Anyone suffering from an addiction to benzodiazepines knows just how challenging it is to deal with. This addiction often causes damage to physical and emotional health, and severely disrupts a person’s quality of life. People struggling with benzo addiction often know they need help, but do not know where to turn. Our benzodiazepine rehab in Palm Springs provides professional treatment designed to help a person successfully complete detox, residential, and outpatient programs.
Benzodiazepines are prescription medications used to treat mental health conditions such as anxiety and panic disorders. They also assist in the treatment of insomnia, muscle spasms, seizures, and withdrawal symptoms associated with drug and alcohol addiction. Benzos provide a tranquilizing effect that helps alleviate feelings of anxiety and assists in relaxation and sleep.
While millions of people experience relief by using benzodiazepine medication as prescribed, they still have a high risk of developing an addiction. Due to their tranquilizing effects, many people abuse their prescriptions from the start or take benzos without having a prescription for them.
Types of Benzos
Benzodiazepines are prescribed based on the condition that is being treated and how quickly they need to work. They are sold under a variety of brand names, including:
Alprazolam: Commonly sold under the brand name Xanax, it is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
Clonazepam: Commonly sold under the brand name Klonopin, it is used to help control and prevent seizures and treat panic attacks.
Lorazepam: Commonly sold under the brand name Ativan, it is used to treat anxiety.
Diazepam: Commonly sold under the brand name Valium, it is used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures.
Temazepam: Commonly sold under the brand name Restoril, it is used to treat insomnia.
Do You Need Benzodiazepine Rehab? Signs and Symptoms of Benzo Addiction
The signs that a person is experiencing a benzo addiction can vary, but there are several common ones to look out for. Psychological symptoms resulting from benzo addiction, such as anxiety and depression, can influence symptom presentation. Someone who feels anxiety or depression as a result of their addiction may then engage in more benzo usage in order to alleviate these feelings, creating a vicious cycle.
Physical symptoms of benzo addiction that commonly occur include:
- Cloudy thinking
- Blurry vision
- Uncoordinated movement
- Impaired memory
- Mood swings
- Muscle pain
Behavioral signs and symptoms of benzo addiction can include:
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Taking benzos without a prescription
- Inability to reduce dosage or stop taking it
- Combining benzos with alcohol or other drugs
- Doctor shopping (using more than one doctor to get multiple prescriptions)
If you notice signs of addiction to benzos in yourself or someone you love, it’s important to seek professional treatment in a benzodiazepine rehab.
Quitting Benzos Cold Turkey
Sometimes people who are addicted to benzos may recognize their symptoms and attempt to quit ‘cold turkey’. However, this can be dangerous and is not recommended. A qualified rehab program is staffed by addiction specialists and provides professional services that include round-the-clock supervision to monitor for withdrawal symptoms, and ensure the client’s comfort and safety while detoxing.
Quitting benzos cold turkey is usually not successful because withdrawal symptoms are often uncomfortable or painful, resulting in the desire to use again to avoid the pain. Furthermore, people who attempt to quit benzos on their own are more likely to relapse, compared to those who take advantage of a benzodiazepine rehab program.
Benzodiazepine Rehab: How Benzo Addiction is Treated
Benzodiazepine rehab begins with an assessment of the individual’s needs, including how long their addiction has been going on, the amount they take, and any other substances currently being abused. Detox is the first step, which involves a process of removing drugs and other toxins from the body, in order to return it to a neutral drug-free state.
At our benzo detox center in Palm Springs, California, our doctors and other medical professionals will develop a taper schedule to slowly wean you off the medication to reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. In order to reduce or alleviate withdrawal symptoms, medical and psychological support is provided.
Common therapies used in benzo rehab include:
Group Therapy — Therapist-led groups offer the support and encouragement of a peer group that allows people to share coping skills and strategies to avoid relapse.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) — A counselor meets with a client for a limited number of sessions to help them become aware of negative thinking and develop more effective ways to handle situations and emotions.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) — DBT helps people develop mindfulness, tolerate distress, regulate their emotions, and achieve interpersonal effectiveness. It works particularly well when used as part of treatment for those with substance use disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, and borderline personality disorders.
Equine Therapy — Equine therapy involves working with horses in order to help the individual connect with themselves and keep from staying in their own head too much. This type of therapy has shown to be a way to help people learn about bonds with someone else and cope with their addiction triggers.
Holistic Therapy — These types of therapy can include yoga, meditation, music therapy, art therapy, and acupuncture. They focus a person on their minds, bodies, and spirits in order to completely address their well-being, often providing a way to relax and enjoy a new activity.
Types of Benzodiazepine Rehab Treatment Programs
While detox returns your body to a drug-free state, it is just the first step on the road to recovery. During detox, your addiction treatment team will work with you to establish a care plan that can include one of several programs, including:
Residential Treatment Program
In a residential program, you will live at the treatment facility. This drug-free environment provides medical personnel and a variety of types of therapy. Talk therapy is a primary source for helping people get to the bottom of their addictions and how to sustain recovery and may include individual therapy, group therapy, and other types of therapeutic modalities. In addition, residential treatment often provides options like holistic therapy, equine therapy, and guidance for the next step of treatment to begin after leaving the residence.
Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Programs
All outpatient programs take place during the day, allowing the person to return home at night. The programs work best for those who have a supportive and drug-free support network. There are key differences between intensive and standard outpatient programs. Standard programs require just a few days of treatment per week for a few hours per day, while intensive programs require attending more days per week and for longer hours per day. Intensive outpatient programs are helpful for those who need a higher level of care than regular outpatient but are still able to live at home.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
PHPs require more time than the outpatient programs but offer more freedom than the residential program. You will typically meet every day for about six hours. If you have relapsed after completing a residential treatment program, you may return to PHP or an outpatient program.
Addiction Aftercare Programs
Phoenix Rising Recovery in Palm Springs, California, understands the risk of relapse that everyone faces, even after completing long-term treatment. Because recovery doesn’t end the day a person completes formal treatment, aftercare is important to keep them focused on their daily and long-term goals. People who are vigilant about their aftercare treatment are less likely to relapse and find that they are able to live fulfilling, well-rounded lives without the need for drugs or alcohol.
We promote and recommend aftercare services that can include options like:
- 12-step meetings
- SMART recovery meetings
- Sober living homes
- Ongoing outpatient counseling, particularly for those with a co-occurring mental illness
Benzodiazepine Rehab in Palm Springs
Admitting that you have a benzo addiction is a brave first step on the road to recovery. Phoenix Rising is here to support you with individual treatment programs that treat the whole person and provide meaningful recovery from benzo addiction. Contact Phoenix Rising Recovery in Palm Springs today and overcome your benzo addiction. Call us at 866-985-1103.