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At Sequoia Detox Centers, we offer medically-supervised drug and alcohol treatment, and our medical detoxification process can help with benzo detox.
Benzodiazepines are legally prescribed drugs that can significantly improve symptoms of specific physical or emotional illnesses. Although benzodiazepines are an effective and beneficial component of the treatment process, they are also highly addictive and often misused.
Benzodiazepines help to reduce symptoms by working within the central nervous system to produce feelings of relaxation. Their actions within the brain help improve feelings of panic and anxiety, replacing harmful emotions with happier feelings.
Benzo addiction occurs quickly as most users rapidly become addicted to the feelings the drugs produce. When you become dependent on the drug to feel good, an addiction to the substance itself soon follows. In many cases, three to four weeks of regular benzo use will lead to withdrawal symptoms when you reduce or try to stop taking benzodiazepines. For this reason, most treatment plans that involve benzodiazepines are short-term.
Benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos,” are depressants used in medical settings to reduce anxiety, relax muscles, and produce other sedative effects. When mixed with other sedatives, benzos can be incredibly dangerous, and they’re problematic on their own as well. Drugs in this class are prescription sedatives (tranquilizers) such as Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and Xanax.
Providers have used benzodiazepines since the 1960s to manage symptoms of various medical and mental health conditions. Over time hundreds of different formulas have been produced; however, today, only fifteen are currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These highly addictive drugs require medical detoxification if patients are to find their sobriety. Drugs that influence the nervous system within the brain have some of the most challenging withdrawal symptoms.
Benzo use produces a range of physical and psychological symptoms. The challenge to recognizing benzodiazepine is that many symptoms of benzo addiction will also occur with proper use. For example, if someone uses a benzodiazepine as directed by their physician, they will likely experience drowsiness or dizziness. These are expected and anticipated effects of the drug itself. However, when someone is addicted to benzodiazepines, the “expected” effects of the drug will seem enhanced, and their need to use will be far beyond what is typical for normal or acceptable use.
Without treatment, ongoing benzodiazepine addiction can lead to lasting impacts on your physical and emotional health. You may experience memory problems, difficulties sleeping, headache, problems with concentration, tremors, and diet or weight changes. Benzo addiction can also cause some users new or worsening mental health problems. Depending on the severity of addiction, behaviors including drug-seeking behaviors, poor personal hygiene, mood swings, and “doctor shopping” may occur.
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The exact benzo detox timeline will vary from patient to patient, depending on the duration of use and severity of benzo detox symptoms. These symptoms are not simple discomfort or something that can be treated at home. You should not, under any circumstances, detox from benzos without full medical detoxification processes.
Our medical detoxification service supports safe and effective benzo detox by mitigating any symptoms and addressing any dangers through round-the-clock medical support at our center for medical detoxification in Washington.
Benzo withdrawal can be dangerous, especially when attempted without support. Although using a benzodiazepine as part of a treatment plan is not inherently dangerous, the detox process can lead to complex symptoms that are best managed as part of a medically supervised detox program.
When you begin detoxing from benzos, you can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms within the first twenty-four hours. The duration of withdrawal will vary depending on the severity of your addiction. Other factors that impact how long detox lasts include whether you struggle with any co-occurring physical or mental health conditions that could increase your symptom severity.
Benzos work by weakening the influence of inhibitory interneurons in the brain. These neurons work to prevent too much dopamine from flooding the brain, but benzos stop these cells from doing their job, resulting in a rush of dopamine and a pleasurable feeling. This is what makes drugs like benzos so addictive but also makes them so dangerous.
When used as directed, benzodiazepine drugs typically do not cause dangerous or life-threatening effects. However, detoxing and withdrawing from benzodiazepines can, especially if you attempt to detox alone or “cold turkey.” Detoxing from benzodiazepines is safest and most successful under medical supervision in a controlled treatment environment. In a medically supervised benzo detox program, addiction treatment professionals and medical providers can ensure you can detox safely from benzodiazepines.
At a Washington detox center for benzodiazepines, our team of experienced medical and mental health professionals will continuously monitor your physical, emotional, and spiritual health throughout the detox process. Depending on your needs, they may provide medications to help reduce the intensity and severity of certain withdrawal symptoms. Completing detox in a controlled setting is beneficial not only to your health and safety but also to your ongoing treatment process.
After completing the medical detoxification process, patients will take their next step of treatment. This can include a variety of unique programs and therapies, such as faith-focused treatment, individualized therapy, group therapy, art therapy, and much more. We’ll recommend and provide the best path for each patient’s needs. By beginning treatment in a Spokane detox center like Sequoia Detox Center, you can feel comfortable and safe transitioning into therapeutic addiction treatment care with providers you know and trust.
Addiction is a combination of chemical, behavioral, and even emotional processes. To safely treat addiction, a benzodiazepine detox and treatment program must address each aspect of an individual’s addiction. Our holistic recovery approach allows patients to find freedom from benzo addiction. We understand how to address all aspects of active addiction, including medical attention and therapeutic care. Contact a member of our admissions team today to learn more about how to get help for benzo addiction at Sequoia Detox center.