What are benzodiazepines (benzos)?

Benzodiazepines, many times referred to as “benzos,” are a class of drug that work as a sedative on a person’s body and brain. The drug works by enhancing the amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) the brain produces. A benzo will also limit the normal interaction of chemicals from the brain and a person’s nerves. Benzodiazepines are prescribed for people to treat several conditions including; seizure, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression, and sleep disorders. Unfortunately, many times benzos are prescribed incorrectly or a patient is kept on them for too long a period and becomes dependent and or addicted. For many people, the effect of benzodiazepines is very similar to alcohol. This is why it is many times referred to as “alcohol in a pill.” Benzodiazepines are a powerful sedative and someone trying to stop using them should seek medical attention to avoid serious injury or death.

What drugs are considered benzos?

There are a number of drugs that are classed as benzodiazepines. Depending on the type of benzo used, the strength and time of release of the drug will differ. The following is a list of some commonly prescribed benzodiazepines.

  • Diazapam (Valium)
  • Oxazepam (Serax)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)
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A Multifaceted Approach to Residential Addiction Treatment for Men

To improve your chance of recovery, our men’s rehab program focuses on three major factors of treatment: your mind, body, and spirit. As one or more of these areas become unbalanced, they can directly contribute directly to your substance use disorder.

All of our providers are experts in their field and utilize specialized treatment programs for each individual. By developing an individualized approach for each of our guests, we can successfully break old habits and work to promote new and healthy ones.

Mind

Substance use disorder starts in the mind. Daily services are provided to guests in the men’s rehab program to help restore proper cognitive thinking and processing. Healing is fostered by experienced clinicians through group therapy and individual therapy sessions using the latest advances in research in the mental health field.

The professionals at Serenity Springs realize that drinking and illicit drug use is only a symptom of mental health disorders and not the root cause. The goal is to have guests leave the program with an understanding of their disease and mental clarity that they could have never imagined before beginning substance abuse treatment.

Body

Drug and alcohol abuse destroys the body. Serenity Springs’ treatment options help heal the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and supplementation. Those who enter the men’s rehab program begin healing on day one of treatment.

Delicious meals are designed by a nutritionist and prepared by a professional chef. Additionally, guests at our Florida rehab center will have access to healthy snacks 24 hours a day. guests leave Serenity Springs with their bodies feeling completely rejuvenated.

Spirit

Our treatment program focuses on healing broken spirits and is one of the best male rehabilitation centers in Florida. Beginning with daily meditation, guests work every day, both individually and in support groups on reducing selfishness, gaining discipline, and changing their perspective on life.

Guests work through the 12-steps with experienced staff members who have recovered from addiction themselves by going through the same process. By being given the framework to produce a vital spiritual experience, guests leave our substance abuse treatment program with newfound freedom and happiness they never thought possible.

What are the negative short-term and long-term effects of abusing benzos?

There are many short-term side effects that an individual can experience soon after taking a benzo, whether they take the drug one time or begin using the drug routinely. One of these negative side effects is loss of memory. People who use benzos, especially those who abuse the drug, are prone to lapses in memory. Many times they have difficulty having short term memories transfer to long term memories. In extreme cases, an individual abusing benzos can find it impossible to remember events that took place over the course of days, weeks, or even months. Another possible side effect of the drug is extreme drowsiness and fatigue. In rare cases benzo abuse can cause a person to be irritable and aggressive. Someone can die from the use of benzodiazepines through overdose or by combining the benzos with alcohol or other drugs that produce sedation.

One of the most detrimental negative long-term effects of benzodiazepine abuse is physical dependence. In fact, a person does not necessarily have to be “abusing” benzos in order to experience issues from long-term use of the drug. Long-term benzo use can have an adverse effect on cognitive and mental function.

What are the warning signs of someone abusing benzos?

  • Forgetting periods of time (blacking out).
  • Lack of interest in positive things.
  • Always feeling tired and never seeming to get enough sleep.
  • General lack of interest in things that used to be enjoyed.
  • An inability to control the amount of benzos taken.
  • Having to refill prescriptions before it is time.

What are some signs and symptoms of benzo withdrawal?

  • Tremors
  • Muscle cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures and death (in extreme cases)
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Increased aggravation
  • Insomnia

How long does benzo withdrawal last?

The length of time that someone will experience benzo withdrawal depends on the type of benzo, amount of time using the benzo, and the amount of benzos used. Other drugs that may have been used along with the benzodiazepines can also affect the amount of time it takes someone to recover from benzo withdrawal. Generally speaking, someone who is detoxing from benzos will have a longer detox process then someone detoxing from other drugs. Usually the detox process lasts 7-10 days but can last longer for someone who is experiencing using benzos for a long period of time.

Can someone recover from benzo addiction?

Anyone can experience recovery from benzodiazepine addiction if they receive the correct treatment. Someone who is experiencing benzodiazepine addiction needs to seek medical attention. A combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and an intensive 12-step experience is the best known way for someone with benzodiazepine addiction to achieve long-term abstinence from the drug. As with any addiction, many of the issues the patient experiences occur when the drug is no longer being used and the individual needs to live their life sober.

References


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  2. “Psychiatric News.” pschnews.psychiatryonline.org. Accessed 9 Dec 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Going to rehab can seem daunting for many people, especially when the realization of your addiction unveils itself. Although this can seem like a complicated process, we’ve put together a few common questions and answers to help ease your mind and prepare you for the road ahead.

Rehabilitation is not just a place where you fight your addiction. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our men’s rehab center is designed to help you fight your addiction once and for all while healing your body, mind, and spirit.

Fighting your addiction alone can be isolating and more challenging. However, along the journey, we help provide you with services that will help you rebuild your body, mind, and spirit for ultimate success. When you have a strong support system such as the one that we offer in our men’s residential facility, you are better able to lead a sober lifestyle.

Many people often ask, “how can I prepare for rehabilitation?” Knowing what to expect when you enter into our programs can better help you begin your journey to recovery on the right foot. Although it can be overwhelming to enter a new chapter in your life, ultimately, it is for the best, and we are here to support you through it.

Before entering into our treatment programs, our admission coordinators will give you an over-the-phone evaluation. During this call, you’ll be able to get answers to any questions or concerns that you may have. You will also be given a detailed outline of your individualized treatment plan, which is created based on your evaluation. This process helps to make you aware of what will be taking place throughout the program. It’s also a great time to ask any unanswered questions regarding our policies and overall recovery process.

The main concern for many people when entering into our men’s rehab center is how long the program is. It can create more anxiety when you are faced with the reality that you will be away from family, friends, work, and other responsibilities for an extended period. Our residential gender-specific men’s in-patient program is designed to help you fully immerse yourself in the recovery journey. This program can last anywhere from 30-90 days.

While the average alcohol rehab program can take anywhere from a month to a year – or even longer in some cases – it’s crucial to know what factors determine the length of your stay. A phone evaluation will help our staff members gain more information about the severity of your addiction. This will help us create an individualized treatment plan and course of action that will best suit your needs throughout the program.

Fighting your addiction involves more than a therapy session and discussing past trauma. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, we believe in treating our guests as a whole to help heal the mind, body, and spirit for optimal recovery. This holistic approach to treatment utilizes many different techniques to help you throughout the journey to healing and life beyond our programs. Some of our daily services include:

  • Psychiatric care
  • Yoga
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family services
  • One on one therapy

There are a plethora of rehabilitation centers across the United States. Each one offers a variety of programs for different needs. However, numerous underlying issues within the addiction rehabilitation industry have been causing all kinds of problems for guests and their families, including poor quality treatment and high relapse rates.

At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our approach to treating your addiction involves healing all aspects of your mind, body, and spirit. We offer industry-leading addiction and clinical interventions, including psychiatric care, health and wellness services, and many more tailored options to your recovery process.

We pride ourselves on being able to create individualized treatment plans specific to your needs and goals. Our high staff-to-client ratio allows us to provide an individualized, compassionate focus to ensure that all our guests are getting what they need at all times.