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Benzo Addiction Treatment

Benzo Addiction TreatmentBenzodiazepines, commonly referred to as benzos, are drugs that depress or slow down the actions of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and spinal column. In a medical setting, benzodiazepines are typically used to treat insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures.

The most prescribed and illegally used benzos include alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam. Benzos are used by Des Moines residents recreationally for their euphoric effect, and they are often used in conjunction with other illegal drugs. A 2008 SAMHSA report found that 95% of individuals admitted to treatment centers for benzodiazepine abuse reported abuse of another drug as well.

Why Does Benzo Addiction Require Treatment?

Benzodiazepine addiction in and of itself can be very dangerous, but benzos are often abused in combination with one or more other drugs, which is even more lethal. Although it is essential to end benzo abuse, Des Moines residents should not try to stop using benzos on their own because the withdrawal effects can be dangerous (e.g., convulsions, panic attacks). It is important to seek medical advice prior to stopping use of benodiazepine. Additionally, if the user has multiple addictions, he is at an even greater risk of having adverse and dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

It is essential to find professional treatment for addiction because benzodiazepine addiction can have devastating effects on the body and can even be fatal.

What Does Benzo Treatment Involve?

Quality benzo treatment for Des Moines residents typically involves three different steps:

  1. Detox – Detox is an essential first step toward recovery. Detox is when the benzodiazepines are withheld and the body chemically readjusts. Benzo detox has a variety of withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be dangerous, which is why medical supervision is necessary. Your medical team will monitor your physical stability and will do their best to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Counseling and Therapy – Once you are deemed medically stable, you are able to start working on your emotional and psychological health. You will work one-on-one and in group settings with counselors and therapists. Together, you will identify underlying causes of your addiction and you will deal with the aftermath of your benzo abuse problem. Your counselor will guide you  as you deal with feelings of shame, anger, sadness and guilt and as you work to rebuild relationships. He will be with you to celebrate successes and to encourage you as you make advances toward a better life.
  3. Follow-up Care – Your journey is not over after you have completed rehab. Once you are on your own again and back in the real world, you have to apply the skills you learned during treatment in order to maintain your sobriety. Staying sober after treatment is not an easy task, but you are not alone! Quality treatment facilities provide follow-up care where you can meet with a counselor individually or in a group setting to discuss your struggles, lapses, and successes in an environment where you can receive the support and encouragement you need to maintain sobriety.

Where Can I Find Help?

If you or a loved one in Des Moines is struggling with a benzodiazepine addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your call. We are available to talk to you about whether or not you should seek help, to discuss different treatment options available, and to offer you support and encouragement as you take your first step toward living a healthier lifestyle. You are not alone. Call today!