Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment in Florida
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Benzodiazepines (BZDs or “benzos”) have plenty of legitimate medical uses, but they can also be deeply addictive. While the drugs are effective in treating anxiety and other conditions, they also create a hypnotic sedative effect that many people seek out time and time again. When this drug-seeking behavior becomes compulsive and starts interfering with someone’s everyday life, it is referred to as addiction or substance use disorder.
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How Do Benzos Work?
Typically referred to as benzos or by their brand names (Valium, Xanax, etc.), benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs made from the chemicals benzene and diazepine. Benzos work by enhancing the effects of the GABA-A neurotransmitter in your brain, thus producing a sedative effect.
This effect can be helpful in treating conditions like anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, and even seizures, but when people seek this feeling outside of their treatment, drug abuse and addiction can occur.
Behaviors that increase the risk of benzodiazepine addiction include:
- Long-term use of benzos (beyond 4 weeks)
- High doses of benzodiazepines
- Using benzos with barbiturates or alcohol
- Suffering from anxiety or other mental health conditions
If you find yourself taking more and more benzos or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop, you may be suffering from benzodiazepine addiction. Call Tranquil Shores for treatment.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Addiction?
Over time, your body and mind can become dependent on benzodiazepines. This means you may need the medication to function. Dependence often leads to addiction, but not everyone with a benzodiazepine dependency develops a benzodiazepine addiction.
The signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine addictioninclude:
- Failure or inability to cut back or quit using benzos
- Feeling unable to function without benzos
- Needing larger doses to feel the effects of benzos
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop using benzos
Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, depression, hypersensitivity, depersonalization, physical tremors, sleep disturbances, and rarely, psychosis and convulsions. Some people who struggle with benzodiazepine addiction also self-harm and think about or attempt suicide.
Many times, friends and family members notice a benzo problem before the person struggling does. If you’re worried about someone you love, look out for:
- Relationship problems
- Legal issues
- Multiple prescriptions
- Decreased productivity and motivation
- Unfulfilled responsibilities
- Continued drug use despite negative consequences
Are you or someone you care for struggling with benzodiazepine addiction? Our team can help. Click here for more information about admissions.
How to Get Help
Addiction is a disease, and it can be managed with the appropriate treatment. Most benzodiazepine addiction treatments begin with detox. When you detox at Tranquil Shores, our team of clinical experts helps you get benzos out of your system slowly and safely while mitigating withdrawal symptoms.
Afterward, we focus on your holistic wellbeing and help you get to the bottom of your substance use disorder. Once we’ve addressed all aspects of your physical and mental health, we will teach you the skills and strategies you need to maintain sobriety and help you transition back to everyday life.
Why Now? Why Tranquil Shores?
Left untreated, benzodiazepine addiction can be fatal. Signs of benzodiazepine overdose include shallow respiration, clammy skin, dilated pupils, weak and rapid pulse, and coma. Benzodiazepines are especially dangerous when used with alcohol or opioids. If you or someone you love is addicted to benzodiazepines, don’t wait to see how their addiction plays out; treatment could be the difference between life and death.
Instead of waiting, call Tranquil Shores today. Our private, 24-bed facility is located in Florida, right next to the beach, and our small barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico provides a safe, calm, and peaceful place for recovery. Our compassionate staff will help you through the hardest parts of addiction treatment, and our 3 to 1 client to counselor ratio ensures you get the personalized attention you need and deserve.
We focus on helping you succeed as a whole person, and we build your treatment plan around your unique needs. We will use the strategies that work for you, so you can maintain lifelong sobriety.
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