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Benzos, short for benzodiazepines, are psychoactive medications that are prescribed to people struggling with anxiety, sleep disorders, or even physical conditions such as people who have convulsions brought on by cerebral palsy. There are more than a dozen different kinds of benzos that are used for many purposes. When benzos are taken, it slows down a person’s brain activity and the body’s nerve impulses. This results inpiles of benzodiazepines or benzos make people think about benzos and benzo addiction drowsiness, uncoordinated movements, and slowed reaction times. Even though many benzos are the same, the key differences between the variations of the drug are their dosage, absorption rate, and abuse potential. There are long-acting benzos such as Valium or Librium and short-acting benzos such as Xanax or Ativan. One aspect about benzos is that addiction can occur when people misuse their prescription by taking more than they are prescribed or taking the medication for long periods of time, they can become physically addicted to the drug. Substance use disorder, formerly called addiction, is caused by a number of different factors. It is a mental illness, not a moral failing. Benzos are incredibly habit-forming sedatives. People may become addicted to the feeling of relaxation. As tolerance to the drug builds, they attempt to emulate that initial high, needing more and more of the drug. Since 2016 benzo prescriptions have tripled, which may also contribute to an uptick in benzo addiction.

However, help is available for those ready to make a change. At TruHealing Centers, we provide comprehensive benzo addiction treatment that can get you on the road to recovery. Learn more about how we can help you overcome benzo addiction today by calling 833.631.0525 or completing our online form.

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FAQ

What are benzos?

Benzos, short for benzodiazepines, are psychoactive medications that are prescribe to people struggling with anxiety. There are more than a dozen different kinds of benzos that are all used for their own purpose. When a benzo is taken, it slows down a person’s brain activity and the body’s nerve impulses. This results in drowsiness, uncoordinated movements, and slowed reaction times. There are long-acting benzos such as Valium or Librium and short-acting benzos such as Xanax or Ativan.

Is my loved one using benzos?

Since 2016 benzo prescriptions have tripled, which may also contribute to an uptick in benzo addiction. Some signs of benzo misuse are: • Slurred speech • Shallow breathing • Slower reflexes If you think a loved one may be misusing benzos it is important to reach out to a recovery specialist. Benzo withdrawal can include dangerous seizures, specific medical detox protocol is necessary.

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Signs of Misuse

  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slower reflexes
  • Blurry vision
  • Fainting
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Missing work/loss of job
  • Irritability
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Memory Loss
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • sweating, body aches, like the flu
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Intense abdominal pain

Days 1 – 3: Some people can feel withdrawal symptoms within as little as six hours without the drug, this may include trouble sleeping, nausea, and vomiting. Days 4 – 7: The worst has passed at this point; however, you may still have feelings of exhaustion. Days 8 – 14: Usually this is when your anxiety and irritability are heightened, some may experience insomnia.

I'm Addicted to Benzos. Now What?

The best way to treat a benzo addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to benzos learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to benzos. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Since seizures are a side effect of benzo withdrawal it is best to detox under medical supervision, where addiction professionals have established safety protocols and properly use techniques and medications to lessen the severe side effects of withdrawal. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

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Step 1

The first step is reaching out to our TruHealing Centers team by calling 833.631.0525 or completing our online form. Our team is ready to answer any question you may have about our programs. Then, we will guide you through the admissions process.

Step 2

Once you’ve enrolled with us, our team of experts will perform a thorough assessment of your mental and physical health. We then use this information to create a personalized treatment plan that fits your recovery needs.

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Step 3

The final step is where you immerse yourself in your addiction treatment program and therapy sessions. This is when the healing and recovery begins.

Knowledge Bank

Our TruHealing Centers provide extensive detox services, including our drug detox program. Our team is highly qualified and can administer medication to help you overcome potentially painful withdrawal symptoms. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure your safety and comfort during detox.

Don’t worry, our TruHealing Centers team will work with you to determine which of our therapy programs would be best for your recovery process. Our range of addiction therapy programs provides the precise level of care that is right for each person in our addiction treatment programs.

If you’re even asking this question, chances are that you would benefit from our drug addiction treatment program, which includes treatment for benzo addiction. Reach out to our TruHealing Centers team today for more information by calling 833.631.0525 or filling out our online form.