Benzodiazepine Addiction

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Find Freedom from Substance Use through Our Benzo Detox

Benzodiazepines or “benzos” are highly addictive prescription medications used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. Benzos cause dopamine levels to surge, resulting in an intense wave of pleasure that can prove overwhelming, especially to men predisposed to addiction.

Benzos can be fatal when used in conjunction with alcohol and opioids. Combined with other drugs, benzos cause a sedative effect that can impair cognitive function. This sedation can also suppress breathing, which is the primary cause of overdose fatality. Benzo detoxification is the first and most important step in protecting your health and potentially saving your life.

Effects on the Brain

When benzos accumulate in the body, they alter the structure and function of brain receptors. As a result, tolerance to benzos can develop after just six months of use, although physical dependence is sooner. The onset of serious addiction is rapid.

Commonly misused prescriptive oral benzodiazepines include:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax, Xanax XR)
  • Clobazam (Onfi)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Clorazepate (Tranxene)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Diazepam (Valium, Diastat Acudial, Diastat)
  • Estazolam (Prosom is a discontinued brand in the U.S.)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Oxazepam (Serax is a discontinued brand in the U.S.)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)

Signs of Benzodiazepine Use

Family members may be the first to recognize signs of addiction, including side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Sedation
  • Impaired memory
  • Loss of balance
  • Appetite changes
  • Reduced libido
  • Fatigue

Medical Benzo Detox is Critical

Because withdrawal from benzos is a difficult process, many people continue to use these drugs. Side effects and withdrawal symptoms can be life-altering, particularly for men who have used the drug for six months or longer.

Benzo detox treatment at Origins Recovery Center begins with medical detox led by licensed physicians, including medical doctors, psychiatrists, and 24-hour nursing staff.

Without medically supervised detox, there is a chance benzodiazepine withdrawal can result in death. At our South Padre Island, Texas facility, we offer a state-of-the-art, safe, and comfortable medical detox that helps to eliminate the severe side effects of benzodiazepine withdrawal.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Seizures
  • Panic attacks
  • Hand tremors
  • Dry heaving
  • Vomiting
  • Palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Stiffness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Sleep problems

Ongoing Care & Treatment

Effective clinical substance-use disorder programming for acute and chronic conditions is key to ongoing stabilization and sobriety. Origins Recovery Center’s inpatient and outpatient programs for men offer fully integrated cognitive therapies, ongoing medical care, wellness activities, and counseling sessions.

In addition, our comfortable facilities create a safe, private space for men ready to begin the important work of recovery.

We offer integrated services and cutting-edge care that enact lasting change for men, including:

  • Medical care
  • Psychiatric care
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Chronic pain management
  • Wellness activities
  • Recreational therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Group therapy
  • Recovery-based support groups
A complete picture of your medical history is incorporated in your treatment plan.

Your individual plan is designed to address issues such as:

  • Malnutrition
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Brain damage
  • Impaired memory
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How Origins Can Help

Sobriety is possible for every man. We are dedicated to helping our patients achieve lifelong, sustainable, and complete recovery from benzodiazepine addiction.

Evidence-based interventions restore mental, physical, and spiritual health to break the cycle of benzodiazepine addiction.

Begin your journey to freedom and fulfillment by calling Origins Recovery Center at 561-841-1019.

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