Massachusetts Benzodiazepine Detox Program
What is a Benzodiazepine?
Benzodiazepines are a prescription medication family that is used to treat anxiety disorders. There are many types of benzodiazepines, with four being the most common: Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), and Klonopin (clonazepam). Each of these benzodiazepines works to increase the inhibitory effects of the neurotransmitter GABA, which causes people to feel calm and relaxed.
GABA’s function is to reduce the activity of the neurotransmitters to which it binds. The neurotransmitters that are responsible for causing anxiety or nervousness include norepinephrine and adrenaline. The purpose of a benzodiazepine is to reduce the activity of these excitatory neurons.
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Why Would You Be Given Benzo?
A medical doctor or psychiatrist must prescribe benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are also prescribed for muscle spasms, to sedate a person before surgery or after trauma, to reduce insomnia, managing seizure conditions, and they are effective in suppressing alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Still, most benzodiazepine prescriptions are indicated for anxiety disorders. Benzodiazepines can also be bought the street or online illegally. The underground reference to Benzodiazepines is called ‘Benzos.’ The DEA schedules benzodiazepines as a schedule IV narcotic, and someone can be charged with a felony if they are caught with any type of benzodiazepine without a legitimate prescription.
According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, benzodiazepines are frequently abused. NIDA surveyed 5.2 Million adults who misused benzodiazepines, and the reason most be abuse benzodiazepines is to relax at 46.3 %. NIDA also learned that most people taking benzodiazepines are getting them from friends or family members.
According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction:
Among past-year benzodiazepine misusers, 46.3% reported that the motivation for their most recent misuse was to relax or relieve tension, followed by helping with sleep (22.4%). About 5.7% reported “experimentation” as their main motivation for misuse, and 11.8% reported using them to “get high” or because of being “hooked.” The data also showed that most misusers obtained benzodiazepines from friends or relatives, with only about 20% receiving them from their doctor. (NIDA)
Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction
When a person is misusing a prescription medication such as benzodiazepines, these individuals first rely on their doctor to keep them supplied. Since addiction causes a person always to take more than what a doctor would reasonably prescribe for them, they run out and need more. What this will eventually turn into is what is known as doctor shopping.
Doctor shopping frequently occurs with benzodiazepine addiction. A person will see numerous doctors obtain prescriptions for more benzodiazepines. Lying to doctors about their symptoms or heading to the emergency room to get a prescription is not uncommon. Although there are prescription drug motioning systems in all fifty states, people who are addicted to benzodiazepines still find doctors who will prescribe them a benzo.
Other signs that a person is addicted to Benzodiazepines will include:
The most significant sign that someone is addicted to benzodiazepines is the presence of withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepines withdrawal can be life-threatening, and it is never recommended that any person attempt to detox from benzodiazepines without medical supervision.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
Benzodiazepine detox symptoms, unfortunately, mirror the exact symptoms that a person wants to relieve themselves of by taking a benzodiazepine. They will feel nervous and frightened and be overly alert. Benzodiazepines can cause a person to have panic attacks and seizures that could result in coma or death. The prevalence of seizures occurring in benzodiazepine addiction is critical. Abruptly stopping someone who is addicted to Benzodiazepines is dangerous. Therefore, the protocols that are in place require that when someone is addicted to benzodiazepines that they are tapered off the most potent dose, they were using. Symptoms of withdrawal are both physical and psychological. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms usually start as early as 6 hours or 12 to 24 hours from the last use.
The severity of withdrawal symptoms will be relative to the addiction length and amount they were using. If a person has been addicted to Xanax or another Benzodiazepine for three or more years, their symptoms will be worse versus some who have only been abusing them for months. The withdrawal symptoms include:
Benzodiazepine Detox Program
Evoke Wellness Massachusetts benzodiazepine detox prescribes medications to help a person safely and easily detox. Our medically managed benzodiazepine detox program utilizes a taper regimen in the detox, which is standard practice for benzodiazepine addiction. Once someone is admitted into our benzodiazepine detox center, they are immediately assessed by our medical doctors who specialize in benzodiazepine detox and addiction. Depending on how much they were using their taper will begin with that dose and be reduced slowly. The amount of time it takes for a person to overcome the benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms ranges from 3 to 5 days and up to two or more weeks.
Our detox programs allow clients to rest and sleep until they are feeling physically stronger. Once they are through the worst of their detox symptoms, they are encouraged to participate in one on one counseling, small group counseling and meet with an addiction counselor. Although detox is not treatment, we begin the treatment process for all persons in detox. Each client will be assessed, and an individualized treatment plan will be created for them. An individualized treatment plan maps out what therapy methods and treatment strategies will best target their unique addiction histories and influencers that caused them to become addicted to benzodiazepines.
To learn how to get admitted to our Massachusetts benzodiazepine detox centers, please reach out to one of our detox specialists. They will work to have you or your loved one admitted to a detox program within 24 hours or less. It is urgent that when a person asks for help to get clean from benzodiazepines that they are admitted into a medically managed benzodiazepine detox center quickly. All too often, a person will give up once they start to feel withdrawal symptoms and return to their addiction.