Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Treatment

Vivian Warren

Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are useful for treating mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and other stress-related conditions. Although they have the ability to dramatically improve the lives of those who take them as prescribed, these habit-forming drugs are highly-addictive and have the potential to worsen mental health disorders should they be abused. Benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment is best undergone in a clinical setting, under the around-the-clock supervision of the highly trained medical professionals at Restore Health and Wellness Center.

What are Benzos?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), all benzodiazepines used across the nation are classified as Schedule IV substances- meaning they have a high potential for abuse. Presently there are 15 types of benzos approved for medical use in the United States, but the most commonly abused are Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, Ambien, and Ativan. Like most drugs sold illegally they go by different street names. Some of the street names used to describe these substances are:

Benzodiazepine Street Names
  • Benzos
  • BZDs
  • Stupefy
  • Tranx
  • Qual
  • Heavenly Blues
  • Valley Girl
  • Goofballs
  • Moggies
  • Candy
  • Z Bars
  • Sleepers
  • School Bus
  • Dead Flower Powers

Signs of Abuse

When someone becomes addicted to benzodiazepines they will exhibit more than just physical symptoms. Someone abusing these substances may seem detached from life and exhibit little care for people or activities they once enjoyed. Addicts will often lose interest in setting goals, withdrawal from their loved ones, and even run into legal trouble. These signs as well as physical symptoms to look for include:

Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Unsteadiness while moving around
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor coordination
  • Amnesia
  • Hostility
  • Irritability
  • Night terrors
  • Impaired judgment

Benzo Withdrawal

The symptoms of a Benzo withdrawal are both physically and emotionally unpleasant, as well as life threatening without the proper assistance. Stopping ‘cold turkey,’ or not tapering yourself off the substance slowly, is extremely dangerous and can have serious consequences. Although no two withdrawals will be exactly the same, those who have abused benzos for a prolonged period of time will likely suffer from similar symptoms. These flu-like symptoms are also psychological in nature. Typical symptoms of withdrawal associated with a benzodiazepine withdrawal are:

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling tense or anxious
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Abnormal sensory perception
  • Shaking or convulsions
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Irritability
  • Flu-like symptoms

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Treatment at Restore Health and Wellness Center

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal will last for varying amounts of time depending the substance being extended release, the dosage, length of addiction, an individual’s chemistry, tapering off the drug, and being in a professional setting or not.

Restore Health and Wellness Center is the ideal place to recover from a benzodiazepine addiction. Our certified doctors, nurses, and therapists are available 24/7 to administer the necessary withdrawal medications and ensure that the client is as comfortable as possible. The detox process is not easy and our team of professionals understand this. Some of the more common medications used to assist in the benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment process include:

Medications Used in Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Treatment
  • Klonopin– Klonopin, or Clonazepam, is a Benzo that is sometimes used to alleviate certain symptoms of withdrawal. It is usually only used in the case of a shorter term addiction. Klonopin is useful in treating seizures, panic attacks, and other forms of anxiety.
  • Phenobarbital– This substance is from the barbiturate class of drugs. It is generally used to treat symptoms of anxiety and seizures. By slowing down brain activity, Phenobarbital can counteract some symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Buspirone– Also known as Buspar, Buspirone is another medication used to reduce anxiety. The anxiolytic substance influences neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly serotonin. Unlike Benzos, it does not depress the central nervous system or cause drowsiness.
  • Tofranil– Tofranil, or Imipramine, is a powerful antidepressant that treats both depression and anxiety.
  • Flumazenil– Primarily used to treat overdoses, Flumazenil has shown to successfully reduce some symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal. It does this by blocking the effects of the drug and relieving symptoms of withdrawal by attaching to the same pleasure centers as Benzos.

Restore Health and Wellness Center can help

Detox may be one of the first steps to lasting recovery, but recovery does not end there. Inpatient rehabilitation at Restore Health and Wellness Center provides the temptation and distraction free environment necessary to facilitate recovery long-term sobriety. Our individual and group counseling programs, team of dedicated staff, and numerous alternative addiction treatment options promote the healthy, happy lifestyle that you’ve dreamed of. For more information about our Benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment programs pick up the phone and dial an addiction specialist today at 855-636-5785.

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