What are benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines, or ‘benzos’ as they are commonly known, are a type of sedative drug. They are commonly prescribed by medical professionals to treat certain mental health conditions, such as anxiety, panic disorders and insomnia. Benzodiazepines are a central nervous system depressant, and the consequences of overuse or misuse of these drugs can be fatal.
Unfortunately, when taking benzodiazepines for any significant period of time, the risk of developing an addiction or a dependence is high, along with associated withdrawal symptoms. If benzodiazepines are taken continuously for longer than a few months, suddenly stopping can lead to muscle cramps, sweating, vomiting and seizures or tremors. The safest way to stop taking benzos is to follow a medically prescribed tapering regime, to gradually reduce your intake.
Names of commonly used benzos are:
- Diazepam or Valium
The effects of Benzodiazepines
The effects of benzodiazepine use vary from person to person, and depend on factors such as weight, health, how long they have been using the drug and how much of it they take. Side effects include:
- Impaired thinking
- Drowsiness / sleepiness
- Memory loss
- Feeling of calm
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Extreme fatigue
- Slurred speech
What is benzodiazepine addiction?
Benzo addiction occurs when people misuse or overuse prescription medication or purchase it online illegally, and consume the drug in large quantities over an extended period of time. If an individual follows a doctor’s instructions and recommended dosage, an addiction won’t necessarily develop, but many people get used the calming and sedating effects of the drugs, and come to want more and more of them.
Benzo addiction, like to any other drug, is progressive and things tend to get worse over time. The best way to treat the illness is by seeking help through a reputable drug rehabilitation facility, with a strong track record of helping people to recover. Doing so allows trained professionals and therapists to assess the nature and severity of the addiction, and to identify any co-occurring conditions that may also need to be treated during the rehabilitation process. If you are worried about yourself or someone else’s drug use, call us today for more information on benzo addiction and the private rehab treatment options available, on 0800 955 0945.
As with any drug, detoxing from benzodiazepines can be an uncomfortable process. As the body cleanses itself of all traces of drugs or alcohol, it also has to adjust to not having the very thing that made it feel ‘normal’ and that it used to function for so long.
This adjustment process often produces some nasty side effects, both physical and psychological, but you should remember that they won’t last forever. Undergoing detox is a significant step in your recovery journey. Once through the other side, you are free from the physical dependence that held you hostage to your drug of choice, and you can begin the psychological work necessary to recover and prevent future relapses. It is so important to treat the two in tandem: your body developed a physical dependence on the drug, but your mind will experience a psychological withdrawal as well. This is why the various addiction therapies form such a key part of any rehabilitation programme.
For those addicted to benzodiazepines, it can take time to get help. This is because the signs that someone is suffering from an addiction are often harder to spot than, say, alcohol addiction. Sadly, the longer an addiction continues, the more progressive and aggressive it can become. Without professional help, it can become increasingly difficult to remain clean and sober for any significant period of time. Or, the addict becomes in a dangerous cycle of spurts of recovery, followed by continuous relapses. The consequences are severe, and impact on family and friends, employment opportunities and finances, as well as your physical and mental health. Without help, an addiction to benzodiazepines can often lead to developing other, co-occurring addictions, such as to alcohol.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be very dangerous when not monitored by professionals. Tapering, or safely reducing the amount of benzos you take, should be overseen by a medical professional. Otherwise, there is a risk that people who quit benzodiazepines without a structured tapering regime may go into life-threatening seizures, as well as experiencing delirium or seizures.
Throughout the detox and treatment process, our main priority is always to keep clients safe and comfortable. By undergoing detox within our private residential rehab, the chances you will successful complete detox are much higher. By removing yourself from old using environments and acquaintances, there are less triggers to relapse.
Withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, and depend on a range of factors such as the type of drug you were addicted to, the duration and the severity of your addiction, as well as any other underlying physical or mental health conditions you may suffer from. Withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological and symptoms range from mild to severe. Generally, the longer you have been using benzodiazepines the more uncomfortable the detox process will be, but the experience is different for everyone.
What is important to remember is that the withdrawal symptoms won’t last forever, and our dedicated detox team will help you every step of the way.
- Physical Symptoms
- Psychological Symptoms
- Muscle aches
- Racing pulse
- Chills / goosebumps
- Visual disturbances
- Auditory disturbances
- Loss of memory
- Panic attacks
Here at the Providence Projects, we understand how scary addiction to benzodiazepines can be. We want you to know that help is out there and that recovery is possible. Our private rehab clinic has helped thousands of people to recover from all kinds of addictions, and dependences on a whole host of drugs, even the most severe. Even if you feel there is no way out, we promise there is still hope and it is possible to change and to get clean and sober. The first step is often the hardest, but if you are reading this article you are already making positive changes. To acknowledge to yourself and to other people that there is a problem is the first step.
At our residential private rehab and detox clinic, we are proud to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which our clients can get well. Our structured and therapeutic programme for benzodiazepines addiction will help you to begin your new, healthier life. We have a highly qualified team of addiction counsellors and therapists, who between them have more than 100 years of experience of recovery from addiction – so they know exactly what works and what doesn’t. The core components of our Benzodiazepines treatment process include:
Perhaps you’re suffering right now, and feel there is no way out. But it is possible to recover. Our private residential facility is the perfect place to begin your recovery from benzodiazepines addiction. Through a combination of supported and monitored withdrawal from all substances, and comprehensive addiction therapies, our team will help you treat the underlying psychological issues as well as the physical dependence, to give you the best possible chance of long-term recovery.
How long do I need to go to Benzodiazepines rehab for?
The exact amount of time that each individual requires in rehab treatment varies greatly. Generally speaking, the longer someone stays in rehab the greater their chances of success. Any habit takes a while to change, and to develop new, healthy patterns of behaviour.
The programmes offered by residential rehab facilities have different lengths. Generally, more extended stays tend to result in higher rates of success. We initially recommend a minimum stay of 28 days at our detox and rehab clinic, and this is the minimum amount of time necessary to tackle both the physical and psychological elements of the addiction. Residents can complete up to 12 weeks in treatment, followed by up to a further three months in our aftercare programme. Both programmes are tailored to the needs and circumstances of the individual – what works for one addict won’t necessarily work for another.
To find out more about our Benzodiazepine detox and rehab programmes, as well as our other treatment options, call our admissions team today on 0800 955 0945. Alternatively, fill out this quick and easy contact form and one of our team will call you straight back.