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Benzodiazepine Withdrawal and Detox

Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs used to treat conditions such as anxiety,epilepsy, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal. Known commonly as “Benzos”, benzodiazepines can become very highly addictive and debilitating.

As the body rids itself of benzodiazepines, the withdrawal can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous in some cases. If a person suddenly stops using benzos, the brain may attempt to function as if it no longer needs to produce its own natural neurotransmitters. When a person suddenly stops taking benzos, their body is suddenly without this substance it has become dependent upon. Benzodiazepines come in many forms, and under many brand names. Some of the more commonly encountered benzos are:

  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide)

Signs and Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

Severity of withdrawal from benzodiazepines depends on the amount and length of time a person has been using, among other factors. Benzodiazepines affect the brain AND body, so when experiencing withdrawal, symptoms will impact both brain and body as well. Not only physical dependency, but psychological and emotional addiction is also a component. Symptoms a person may experience include:

  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Memory Loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired vision
  • Depression
  • Some physical symptoms you may experience include:
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Flu-like symptoms (sweating, full body aches, headaches)
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle pain
  • Vertigo

Benzodiazepine Detox

Clients admitting to Hickory House Recovery for Benzodiazepine treatment will be assessed at intake. If necessary, they may be referred for medical detox until medically stable and able to continue residential treatment. One common method of benzo detox is through tapering, which involves the gradual weaning from benzo usage. Physician supervision is recommended to conduct this method as the person gradually steps down their usage. In this protocol, your body has a chance to rid itself slowly and the withdrawal symptoms won’t be as severe. Some people choose to attempt detox by quitting “cold turkey”. Stopping all use of the drug abruptly may cause a person to experience more intense withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepine detox through a professional detox facility is recognized as the safest method. The client would work with medical professionals to create an individualized treatment plan to begin recovery in a safe and healthy way.

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