Benzo Detox to End the Physical Dependence
Benzodiazepines are a family of prescription drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Continued use of benzodiazepines can result in a condition known as benzodiazepine dependence, in which the body becomes physically dependent on the drugs. To safely end physical dependence to benzodiazepines, medical detoxification is recommended. By enrolling in the detoxification program at Serenity Care Centers, you or your loved one will receive the best care possible and a safe, comfortable detox.
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What is Used to Taper Patients off Benzos
The tapering process must not be sudden; it should be slow and gradual, undertaken over a planned period. Tapering allows the reduction of withdrawal symptoms at a comfortable, safe pace. It lets the doctor control how quickly to progress.
One option involves a linear taper, which steadily reduces the amount of benzodiazepine. The other option is a substitution taper, in which the patient moves from using a short-acting benzodiazepine, like Xanax, to using a longer-acting benzodiazepine, like diazepam. This replacement continues until the patient is stable and can taper down to complete cessation.
Why Home Benzodiazepine Detoxification can be Lethal
Benzodiazepine detoxification is one of the most deadly detoxifications because it is associated with severe symptoms, such as seizures, suicidal thoughts, or even death. Seizures affect as many as 30% of people undergoing withdrawal on their own. Dependence on alcohol, drugs, or other sedatives increases benzodiazepine dependence and worsens withdrawal symptoms. At Serenity Care Center, we ensure that every patient leaves our facility completely free from substance dependence.
Because people who take benzodiazepines along with other drugs face serious risks, especially when detoxing, a medically supervised detox is most recommended for staying safe and healthy and for reducing the discomfort of withdrawal. At our detox facility, patients are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an experienced medical team. If any withdrawal symptoms surface, our physicians and nurses will administer the necessary medications to ensure that the patient remains safe and comfortable
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Shorter-acting benzodiazepines include Xanax, Ativan, and Halcion, and longer-acting benzos include Valium, Klonopin, and Librium. In people who have used benzodiazepines for a long time, it is not uncommon to see hostility, amnesia, upsetting dreams, irritability, and impaired cognitive ability.
Many people use benzodiazepines to treat short-term stress, while others use them for chronic anxiety disorders. However, some of these people can develop an addiction to these drugs.
Medical detoxification involves tapering down the amount of drugs taken by reducing doses or switching to another type of benzodiazepine, eventually leading to complete cessation of use.
Potential Withdrawal Symptoms
What are Benzodiazepines Prescribed for
Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs classified as depressants, and they are usually given to reduce symptoms and not to treat actual disorders. Usually, benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, agitation, or shock. Since benzodiazepines are usually used to treat symptoms rather than the deeper underlying cause, patients often find themselves developing a co-occurring disorder in which they face not only drug addiction but also an accompanying mental disorder. Therefore, we have psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and therapists available at all times to address these specific cases and help keep patients safe and comfortable. Our team will formulate a treatment program to meet your or your loved one’s specific needs, which will set a course for long-term recovery.