Benzodiazepine Detox Program
What are benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a type of drug that affects a person’s Central Nervous System. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord and is responsible for primary bodily functions. Benzodiazepines depress the CNS and slow down the regular transmission of chemicals and hormones that cause anxiety, restlessness, and agitation.
People who are prescribed benzodiazepines most commonly are diagnosed with anxiety, panic disorder, and other medical conditions that require less CNS activation generally. Our Florida benzo detox program offers a safe and effective way for men and women to get off benzodiazepines. The painful withdrawal symptoms can be safely minimized in a clinical setting under the supervision of medical professionals.
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A significant chemical that benzodiazepines help depress or reduce is Norepinephrine (NE). NE is a natural chemical that is released when a person is experiencing fear. For people who have panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, or insomnia, benzodiazepines provide relief. Benzodiazepines are classified as CNS depressants and are also referred to as tranquilizers and sedatives. There are numerous types of benzodiazepines people abuse and become addicted to. The drug-using culture references benzodiazepines as ‘benzos.’ The most common benzos that most addicts abuse are:
History and Statistics about Benzodiazepine Addiction
Benzodiazepines were first developed during the 1960s and caught the attention of the medical community for how much safer they were compared to barbiturates to lower anxiety and treat other mental health-related conditions. Before benzodiazepines, barbiturates, such as phenobarbital or Quaaludes, were prescribed to reduce CNS reactions (stress, anxiety, insomnia, nervousness). However, the popularity and overprescribing of benzos have since dramatically increased, and according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health, benzodiazepine prescriptions have nearly doubled in the last two decades, and the percentage of people filling benzo scripts tripled from the 1990s to the last five years.
Between 1996 and 2013, the number of adults filling a benzodiazepine prescription increased by 67%, from 8.1 million to 13.5 million. Similarly, the percentage of adults filling a benzodiazepine prescription increased from 4.1% to 5.6%, and the total quantity of benzodiazepines filled more than tripled from 1.1 to 3.6 per 100 000 adults. (NCBI)
Benzodiazepine Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms
The symptoms associated with benzodiazepine addiction will include increased attention and focus on taking benzos, seeing more than one doctor to get a prescription for benzos, lying to friends and family to get money to fill prescriptions or buy them on the street, missing work or school, becoming unemployed, driving while taking benzos, mood changes and combining benzos with other substances such as alcohol or opiate pain killers.
Once a person has become addicted to benzodiazepines, they will develop a tolerance for the drug and require higher doses to get them the same effect. The danger with benzodiazepine addiction is an increased chance for accidental overdose from taking too much or combining it with alcohol or other drugs as this can be lethal. Once a person has developed a tolerance, they have also developed a physical addiction to benzodiazepines.
Physical addiction to a drug means that the person must continuously ingest the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring. The withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepines are severe and life-threatening. It is never recommended for anyone who is addicted to benzos to attempt to stop taking them without medical supervision. The potential for a medical emergency is very high because one of the most dangerous physical addiction symptoms associated with benzos is seizures.
The withdrawal symptoms for benzodiazepine addiction include:
For a person who is addicted to any benzodiazepine, they must receive medical supervision for them to detox from the presence of benzos in their system safely. Our medically supervised benzo detox relies on a taper down method for the safest and most comfortable detoxification process. Quitting cold turkey is never medically recommended because of the extreme potential for seizures. The taper down regimen for benzodiazepine detox means that the client will be prescribed less and less benzodiazepine to allow their bodies to adjust to smaller doses gradually. The taper down detox process is safe and most widely supported in all medical settings.
Once a person has completed their detox, it is strongly recommended that people who are addicted to benzodiazepines continue to a structured drug treatment program. Evoke Florida offers programs that target the challenges that most benzo addicts face. Our programs depend on science-based methods for treating addiction as well as utilizing other successful practices and programs that are proven to help addicts recover and remain drug and alcohol-free for good.
Evoke Florida: A Premier Medical Detox
After detox, clients have a wide range of options to transition seamlessly to the next step in their addiction recovery. While the medical detoxification process is not easy, many clients recognize early on that is not nearly as intense, painful, or uncomfortable as anticipated. We help them build foundations needed to maintain long-term sobriety