Benzo Addiction Treatment at Adelante Recovery Center
Benzodiazepines or “benzos” are a type of medication known as tranquilizers. Valium and Xanax are two familiar brand names. Benzodiazepines produce a sedating effect by acting on the central nervous system. Doctors prescribe these drugs for a variety of reasons, including to treat:
- Panic disorder
- Alcohol withdrawal
Benzodiazepines are also prescribed as muscle relaxers and are sometimes given to patients before surgery or uncomfortable procedures.
Benzodiazepine abuse is common, and there’s a strong link between benzo and opioid use. More than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
If you or a loved one is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction or dependency, recovery is possible with the right help.
Benzodiazepine Addiction vs. Dependency
You can become addicted to benzodiazepines without becoming physically dependent on them, or vice versa.
Addiction means you feel a compulsive urge to use the drug, even when it causes problems in your life. Dependency means you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug.
Here are some of the signs of benzodiazepine addiction and benzodiazepine dependency, side by side for comparison. Some of these symptoms may overlap.
|Addiction Symptoms||Dependency Symptoms|
|Compulsive urge to use the drug||Anxiety|
|Continuing to use despite negative consequences||Diarrhea/stomach upset|
|Seeking the drug from more than one doctor (“doctor shopping”)||Insomnia|
|Relationship problems||Muscle cramps|
|Problems at work or at home||Headaches|
|Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed||Decreased concentration|
|Spending more time using the drug or using it for longer than you intended||Rapid breathing|
|Legal issues because of drug use||Tremors/Seizures|
If you are struggling with benzodiazepine addiction or you experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop taking the drug, it’s important to get help from a licensed addiction treatment center.
People who stop taking benzodiazepines suddenly can experience severe withdrawal symptoms and even seizures. The safest way to detox from benzodiazepines is under the supervision of trained medical personnel at a licensed rehabilitation facility.
How Adelante Recovery Center Can Help
Adelante Recovery Center offers comprehensive addiction treatment for people struggling with benzodiazepine addiction. We also provide dual diagnosis programs for clients who have co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Our team uses the latest, evidence-based treatments and therapeutic approaches to treat benzodiazepine addiction. Our medical doctor and trained addiction counselor work together to create tailored treatment plans for each client.
Detoxing from benzodiazepines is the first step in the treatment process. Our staff provides round-the-clock care and does everything possible to keep clients comfortable during benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment.
After detox clients move into our residential inpatient program. Our staff thoughtfully balances individual counseling and group therapy sessions with socialization and restorative activities like yoga, hiking, and beach walks.
Our luxury treatment center in Corona del Mar is the ideal settings for healing and recovery. Our Southern California centers are conveniently located for clients who live in Orange County and Los Angeles. Each center features luxury amenities and beautiful grounds.