Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that work by binding to gamma-amino butyric acid receptors creating effects of sedation and anxiolytic properties. For this they are commonly prescribed for sleeping disorders and anxiety disorders such as medications like diazepam and clonazepam. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive due to the dependence created increase in tolerance. Treatment is possible and benzodiazepine rehab opportunities are prominent around the world.
Addiction to benzodiazepines causes benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Symptoms of this can include but not limited to:
- Cognitive impairment
- Muscle Pain
- Potentially fatal convulsions
- Potentially fatal Catatonia
Due to the severity and potential fatality of these symptoms it is recommended, instead of going ‘cold turkey’, to check into a benzodiazepine rehab facility.
Benzodiazepine rehabs will monitor a patient closely through the withdrawal process in order to suit both purposes of preventing relapse and providing medications and nutrients which will alleviate the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Throughout the rehab process a treatment plan will be organized tailored to the patient’s specific needs in relation to the drug history and possible dual diagnosis.
Rehabs will provide education on the disease of addiction and teaches relapse prevention tools for the future. This is a crucial part of recovery as it gives the patient a stronger base and position for continued sobriety and will often solidify a patient’s determination to remain abstinent.
Therapy is often a requirement for those in benzodiazepine rehab with a variety of different methods including but not limited to:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: CBT helps identify thought processes in a patient that cause unhealthy thoughts and feelings including depression and anxiety. Thought processes that lead to a relapse or cravings to relapse can be identified. Through this therapy a patient can adjust their thought processes to more healthy thoughts leading to better potential for recovery.
- Group therapy: Group therapy allows patients to relate to one another on their addiction and how best to recovery. Often some patients can provide useful insight to one another and also help start to build a network of support in recovery.
- Individual therapy: Individual therapy with a therapist or counselor will be tailored and focused on the specific needs and issues the patient struggles with. These issues can vary to self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety and trauma. Processing these with a therapist is an essential part of rehab.
Other forms of therapy target different issues and tackle them with different approaches. A combination of different therapeutic tool integrates to form a crucial part of rehab and treatment.
Benzodiazepine rehab is not necessary in order to attain abstinence from benzodiazepine and recover from abuse or addiction. It is however highly recommended and increases the chances of success significantly. Benzodiazepine rehabs are abundant throughout the world. If one believes they have an addiction or problem with benzodiazepines then it is best to check into a benzodiazepine rehab immediately. Addiction is a progressive disease and the longer one fuels their benzodiazepine addiction then the harder it will be to become abstinent and the greater the risks are of causing permanent physical or psychological health afflictions.