Benzo Addiction Treatment

A Waking Nightmare: The Growing Need for Benzo Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepine (benzo) addiction treatment has become an urgent public health need. Benzos are medications used to treat anxiety, certain types of sleep disorder and, in some cases, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, but they’re also very addictive. Some of the most common brand names of benzos include Xanax®, Valium® and Klonopin®. While the world focuses on the opioid epidemic, more and more people are dying from benzos each year.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that benzos were involved in 11,537 overdose deaths in 2017. If you’re one of the thousands of people who are currently struggling with benzo use disorder, Recovery Unplugged offers benzo addiction treatment centers throughout the country to help you get your life back on track. Call us today at 1 (855) 384-5794 to stop the nightmare of benzo addiction.

What Does Benzo Addiction Do to the Brain?

Benzos affect the brain in ways similar to opioids, cannabinoids, and the club drug gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB). Addiction and dependency are caused by strong surges of dopamine when users take the drug. Research from the NIDA indicates that benzodiazepines weaken the influence of a group of cells, called inhibitory interneurons, in the brain’s ventral tegmental area (VTA).

These cells prevent the excessive flow of dopamine. When they’re weakened or inhibited, it leads to increased surges that, in turn, cause cravings and subsequent dependency. This dependency can very quickly lead to crippling physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, including but not limited to:

• Anxiety
• Insomnia
• Irritability
• Restlessness
• Hand tremors
• Muscle spasms
• Headache
• Sweating
• Racing pulse
• Hyperventilation
• Nausea or vomiting
• Aches and pains
• Panic attacks
• Hypersensitivity to Touch
• Abnormal Physical Sensations
• Depression

These withdrawal symptoms are precisely why it’s important that benzos are taken under the close supervision of a physician. The medical community recommends that benzos be taken for no longer than two weeks at a time. Estimates suggest that 10 to 25 percent of chronic benzo users experience what’s known as protracted withdrawal.

Benzo Addiction Withdrawal Period

The timeline for benzo withdrawal is typically divided into three stages: immediate, acute and protracted. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) reports that withdrawal symptoms from short-acting benzos dissipate within three to five days; however, some can experience protracted withdrawal two to three weeks. The exact scope and duration of withdrawal treatment will vary based on how long and much the person was using. Symptoms are generally the worst during the acute period of benzo withdrawal. For individuals in need of benzo addiction treatment, the withdrawal process is best handled through medically supervised benzo detox. Those who have not yet developed full-blown dependency should still consult their addiction so they can start tapering off at appropriate intervals.

Recovery Unplugged offers compassionate, sensitive and expert medically supervised detox as part of our benzo addiction treatment program. We understand how difficult the benzo withdrawal process can be, and we’re here to help you safely and comfortably purge the toxins from your body that have built up from benzo abuse.

Benzo Addiction Statistics You Need to Know

  • Between 1996 and 2013, the number of adults who filled a benzodiazepine prescription increased by 67%, from 8.1 million to 13.5 million.
  • The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015.
  • The number of overdose deaths involving “benzos” rose from 0.54 per 100,000 in 1999 to 5.02 per 100,000 in 2017 among women aged 30 to 64, an increase of 830 percent.
  • 12.5% of adults in the U.S. used benzodiazepines, which extrapolates to about 30.5 million persons.

These incredibly high rates or prescription from the medical community have come under increased scrutiny, and more and more people are blaming them for the uptick in overdose deaths.

Do I Need Benzo Addiction Treatment?

The above prescription clearly illustrate that benzo addiction has the power to affect anyone. While it can be hard to detect benzo addiction in a loved one, here are some physical and behavioral symptoms of which to be mindful:

  • Getting Upset or Irritated when Confronted about their Use

  • Taking Pills beyond the Two Weeks Recommended by Doctors

  • Physical and Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Lying about their Drug Use

  • Doctor-Shopping for Drugs

  • Neglecting Important Areas of their Lives

  • Decline in Lifestyle (Family, Work, School, Etc.)

  • High-Risk Behavior (Incarceration, Legal Issues)

If you or your loved one are experiencing these or any other indicators, it’s important to seek benzo treatment immediately.

Another Way: Using Music to Manage Anxiety

Many who suffer from anxiety turn to benzos without considering other lifestyle-based alternatives. While more severe cases of anxiety may very well require prescription intervention, the reality is there are multiple holistic resources that can even alleviate mild to moderate levels of the condition…especially music.

Active and passive engagement with music has been proven to alleviate social anxiety disorder and other types of anxiety. Multiple sources, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, report the power of music in treating anxiety. This is done through activities such as passive listening and appreciation, songwriting and performance, active listening and lyrical analysis and various other techniques.

  • Data from Brandeis University and collaborators indicates that listening to music has stress-reducing effects.
  • A comprehensive study international study in 2017 reinforced music’s ability to help manage severe depression.
  • The American Psychological Association has reported extensively on music’s power to reduce stress, treat anxiety and even treat pain.
  • Recent data indicates that music can reduce anxiety by as much as 65 percent.

There are countless other statistics that support music’s ability to treat anxiety; however, you already know how music makes you feel when you’re lost in it.

Treating Co-Occurring Addiction and Anxiety with Music

While other benzo addition treatment centers may peripherally include music therapy into their rehab model, Recovery Unplugged is the only addiction treatment organization to fully integrate music into our treatment programs. Many of our clients come to us with co-occurring benzo addiction and anxiety, and we are committed to helping them treat both issues simultaneously. In addition to offering music-assisted benzo addiction treatment, we are committed to helping clients safely, effectively and naturally overcome the anxiety that led to benzo abuse in the first place. Our goal is to treat the individual, not just a collection of symptoms and issues.

Benzo Addiction Treatment at Recovery Unplugged

You don’t have to keep going on a course of benzo abuse, withdrawal and relapse. Clients at Recovery Unplugged are provided with a safe, private and supportive treatment experience to help them overcome benzo addiction for good. Our treatment programs are designed to address every aspect of benzo addiction, including:

  • Detox – Medically supervised detox and withdrawal management from experienced doctors and nurses. The benzo withdrawal period and can be a sickening and painful experience. People who try to detox on their own usually end up relapsing and starting the destructive cycle of abuse and withdrawal all over again. If overcoming physical dependency on benzos was easy, nobody would ever be addicted. Professional detox gives you or your loved one a fighting chance at rebalancing your brain’s chemistry, and overcoming benzo addiction once and for all.
  • Counseling and Behavioral Rehab – Targeted and in-depth group therapy and individual counseling to help address the root causes of addiction. Each client explores their own story of substance use, and the factors in their lives that caused them to start using benzos in the first place. We examine the origins of clients’ anxiety through evidence-based treatment models, like cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as music-focused therapy techniques.
  • Aftercare – Once a client comes to Recovery Unplugged for treatment, they are forever part of our family. Addiction to benzos and other prescriptions is different from any other type of illicit drug, because they’re much more common in everyday life. Our aftercare plans include behavioral tips to avoid relapse in high-pressure situations. We also offer referral information for addiction-trained therapists in clients’ are to help them build on the progress they made in treatment.
  • Alumni Support – We also offer a robust and ever-growing alumni network to help our clients exchange support in recovery. Our alumni team hosts regular parties, outings and social events. We strive to help our clients maintain connection with one another, as well as our team, so they have a support system during their long-term recovery, including the good times and the bad.

Start Your Recovery from Benzo Addiction Now

Recovery Unplugged is ready to help you put benzo addiction behind you for good. No more sleepless nights, no more constant anxiety, no more watching the clock between doses, and wondering where your next dose is going to come from. You’re not a bad, defective or flawed person for needing benzo addiction treatment. Don’t let the fear of stigma and judgment stop you from getting the help you need. Recovery Unplugged offers locations all over the country to help you or your loved one take your life back from these drugs. Call us today at 1 (855) 384-5794 to start your recovery journey.

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