Benzodiazepines are a family of prescription drugs that are highly beneficial when used in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. They include popularly used medications such as Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. Although they are meant for legal use and have helped many, benzos are also used illegally by people who simply want to experience the effects of a drug when there is no medical reason for its use. People who use these drugs for either legal or illegal purposes can develop a dependence on or addiction to them that can make it extremely difficult to stop. One of the reasons why one can find it difficult to quit taking these drugs is because of the symptoms that occur when they attempt to stop suddenly. These are benzo withdrawal symptoms, and they must be overcome before one can work toward addiction recovery or rehabilitation at a facility such as True Recovery. Withdrawal from benzos can be intense and must be managed properly to ensure that one is successful in their efforts to stop taking the drug in question.
When a person suddenly stops taking a benzo that they’ve become addicted to or developed a dependency on, their body will need to adjust to being without the drug. As a result, the individual goes into benzodiazepine withdrawal. Symptoms’ onset and severity will vary depending on several factors, such as the type of benzo used. People who have a history of taking high doses, who frequently abuse the drug, and who have been using it for an extended length of time may experience more severe symptoms. The symptoms of withdrawal from benzodiazepines are also be affected by how a person takes them and whether they are also taking other medications or drugs. Another factor that will affect one’s withdrawal from benzos is a history or the current presence of mental illness.
The symptoms of withdrawal from benzodiazepines will start from a few hours to a few days after the final dose is taken. Often, the first symptoms are the very problems or symptoms that the drug was taken to suppress, such as anxiety and insomnia. The next stage of symptoms may last several weeks or up to several months. During this time, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tensing of muscles, and feelings of panic. Other symptoms one may experience at this time include cravings for the drug, blurred vision, mood swings, impaired short-term memory, or difficulty concentrating. In severe cases, a person may have seizures, develop suicidal thoughts, or even attempt suicide.
To reduce the effects of withdrawal, one should go through medically supervised detoxification. When a person goes through a professional detox program, they are tapered off of the drug. While one may experience some benzo withdrawal symptoms, they are typically less intense and are managed by health professionals. Because the individual is under medical care, the risks associated with withdrawal are reduced.
For some people, less-intense withdrawal symptoms may occur on and off for years after the final dose. These problems range from twitching of the muscles to depression. These long-term benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can cause an individual to relapse, which is why it is important to seek extended care. True Recovery is an intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) that also offers a comfortable yet structured sober living option. Our services are ideal for those who may have slipped and relapsed in addition to individuals who are entering recovery for the first time.
Clients benefit from our alternative rehab program and services that provide them with the skills needed to cope with cravings and other symptoms that may tempt them to use a benzodiazepine drug again. One can also attend group or individual addiction therapies or counseling. Our individualized programs are led by our highly trained staff and serve to give you the courage to seek out old passions, develop new interests, or even start a new career. After you’ve conquered the withdrawal symptoms associated with benzos, you’ll want plans in place to help you recover from your addiction. Call today to speak with an admissions counselor and find out how we can help you set and achieve new goals.