Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a common class of anti-anxiety medications (Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium) that can be extremely addictive when used outside of the prescribed dosage. Because of how addictive these drugs can be, it is often difficult to quit using them on your own. The Summit Wellness Group combines different treatment techniques, led by a diligent and dedicated staff of professionals and people in recovery themselves, to help you overcome this addiction and gain your sober life back.
Our Approach to Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
At The Summit Wellness Group, we utilize an integrated approach to treatment that includes medication management, mental monitoring, behavioral therapy, psychiatric care, and holistic treatment techniques to form a multifaceted plan for your recovery. We aim to provide the most comprehensive level of care possible. Our goal is to provide each client with specifically designed tools and techniques for recovery. We know that the more tools someone has to aid in their recovery, the better chances they have to achieve healthy, long-term sobriety.
Our integrated approach to treatment is based on our experience that while these techniques may be effective on their own, they are more powerful when used in combination. Just treating the mind or body on its own is ineffective and often results in relapse. We use complementary therapies that work together to treat and benefit the person as a whole, thereby increasing someone’s chances of recovery.
While all of our benzodiazepine treatment programs at The Summit Wellness Group 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 symptoms, and if left untreated, it can be an extremely unpleasant experience in the best of cases. Withdrawal from benzos can also be very dangerous, sometimes even deadly, and entering a medical detox program is highly recommended. These centers can reduce risks and the discomfort of the benzodiazepine withdrawal and detox process.
Though we do not have an on-site detox program, we do partner with the best detox centers in Atlanta and will stand by your side through the detox process before being able to really begin treatment. Completing this process in a supervised setting is important because benzo withdrawal can be painful with symptoms like:
- Anxiety and Irritability
- Insomnia or Restlessness
- Tremors and Spasms
- Headache, Sweating, Racing Pulse or Hyperventilation
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Panic Attacks
- 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), and this may result in minor symptoms persisting for many weeks or months. There are some medications that can be used to treat these symptoms and ease our client’s discomfort, such as:
- Non-Benzo Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Sleep Aids
Step #3 – Individualized Treatment Plan
Medication can directly help our clients get through the withdrawal phase, however, the most effective treatment 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 not only focuses on treating benzo addiction, but we also aim to treat the person as a whole considering most addiction involves some form of co-occurring mental health condition or substance use disorder. By targeting all of these conditions together, we have seen an exponentially significant rate of success post-treatment. Our care plans vary depending on certain factors, and meeting with your very own treatment team will determine the best plan for moving forward through recovery.
Why Choose Our Benzodiazepine Rehab Program?
With so many benzodiazepine treatment programs available all across the country, why would someone choose The Summit Wellness Group’s benzodiazepine rehab program?
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 after treatment has been completed.
The peaceful, calming atmosphere at both of our Atlanta locations has been vital in each of our client’s recovery processes. We know that environment plays a huge role in successful recovery, and we want everyone to feel comfortable when they walk through our front door.
Each of the members of our staff takes the entire rehabilitation process seriously, from detox to recovery and every step in between. We are dedicated to providing every client with the highest level of care because we know and understand exactly what our clients 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.
FAQ Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
Some more information and frequently asked questions about benzodiazepine rehab include:
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 medications. 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 because 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 highly 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 can cause accidents and lead to other risks. The danger with benzos comes with the dangerous and sometimes deadly withdrawal effects and the potential for benzo addiction to lead to heroin use.