Benzodiazepine dependence can be a detrimental force in a person’s life. Users are led down a dangerous path that may result in tragedy. If you or a loved one has developed a benzodiazepine addiction, getting effective treatment as soon as possible could help save a life. At Pacific Sands Recovery, we offer a benzodiazepine detox in Orange County that can help you get clean and learn to live a life of lasting sobriety and wellness.
What are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines, also commonly known as “benzos,” are a classification of drugs commonly prescribed with the intended use of combatting seizures, muscle tension, anxiety disorder, types of insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal.
Though effective and with few side effects when taken appropriately as prescribed, benzodiazepines are rapidly becoming some of the most abused pharmaceuticals in the country. Due to their potency and the relative ease with which they can be acquired, more and more people are finding themselves dependent upon benzos. Recent decades have seen a significant increase in both benzodiazepine prescriptions and medical emergencies involving their use.
Commonly used benzos include well-known pharmaceuticals like Xanax and Valium (also known as Alprolozam and Diazepam respectively) as well as lesser-known brands like Librium and Ativan (also known as Chlordiazepoxide and Lorazepam). As the production and use of benzodiazepines show no signs of slowing down, it is imperative to learn what makes this drug so dangerous.
Benzodiazepines and Dependency: Are They Addictive?
Like many other frequently prescribed pharmaceuticals, many people begin their benzodiazepine use with a legitimate prescription. Unfortunately, by the time the prescription has run its course, many people have already developed a dependency. In other cases, people may seek to acquire benzos illicitly.
Known for both their sedative and anxiety-reducing properties, benzos are often highly coveted by recreational users, either used to get “high” or because a person sees their use as a necessity to their own personal well-being. Regardless of the motivation, continued benzo use leads to addiction, as well as a host of health problems.
Many users may not realize that they have developed a dependency until it is too late. Furthermore, continued use often leads to the development of a tolerance to the drug. This means that a person may take more of it in order to feel the desired effect, or simply feel that they “need” it in order to feel normal again. As this cycle continues, the addiction grows more severe and the dangers of use increase exponentially.
Benzodiazepine Statistics and Studies
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 12% of American adults use benzodiazepines each year. Additionally, according to the same study, 2% of American adults have either misused or developed a dependency on benzodiazepines within the last year.
Another study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that between 2016 and 2017, there were roughly 212,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country associated with either adverse benzodiazepine reactions or overdoses.
These alarming statistics show the need for benzodiazepine treatment in order to prevent such tragedies and to help those struggling with dependency. Fortunately, Pacific Sands Recovery offers benzodiazepine detox in Orange County tailored specifically to help those suffering from benzodiazepine addiction.
What is Benzodiazepine Detox?
A benzodiazepine detox is a process by which the drug itself is removed from the body. Once the body is cleansed of any toxins, it can begin to heal and recover effectively. Through this process, a person is able to go through the benzodiazepine withdrawal safely while being medically supervised by experienced professionals. Once the body has been rid of the drug, further treatment can begin.
By undergoing the detox process with Pacific Sands Recovery, we ensure that all of your needs are met in a safe and tranquil environment that is conducive to healing. With a staff-to-client ratio of 2:1, we have ensured that each client will receive the care, attention, and commitment that they deserve in order to put them in the best position possible for safe and long-lasting recovery.
Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
Knowing how to recognize the symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal can help you to identify signs of addiction in either yourself or a loved one. By recognizing these signs, you can better determine the level of care needed, and make the decision to help yourself or your loved ones get the assistance they deserve. Benzo withdrawal begins between 10 hours and several days after the last use, depending upon both the type of benzo being taken, as well as an individual’s tolerance and volume of use.
While the symptoms of withdrawal may vary from person to person depending upon a host of individual factors, there are many common withdrawal symptoms that the majority of people will experience when coming off of benzodiazepine use. Symptoms may include:
- Muscle pain
- Blurred vision
- Brain fog or confusion
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Benefits of Benzodiazepine Detox
Pacific Sands Recovery’s benzodiazepine detox targets addiction at its core, in order to safely and effectively help the user overcome their dependency. We offer evidence-based therapies and treatment options after detox as well, to help ensure that all of our client’s needs are met. This helps to give those who undergo treatment with us the highest chance of a successful recovery that will last a lifetime. After completing your initial detox, we have additional treatment options including:
- Residential Addiction Treament
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- 12-Step Recovery Program
- Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
- Addiction Therapy
Get the Help You Deserve Today in Orange County, CA
At Pacific Sands Recovery, we know how destructive addiction can be to a person’s life, as well as how it can affect their own physical and mental well-being. Fortunately, we have dedicated ourselves to helping those who struggle with addiction to find lasting relief, as well as hope for a brighter future. Using evidence-based therapies, we target addiction at its source, with the ultimate goal of bringing lasting sobriety and wellness to our clients. Our 2:1 staff-to-client ratio ensures that those under our care get the attention and care that they deserve. Our passionate team is available 24/7 to meet any needs our clients may have.
There has never been a better time to get yourself or your loved one the treatment and attention that they deserve. Contact us today, and take the first steps in your journey to recovery that lasts a lifetime!