Benzodiazepines are a group of medications prescribed for their sedative, or calming effects on the central nervous system. Benzodiazepine drugs are used to treat ailments be caused by excessive activity of nerves in the brain like depression and anxiety. It can also be used to treat seizures, muscle spasms, and in some cases preparation for surgery.
While detox services are not offered at our JourneyPure Melbourne campus, JourneyPure has several other facilities that provide detox. We will make sure you receive the highest care of medical detoxification.
Benzodiazepines enhance the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that nerves in the brain use to communicate with one another. GABA lessens the activity of nerves in the brain and increasing the effect of GABA with a benzodiazepine, reduces brain activity. Brand names of Benzodiazepines include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. These drugs all vary in their response time and longevity of relief. For instance, Xanax is quick to act but does not last long, where Klonopin is slower to act but gives longer sustained relief from symptoms. Each of these drugs is prescribed with these specific characteristics, and the needs of the patient, in mind. They are often abused because of their relaxing qualities. Some individuals who abuse it describe feelings of euphoria when they take it at increased doses. This increased use causes a higher tolerance level, and the user will need to consume more of it, to achieve the same effect. As this cycle continues, dependence develops and use becomes necessary, and stopping seems impossible. Withdrawing from benzos can be distressing, and very uncomfortable, so it is critical it is done at a benzodiazepine detox center in Melbourne, Florida.
Withdrawal Symptoms Treated At A Benzodiazepine Detox Center In Melbourne, FL
Benzodiazepine withdrawal occurs when an individual who is dependant on the drug ceases to take it, triggering a variety of side effects that can begin just hours after the drugs last use. Both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms develop when an individual ends their benzodiazepine abuse:
- Body aches and pains
- Impaired cognitive function
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts/behaviors
- Problems concentrating/fogginess
Symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal can continue for several days or weeks depending on the patient use history and patterns. There are three phases of benzodiazepine withdrawal.
Early withdrawal is the first phase, it can begin within a few hours, to a day after discontinuing benzodiazepine use. This phase will last several days and will present with both physical and emotional symptoms, which can include the following:
- Muscle spasms
- Vision issues
- Cognitive impairment
- Strong drug cravings
After a few days, the patient will experience acute withdrawal, which can last anywhere from two weeks to a few months. During this phase, the symptoms are at their most intense, and an individual is at highest risk for having seizures, which is a serious medical event. A patient may also experience fever, high blood pressure, and irregular heart function. At our benzodiazepine detox center in Melbourne, FL, we are experienced in treating these symptoms and recognize what to look for. No one should attempt this process without medical supervision, although we certainly understand why one would, given the stigma surrounding addiction. However, it is imperative that they know they are not alone, and that help and relief are available. Through the last phase of withdrawal, a patient can still experience anxiety, insomnia, and cognitive impairment (fogginess, memory trouble) for weeks, and months. It is so important that the individual have support regardless of how long these symptoms continue. Drug cravings and anxiety can cause a person to relapse, so maintenance is critical.
Therapies Offered At Our Melbourne Benzo Detox Center
Equal to the person’s medical needs during detox, is their emotional needs. When someone feels strong in their mind and spirit, they are better equipped to deal with the discomfort of the physical outcomes. This is done with the help of therapy. Here at our Melbourne benzo detox center, we utilize a variety of different therapeutic modalities. Individual therapy is critical for all of our patients, as it is a direct line of communication between their therapist, and themselves. This confidential, trustworthy setting, provides the patient with the safety and comfort needed in which to express their deepest and most challenging feelings and receive support and coaching in real time. Group therapy allows an individual to become part of a recovery community, and build confidence and accountability. Behavioral therapies like the kind we offer here at our benzodiazepine detox center in Melbourne, such as CBT and DBT, offer alternative ways of thinking and viewing both ourselves and our relationships with others. Family therapy plays a critical role in rebuilding the family system and developing ongoing support for the patients return home. A blend of all of these therapies gives an individual a better chance at long-term sobriety, and it is our hope that you will continue at our rehab in Melbourne to further improve your chance at a happier life without the use of Benzodiazepines.
Get The Help You Deserve At Our Melbourne Benzodiazepine Detox Center
If you are addicted to benzos and are ready to quit, contact our Melbourne, Florida benzodiazepine detox center right now. You do not need to keep going down a path of destruction. You can reach out for help and begin blazing a new trail for your recovery.
Do not waste any more time abusing benzodiazepine. Call us today!