Benzodiazepine Treatment in California
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Addiction to benzodiazepines typically starts when individuals with a prescription for these drugs start to misuse them. This could involve taking more than the prescribed dose, taking the drug more often than prescribed or purchasing the drug illegally to take without a prescription. Valley Recovery Center is here to help.
If you or a loved one are suffering from benzodiazepine addiction and need help now please call 866-986-2486 to speak with a counselor.
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Signs & Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Addiction
The signs and symptoms of addiction include physical, psychological and behavioral changes from the central nervous system being affected. Early signs of dependency on benzodiazepines may include:
- Slurred speech
- Mood swings
- Slow reflexes
- Shallow breathing
- Blurry vision
- Light-headedness and fainting
- Reduced coordination
- Slowed heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Pale skin
- Mental confusion
People with an ongoing addiction to benzodiazepines may develop depression or suicidal thoughts. They may cut off contact with friends and loved ones who disapprove of drug use. Some people who are addicted to benzodiazepines might encounter financial difficulties if they spend money on drugs instead of everyday necessities. Drug users may be unable to keep a job or maintain their usual performance levels at work.
Benzodiazepine abuse can be deadly, especially when these drugs are used in conjunction with other substances like that also depress brain function, such as opiates, alcohol, or common barbiturates. Individuals on benzodiazepine might also be at higher risk for falls and injuries.
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The Benefits of Benzo Addiction Treatment in CA
Because benzodiazepines cause both physical and psychological addiction, a treatment program needs to take both of these aspects into account. Physical benzodiazepine addiction isn’t treatable on an outpatient basis because it requires medical supervision to safely stop using this type of drug. Before treatment can begin, medical stabilization might be required if the person has experienced an overdose or other medical event. A rehab professional can assess the client’s medical history, mental health and history of drug use to recommend a personalized addiction recovery plan.
When a client enters rehab, the first step in benzodiazepine addiction treatment is detoxification, which involves a one to two week benzodiazepine withdrawal process. During detox, the drug leaves the body and the brain adapts to no longer having access to benzodiazepines. Medical supervision during the detox process helps ease withdrawal symptoms, reduce the risk of major adverse effects during withdrawal and keep the client as comfortable as possible as the body and brain adapt to being drug-free.
Once through withdrawal and detox, the client embarks on a recovery program or treatment team that may involve:
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Group therapy
- Peer support groups
- Treatment for co-occurring conditions
After completing a residential rehabilitation program for benzodiazepine addiction, clients typically work with a drug rehab counselor to develop a plan to stay drug-free and ensure relapse prevention after leaving the facility. This may include ongoing counseling or participation in a 12-step program in the community. Planning for post-release success also includes learning techniques to help prevent relapses.
Associated benzodiazepines include: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Diazepam, Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Librium & Lorazepam.
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Valley Recovery Center accepts most health insurance plans, making our residential drug rehab program more affordable.
Give us a call at 866-986-2486 to find out if a stay at our residential treatment facility is included in your insurance plan. An insurance benefits check is free, and our trained admissions counselors can help you figure out a treatment plan that works with your available insurance options.