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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 and may pose a dangerous threat to both physical and mental health. Many people need treatment in order to overcome benzodiazepine use.

The Summit Wellness Group in Georgia utilizes an integrated approach to provide benzodiazepine addiction treatment in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 the chances of a complete recovery.

Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Center in Atlanta, GA

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. This allows us to use the most effective, evidence-based outpatient treatment services while also meeting the unique needs of each client.

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.

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We will stand by your side through the detoxification 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
  • Panic Attacks
  • Problems with Concentration and Memory
  • Hallucinations and Delirium
  • Grand Mal Seizures

Though we do not currently offer these services in-house, our treatment professionals have connections with the best benzodiazepine detox providers in the Atlanta area. Our first goal is to connect you with one of these providers so that your body can be safely rid of benzos, making you able to focus on the treatment program we offer instead of struggling with withdrawal.

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
  • Sleep Aids
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants

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 disorders and promote the development of healthy coping skills. Each piece of the treatment plan focuses first on treating Benzo addiction. We also aim to treat the person as a whole considering most addiction involves some form of dual diagnosis of 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.

Part of our tried and true addiction treatment program includes medication management. We will help you keep up with taking those prescription medications that are meant to help ease uncomfortable Benzo withdrawal symptoms or manage underlying mental health conditions.

Step #3 – Individualized Treatment Plan

Some of the available treatment options we offer include:

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our most intensive form of treatment for benzodiazepine addiction is our partial hospitalization program. This service allows our clients to receive a highly intense addiction rehab plan without having to spend the night in our facility like would be required of an inpatient program. PHP allows clients to sleep and live in their own homes or sober living community while also having access to a full day of services. Though we do prioritize the individual needs of each client, most Benzo addiction treatment plans will include behavioral therapy, group therapy, and holistic therapy. Our goal is to treat the initial symptoms of drug addiction, address any underlying conditions that may have led to the substance abuse, and then help each client develop positive coping skills and habits that increase the likelihood of long-term sobriety.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The next level of treatment that we offer is our intensive outpatient program. We do encourage all of our clients to begin their recovery journey with PHP since it is the most intensive and has the highest success rate. But, we also recognize that not all of our clients can put their life on hold to get sober. Most of our clients have careers, have children or families to take care of, or are in school and cannot commit their entire day to treatment. With this in mind, we have created a flexible program to fit those commitments. We do not believe that you should ever have to choose between sobriety and your life.

Clients have the option of morning or evening IOP. Our morning sessions run every single day from 9 AM to 12 PM and our evening sessions consist of services Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 PM to 9 PM. When you come to discuss your treatment options with our trained medical professionals, they can help build you a schedule that is both effective and flexible.

Outpatient Treatment

Our lowest level of treatment, which we prefer our clients use as aftercare, is our outpatient program. We generally do not recommend that this be used for first-time clients or individuals who have relapsed, but we do feel that outpatient treatment is a critical part of maintaining long-term sobriety. This form of care includes as few hours a week as you feel is beneficial to you. Most clients will continue to see their therapist or participate in group therapies to remain connected and accountable for their continued 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 in Atlanta, Georgia?

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 across the board. By treating the person as a whole instead of only focusing on individual symptom management, our clients are better equipped for continuing their recovery.

Our holistic programs encompass the widest array of services, from yoga to massage therapy, guided meditation, chiropractic care, and therapeutic fitness to name a few. We feel that it is critical to ensure that each client has access to these services because they retrain the brain. Using drugs is a coping mechanism, and it is one that causes instant gratification. If you retrain those parts of your brain to crave more positive coping mechanisms that also offer instant gratification, you are more likely to choose those over the drugs.

Our Locations

The peaceful, calming atmosphere at both 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, which is why we created the spaces to mimic that intention.

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

Our Staff

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. But we don’t just stop there. Most of our treatment specialists have experienced addiction in some way or another, providing them with first-hand knowledge of what this feels like for each client seeking help. We do not look at you like a patient or a number. We look at you and see one of us, a family member who is in need of help that we can offer.

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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