Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a common class of anti-anxiety medications that includes Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium. They can be extremely addictive when used outside of their prescribed dosages. Many people need treatment in order to overcome benzo use.
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Benzo Addiction Treatment
How We Treat Benzo Addiction
While our benzodiazepine treatment programs at The Summit Wellness Group in Georgia are tailored to each individual client, they do follow a general framework:
Step #1 – Making Benzo Detox As Safe As Possible
Suddenly ceasing benzo use can produce psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms. If left untreated, it can be an unpleasant experience in the best of cases. Withdrawal from benzos can also be very dangerous, sometimes even deadly. Entering a medical detox center is highly recommended. These centers can reduce the risks and discomfort of the benzodiazepine withdrawal process.
We will stand by your side through the detox process while you prepare to enter treatment. Completing this process in a supervised setting is important because benzo withdrawal can be painful and dangerous with symptoms that can include:
Anxiety and Irritability
Insomnia or Restlessness
Tremors and Spasms
Headache, Sweating, Racing Pulse or Hyperventilation
Nausea or Vomiting
Problems with Concentration and Memory
Hallucinations and Delirium
Grand Mal Seizures
Step #2 – Withdrawal and Craving Management With Medications
Withdrawal from benzos can often result in a prolonged, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). This may result in minor symptoms persisting for many weeks or months. There are some medications that can treat these symptoms and ease our client’s discomfort, such as:
Non-Benzo Anti-Anxiety Medications
Step #3 – Individualized Treatment Plan
Medication can help our clients get through the withdrawal phase, but the most effective plans also combine integrative talk therapies and holistic techniques to reduce anxiety and promote the development of healthy coping skills. Each piece of the treatment plan focuses on treating benzo addiction. We also aim to treat the person as a whole considering most addiction involves some form of dual diagnosis mental health condition. By targeting these conditions together, we have seen a higher rate of success post-treatment. Our care plans vary depending on certain factors. Meeting with your very own treatment team will determine the best plan for moving forward through recovery.
Why Choose Us For Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment?
With so many benzodiazepine treatment programs available all across the country, why would someone choose The Summit Wellness Group?
Our On-Site Holistic Therapies
Holistic therapies are critical in the development of healthy habits for long-term sobriety. These techniques work to foster overall wellness which we have seen lead to more successful recovery. By treating the person as a whole instead of only focusing on individual symptom management, our clients are better equipped for continuing their recovery.
The peaceful, calming atmosphere at both of our Roswell and Atlanta facilities has been vital in each of our client’s recovery processes. We know that environment plays a huge role in a successful recovery. We want everyone to feel comfortable when they walk through our front door.
When they come in the door, I want them to know this place is different. The people who work here are different. The environment’s different. We’re going to have a different time here. Whether you get sober or not, you’re going to go through the best program in the state of Georgia. I make sure it feels like that.Bob Schalit – CEO of The Summit Wellness Group
Each of the members of our staff takes the entire rehabilitation process seriously, from detox to recovery and every step between. We are dedicated to providing every client with the highest level of care because we know and understand exactly what they are going through when they come to us for help. The most important part for our clients when they reach out for help is knowing that they can trust us through this entire process.
Many people come into recovery alone, but we want to make sure they know that they have a family with us and they can rely on us for help. Our clinicians are all Master’s level clinicians or higher, making them the most qualified at handling your needs.
Some are good at trauma, some are good at LGBTQ, some are good at straight out heroin addiction and they’ve been in recovery. Some have never been in recovery. I try to keep a mix of therapists that are in recovery and therapists that aren’t, as well as a mix of personalities, ethnic groups.Bob Schalit – CEO of The Summit Wellness Group
FAQ About Benzo Addiction
When Is It Time To Seek Help For My Loved One?
It can be difficult to tell if someone is addicted to benzos, especially if they have a prescription for the medication. Knowing the signs of Xanax addiction can help you determine whether or not they need help. If you believe that a loved one is abusing benzos, it is critical to get them help as soon as possible. Extended abuse can cause permanent structural and functional changes to the brain, leading to long-term health consequences. The sooner your loved one gets help, the better chance the body has at healing itself.
Reasons to Seek Treatment ASAP
When used outside of the recommendations provided by a doctor, benzos are addictive and can cause permanent damage to the brain. Extended use can lead to increased tolerance, requiring more and more of the drug before the brain feels the effects. If this happens, withdrawal symptoms can become more serious which plays into the cyclical nature of addiction. The second benzos interrupt your life in any way is the second you should seek treatment from professionals who can manage detox and get you back to a sober life.
Warning on Overdose/Withdrawal
Though many people don’t overdose on benzos, they can overly sedate themselves which may cause accidents and lead to other risks. The danger with benzos comes with the sometimes deadly withdrawal effects and the potential for benzo addiction to lead to heroin use.
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We’d love the opportunity to help you during this overwhelming and difficult process. Our sincere passion is helping people recover so that they can live full, meaningful, and healthy lives.
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