Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment for Addictions to Xanax and Valium
Benzodiazepine addiction treatment is a highly effective method for overcoming addictions to drugs like Xanax and Valium.
Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed in the U.S. and have been proven to treat generalized anxiety disorders, insomnia, and seizures, among other conditions.
However, benzodiazepines are also very addictive and have the potential to lead to overwhelming physical dependence over time.
In these instances, and in many others, professional benzodiazepine addiction treatment can help.
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Uses and Forms of Benzodiazepines
Prescription benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants that are often used as sedatives for patients with certain conditions.
Unlike many other medications, benzodiazepines can be highly addictive even if the prescription is followed.
Illicit benzodiazepines, often called benzos, are often used to decrease anxiety and panic by decreasing the activity of the nerve impulses and slowing down brain activity.
Illicit drugs are generally more dangerous than prescriptions because they are often laced with or used in conjunction with other substances.
In addition to treating anxiety, insomnia, and seizures in monitored medical settings, they are sometimes used to treat cerebral palsy, ease severe muscle spasms, reduce certain withdrawal symptoms, and decrease stress and anxiety in patients anticipating invasive surgeries.
However, medically administered and supervised use has become far less common than illicit use.
In medical settings, most benzodiazepines are swallowed. Valium is one exception that may be injected.
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Benzodiazepines are Often Crushed or Snorted
In illicit settings, benzodiazepines are often crushed or snorted.
These methods lead to a faster and more intense high by shortening the time between ingestion and reaction but they also increase the risk of an overdose.
Both illicit and prescription benzodiazepines fall into two categories: short-acting and long-acting. Short-acting forms typically last for a few short hours in the body, while long-acting ones can last for several days.
The different forms are both highly addictive and easy to abuse.
Whether short or long-acting, there are over a dozen benzodiazepines available through prescription today.
Despite the potential for abuse and addiction, they are still widely prescribed. Short-acting benzodiazepines are commonly used as sleeping pills and long-acting are typically used more for anxiety.
However, this may vary depending on several individual factors. The following are some of the most common drugs involved in benzodiazepine addiction treatment:
- Diazepam / Valium
- Alprazolam / Xanax
- Clonazepam / Klonopin
Generally, due to their addictive qualities and potential for abuse, doctors suggest using benzodiazepines for less than four weeks at a time, even if there is a continuing medical need.
In addition to the many available benzodiazepine prescriptions, there are also thousands of illicit versions available. These may each serve a different purpose, come with varying side effects, cost more or less than another, and present different degrees of risk.
Another large risk factor is added when benzodiazepines are mixed with substances like opioids and alcohol. These combinations increase the risk of intense physical or psychological damage, overdose, and death.
Benzodiazepine addiction treatment can help reduce these risks and treat each present addiction, along with all underlying mental health conditions, for a healthy and well-rounded recovery.
Over 30% of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines. This contributes to the already compelling argument in favor of benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
Benzodiazepines alone have a calming effect, which appeals to people with anxiety, stressful home or work situations, depression, insomnia, or a lack of control in their muscle movements.
However, the potential side effects and resulting withdrawal symptoms are usually more detrimental than the original problem they were trying to self-treat or avoid.
Benzodiazepines are habit-forming sedatives, altering the user’s brain chemistry and potentially changing their levels of consciousness, behaviors, and thoughts.
These brain-altering effects may be appealing initially, but they fade rather quickly and quickly increase the risk of a tolerance being built.
This means that benzodiazepine users will quickly adjust to the drug and consistently need more to achieve similar effects. These qualities make both abuse and addiction hard to avoid in any setting.
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Benzodiazepine Side Effects
Addictions like these can occur quickly and be hard to overcome.
Other substances, genetic predispositions, social and environmental factors, and high-stress situations all make it even more difficult to overcome without benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
The experience may be slightly different for each patient due to the large number of individual factors involved, but on their own, benzodiazepines often lead to the following side effects:
- Grogginess or drowsiness
- Disturbances to coordination and balance including dizziness
- Increased risk of a fall or accident
- Impaired memory or confusion
- Vision problems
- Depressive episodes
Long-term abuse increases the risk of serious or fatal overdoses.
Additionally, the side effects listed above are generally seen in shorter-term benzodiazepine use, and long-term use may lead to more troubling side effects, like heart attacks, strokes, psychosis, and seizures.
When mixed with alcohol or other similar substances, these side effects often include neurological ones, such as dementia, kidney damage, and liver damage.
If you or someone you love is suffering, benzodiazepine addiction treatment can help.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Options
As is the case with most other addiction treatments, benzodiazepine addiction often includes inpatient or outpatient care.
For a drug with such highly addictive qualities and serious potential for abuse, inpatient care is widely recommended. This method of care often begins with a medically-assisted and supervised detox.
Going through a supervised withdrawal drastically increases your chances of success, eliminates temptations, and eases withdrawal symptoms so you can begin your treatment program with a clear mind.
Going through the withdrawal process alone can be scary, uncomfortable or painful, and even dangerous in some cases. However, benzodiazepine is typically not lethal, so recovery is highly achievable.
Professional medical treatment in a comfortable, safe, and supervised environment like the benzodiazepine addiction treatment program at Emerald Isle can simplify the process.
Paying for Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
We are happy to accept most major insurance providers for your addiction treatments, including Medicare and Medicaid, Aetna, AmeriHealth, BlueCross/BlueShield, and Cigna.
If you don’t see your provider on this list, please call our addiction specialists for a fast, easy, and free insurance verification.
Additionally, they can answer any questions you may have about your treatment options and complete your intake questionnaire so that we can start putting a plan together.
If your coverage falls short or you don’t have insurance, please ask about alternative payment options. Each step of the process will be customized to your needs and addiction so we know we’re giving you the care you truly need.
The well-being and sobriety of each of our clients comes first, payments and all other details are secondary.
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Emerald Isle Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
With guidance and care, benzodiazepine addiction is beatable.
Our warm, compassionate, and dedicated team will see to it that you receive a whole and healthy recovery.
The experts at Emerald Isle are here for you from the first phone to your outpatient care after you’ve graduated.
We will not only treat your addiction, but we’ll uncover underlying causes so that these may be addressed, too.
Let us remove the obstacles and boundaries that are standing between you and your recovery with a wide range of proven, creative, and holistic treatment methods.
At Emerald Isle, we struggle together, we heal together, and we succeed together.