeking multiple prescriptions. They might forge prescriptions or steal the drugs from friends or family, as well. The two benzos most commonly accessible on the streets are clonazepam and alprazolam.
Like all psychoactive drugs, benzos interact within the brain. This class of drugs connects with the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system, which operates by muting the action of other neurotransmitters. The result is the diminishment of the body’s reaction to stimuli. Essentially, minimizing the fight or flight response is one of the ways benzos reduce anxiety and panic by slowing heart rate, calming the emotional response, and relaxing muscles.
You or a loved one needs benzodiazepine addiction treatment if you recognize the following signs of benzo use disorder:
- Tolerance, which occurs quickly, making higher doses necessary to have the same effects as the first
- The drug has claimed control of the individual
- If the drug is unavailable, anxiety or panic become constant and unmanageable
- To function, the individual must continue the use of the drug
- Withdrawal symptoms begin if the drug is withheld
Benzo Side Effects
There are short- and long-term effects of benzo abuse. Side effects are worse at higher doses and after the drug has built up in the body over an extended period.
In the short term, benzos can cause:
- Dry mouth
- Slurred speech
- Slowed breathing and reflexes
- Compromised coordination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Erratic behavior
- Mood swings
Over the long term, you might experience muscle weakness, severe loss of coordination, dangerously diminished judgment, slow speech, and ongoing memory loss. Look into benzo rehab in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to find your way to health.
Benzo Addiction Treatment in Jeffersonville, Indiana at TruHealing Riverbend
In our benzo addiction treatment center, addiction to any benzodiazepine can be treated. There are numerous iterations of benzos, including the following:
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Clonazepam (Klonipin)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Temazepam (Restoril)
Whatever version of this addictive sedative you are struggling with, benzodiazepine addiction treatment can help you begin your recovery journey. Once you are medically stabilized after detox, the treatment of benzo addiction can be accomplished at TruHealing Riverbend through inpatient or outpatient programs using a range of evidence-based treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, relapse prevention therapy, family therapy, and a range of options both provided individually and in group therapy settings. Dual diagnosis therapy is also available if you have a co-occurring mental health disorder.
At TruHealing Riverbend in Jeffersonville, we offer a range of options, depending on what works best for you and your circumstances:
- Intensive outpatient therapy (IOP)
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Outpatient treatment
- Men’s rehab
- Women’s rehab
- 12-step support groups
- Aftercare programs
- Life skills training
Reach out today to see how TruHealing Riverbend can help you kick benzos to the curb and live your best life in recovery. Call 855.652.0546 today or use our online form. You are not alone.