Benzo Addiction Treatment

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Benzodiazepines like Xanax are prescribed commonly in the U.S. They are also highly addictive substances. Overcoming benzo addiction begins with finding a substance use disorder treatment that provides the care and compassion you deserve. Call Sanford Behavioral Health at 616.202.3326 today for information about our benzo addiction treatment program.

What Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of drugs that impact the central nervous system. They act on the gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A) receptors within the brain and make the nerves in the brain less reactive to certain forms of stimulation.

They are frequently prescribed for anxiety and panic disorder and to treat seizure disorders. In addition to the well-known Xanax, there are many brand-name benzos currently available by prescription, including:

  • Valium
  • Ativan
  • Klonopin
  • Restoril
  • Halcion
  • Doral
  • Zetran

Benzos are also sold illegally as street drugs. Purchasing benzos illegally puts individuals at an even greater risk of addiction and overdose because they may contain dangerous additives, such as fentanyl.

What to Expect from a Benzo Addiction Program

The decision to get help for an addiction is both exciting and frightening. The idea of a life free from the chains of addiction is exhilarating for most people, but concerns about the actual treatment process and worries about changing your life can be daunting.

Knowing what to expect can make the process more manageable if you or someone you care about is considering entering a benzo addiction rehab program. A high-quality benzo abuse program like Sanford Behavioral Health offers begins with a medically monitored detox.

Detoxing from benzos can cause severe discomfort. Life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, such as cardiac arrest, depressed respiration, seizure, and suicidal thoughts, are rare but possible.

Medically monitored detox provides detox patients with the medical care they need to remain safe and as comfortable as possible while their body goes through the stressful process of withdrawal.

It also benefits patients by helping them stabilize more quickly. The sooner patients begin to feel better, the sooner they can fully participate in the therapies to help them resist relapse urges and maintain long-term sobriety.

Benzo Abuse Program Options

Exactly what a person’s treatment experience is like depends on several factors, including the type of benzo addiction rehab program they enter. Options include:

  • Residential treatment (24-hour supervision)
  • Partial hospitalization (day program)
  • Intensive outpatient (extended day program)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

Each of these program options includes traditional therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, and stress management, as well as mind-body and lifestyle programs.

Residential treatment is typically recommended for patients who have experienced one or more relapses in the past and those with severe or prolonged addiction issues or co-occurring disorders.

Partial hospitalization is sometimes used as a step-down program for patients who have completed residential benzo addiction treatment and need continuing medical support.

Both partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs offer the flexibility that allows patients to continue working or meet childcare responsibilities while still participating in an effective benzo addiction rehab program.

Aftercare and alumni programs are also available to offer ongoing support after patients have successfully completed a benzo abuse program.

Find a Benzo Addiction Rehab Program at Sanford Behavioral Health

Whether a person has become addicted to medications prescribed to them or drugs they bought illegally, the consequences of addiction are the same. At Sanford Behavioral Health, we understand how difficult it is to deal with the effects of drug and alcohol addiction.

We offer science-based treatments in a comfortable, welcoming setting from qualified and compassionate team members. If you’d like to learn more about our benzo addiction treatment programs, contact Sanford Behavioral Health today at 616.202.3326.

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