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DETOXING FROM BENZODIAZEPINES

Benzodiazepines, usually called as “benzos,” are drugs that damage the central nervous system if their usage is prolonged and eventually become addictive. These drugs are often used as sedative and tranquilizers in various medical treatments, referring to their muscle relaxant nature. The drugs are used to help the patient calm down, reducing the body’s power to respond or fight. These drugs are considered useful in reducing anxiety, muscle cramps, and panic. However, excessive use of the drug is dangerous and causing serious health damages physically and mentally.

Immediate effect of Benzos

The drugs commonly turn to addiction due to their immediate relief effect that calms down the body and relaxes the muscles. However, in reality, the relaxation comes from stopping and repressing the functions of the central nervous system by disturbing certain hormonal pathways. It affects respiration, heart rate, and blood pressure, also influencing body temperature.

The short term effects relieve tension and this becomes the reason of people going towards the excessive use ignoring how devastating it can be for the body if used for long periods of time. The GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a very important substance in the brain, which gets amplification by the usage of Benzo, but its continued use makes the body stop producing it. Under such conditions, the body becomes entirely dependent on the drug which continually damages the nervous system.

The continued use of Benzo can cause side effects like breathing problems, diarrhea, amnesia, and nightmares.

Common Benzo drugs

The commonly used Benzos are medically prescribed for the treatment of a certain illness which causes anxiety or in some cases of pains, but their excessive usage is always prohibited. These medicines usually include:

  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Alprazolam
  • Lorazepam
  • Librium

This addiction as dangerous since it can’t be controlled at once. It has to be treated with medical care and seeking help from a detox center unless immediately stopping usage will result in severe medical issues as the body don’t get used to not taking the drugs after using them for so long.

Detoxing from Benzos

Detoxing from benzos can be done by seeking medical help from rehab facilities. Here at SLORecoveryCenters, we provide complete rehabilitation with love and care as, it is our motto. Going through the procedure is a tough job, but we make sure you are not going through it alone.

detoxing from benzodiazepines

The treatment is a gradual process where the amount of the drug in the body is gradually reduced and finally, reaches to zero where the person is considered clean and out of the need of that drug anymore.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Withdrawing from Benzodiazepines can cause some serious effects when the body is accustomed to high rates of the drug. The effects can be mental and physical too, as the body’s functions are adjusted to the drug.

Medical professionals recommend slowly taking out the Benzo drug out of your system, depending on the amount of drug a person uses. The symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Mental confusion
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea

In extreme cases, Hallucinations and seizures are also possible.

When the chemical balance of the brain is totally dependent on the drugs, the body can’t stop receiving them. When the effect of the drugs vanishes the body goes through rebound symptoms like sleeplessness and irritation. Many people who have become highly addicted to the drug cannot treat themselves out of the addiction, but need to utilize proper medical care.

Time period

The withdrawal symptoms of Benzo last from weeks to months, depending on the patients and the level of drug abuse. The people of extremely high doses suffer for long times, but there is not anything relieving than finally being clean and out of the need of drugs at the end. Also, the symptoms depend on the type of drug. Benzodiazepines, used as the drugs are of two types; short term and long term. The symptoms of short-acting drugs produce symptoms shortly after usage; however, the long acting benzos take longer periods of time to start influencing the body.  The maximum duration to completely withdraw can’t be mentioned as it entirely depends upon patients and the drug use, but it can go as long as 3 to 4 months in the case of severe abuse.

Treating process

The benzo addiction is treated in usually 4 stages which involve assessment, detoxification, treatment, and aftercare.

Firstly, the patients are evaluated on the basis of the types of benzo drugs they are using and the amount on the basis of which the detoxification procedures have to be set up.

On the second stage, the body is detoxified filtering the drugs out of the system and making the system clear from the drugs.

Once the body is detoxified completely, Partial hospitalization care is used for the smooth recovery of the patients. Proper medical care is provided to the patients when they are fighting temptations and the staff wholly helps them to recover without the drug use.

After the difficult part is over, the patient has to be made ready to face the outer world as the previous phases were in-house procedures. The aftercare programs are designed to help patients move in daily routine perfectly without ever thinking of going back to the drug usage again.

The best ways to avoid going down that lane is the realization that you are not alone in this suffering. There are many peer programs arranged other than the rehabilitation centers where people talk about their problems, anxieties and why they had to go for drug usage. Listening to others who have been there and sharing your story gives you strength, support, and motivation to carry out daily life activities like they did before.

Remember that detoxification is the first step to recovery and the later procedures are more painful, but in order to get your life back every day of rehabilitation is worthy.

Here at SLORecoveryCenters, we use tools of love and compassion because the problems do not always require medication, but understanding and caring. We are just one call away from you getting stable again!