Benzodiazepine Treatment & Rehab

Benzodiazepines, which are often called “benzos” for short, are widely prescribed to treat stress-related conditions such as anxiety disorders and insomnia. Unfortunately, some people become addicted to benzodiazepines — even if they are taking the drugs as their doctor prescribed. It is important to understand your options when it comes to benzodiazepine treatment and rehab.

Intentional abuse of benzos carries an even greater risk of addiction. Physical addiction to benzodiazepines can cause intense withdrawal, making it very hard to quit benzos. Some say it is just as hard as quitting notoriously habit-forming drugs like heroin. When your body grows dependent on a benzo, stopping that drug is difficult. However, with the right professional treatment, withdrawal can be much more comfortable.

If you struggle with either psychological or physical addiction to benzodiazepines, you will need professional treatment. The trick is to find the right program to fit your unique recovery needs.

In order to ensure that you have the maximum amount of support during recovery, you should should consider a benzodiazepine treatment or rehab program that offers each of the following provisions:

  • Evaluation and Diagnosis – A high-quality treatment facility will begin with an assessment to determine the extent of your addiction, if you have any co-occurring disorders, and to determine how best to treat your conditions. Sometimes the symptoms that spur a person’s addiction result from an undiagnosed mental illness, called a dual diagnosis. It’s crucial your treatment team begins with consideration of any potential contributing factors that may stand in the way of your recovery. It’s important to address co-occurring disorders head-on so the root of the addiction is addressed.
  • Detox – It can be difficult to quit benzodiazepines because its withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Without professional assistance, not many addicted persons can successfully detox from benzos and avoid relapse. Consistent, round-the-clock care means you have accountability and assistance during this tough time. Our detox program at The Recovery Village also allows for the use of non-addictive drugs to alleviate your withdrawal symptoms. Also, medical detox ensures that you have immediate access to medical personnel if any problems arise during your detox.
  • Individualized Treatment Plan – There are countless factors that play into the development of addiction. Thus, every person needs an individualized recovery plan. After all, everyone’s family situation is different, and everyone has different co-occurring mental health issues. Because no two addictions are exactly alike, The Recovery Village takes an individualized approach to benzo addiction treatment. Our team of experienced therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses and mental health technicians works hard to ensure each patient has a unique path to recovery from addiction. Additionally, as you work your way through rehab, it may become apparent your plan needs to be adjusted in some way, whether that means adding or subtracting certain therapies. At The Recovery Village, we encourage you to take an active role in this so that you can have a voice in your treatment experience.
  • One-on-One Therapy – One of the most important parts of effective treatment is seeing a therapist frequently for individual counseling sessions. The Recovery Village patients meet regularly with their therapists to establish a personal, trusting relationship and work to uncover the “why” behind their addiction. Once this bond has been formed, your therapist can serve as a coach and support person for you. You might even think of your therapist’s office as your “home base” in rehab. You go there to talk about your problems, emotions, and your progress in recovery — including the setbacks that inevitably arise. Ultimately, your individual counseling with your therapist serves to help you meet your treatment goals.
  • Group Therapy – Conversely to individual therapy, where you focus on yourself and your personal relationshp with addiction, group therapy allows patients to relate to others facing similar struggles with recovery. These sessions often serve as the foundation of the recovery experience, building camaraderie and a sense of support amongst peers. Therapists lead these sessions to ensure the conversation is constructive and effective. There is tremendous healing to be found in sharing the recovery journey with others, regardless of the topic at hand. Common group therapy themes include the following:
  • 12-step program work
  • Grief
  • Sex
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Family issues
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Alternative therapies – Our experienced addiction professionals have found people benefit from engaging in a variety of treatment options. This is why The Recovery Village offers non-traditional therapies to supplement traditional medical and clinical addiction treatment. Alternative therapies help patients address a wide range of the challenging aspects of life, and also provide you with the appropriate skills to take on those challenges. Some examples of popular alternative therapies we have used include:
  • Equine therapy
  • Outdoor and adventure therapy
  • Dance therapy
  • Herbal supplements
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Art therapy
  • Yoga
  • Music therapy
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Family Therapy – Because family situations often have an impact on a person’s addiction, it can be very valuable to involve family members in your recovery process. Depending on the patient and their unique circumstances, our therapists may recommend attending family therapy sessions with your loved ones. Support groups for family and friends of addicted people, educational workshops, and personal therapy sessions can all be effective in helping loved ones to better understand the nature of addiction and its treatment, and to learn how they can best be supportive of the recovering person when they return home.
  • Aftercare – Detox and subsequent treatment are necessary, but your path to recovery doesn’t end there. Your sobriety must be a permanent life change. Recovery is a lifelong journey, so you will need to continue investing in it for the rest of your life. Before you are discharged from treatment at The Recovery Village, your treatment team will help you compile an aftercare team that is made up of recovery professionals and support groups in your home area. We can work together with your aftercare providers to create an aftercare plan that supports your continued growth and sobriety. We will look at methods that worked well while you were in rehab, and communicate your unique challenges and successes to your new providers.
Benzodiazepine Treatment and Rehab
Because benzodiazepines are such intensely addictive drugs, it is best to have as much supervision as possible during recovery — especially in the beginning stages. Depending on your level of benzodiazepine addiction, your doctor may recommend undergoing a residential therapy program after you have detoxed. During inpatient rehab, those undergoing recovery temporarily move into the rehab facility. There are many benefits to inpatient rehab, including constant medical supervision, removal from potentially harmful environments and the opportunity to bond with peers enduring similar experiences.

Our inpatient recovery program at The Recovery Village includes 24-hour access to our medical and nursing staff, daily counseling sessions and catered, nutritionally-sound meals. Inpatient rehab lets you step out of your daily surroundings and focus fully on recovery. We see our patients at The Recovery Village benefit greatly from this change in scenery. Whether you come to our Florida facility from down the street or across the country, we hope you’ll find it offers the comforts of home. The amenities of our facility include sunny bedrooms, private bathrooms, common rooms for relaxation and a fitness center.

It is often difficult for people to spend multiple weeks away from home and work, making inpatient rehab improbable for some. At The Recovery Village, we believe that every addicted person deserves to be able to receive treatment. That is why are so invested in crafting individualized outpatient programs that allow our patients to participate in rehab while still living at home. This way, you can continue to take care of your daily responsibilities as you get well again.

There are several circumstances in which outpatient rehab is especially suitable. For example, some people have only been struggling with addiction for a short time period, so their disease is not as ingrained as it may be in some other people who have struggled for many years. For these people with milder forms of addiction, an outpatient treatment program may sufficiently address their recovery needs.

After inpatient rehab, your ongoing recovery is more important than ever. For many patients, entering outpatient rehab after successfully completing inpatient rehab is the best way to transition back into everyday life as a sober person. Attending outpatient addiction treatment after residential treatment allows our patients to go back to school or work while still attending therapy and meeting with their The Recovery Village doctors a few times a week. Outpatient treatment helps clients process their successes and explore their continued concerns and fears.

If you have a mental illness or mood disorder that exists alongside your substance addiction, our doctors may diagnose you with co-occurring disorders. These dual diagnoses fuel each other — sometimes starting with a mental illness, which later causes addiction, or vice versa. Some of the most common comorbid disorders associated with addiction to drugs like benzodiazepines include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia

While the addiction and mental disorders are separately diagnosed conditions, they are often very closely related. For example, a depressed person may more easily turn to benzos and alcohol to ease the pain of their depression. Similarly, a person who is suffering from addiction to benzos is more likely to become depressed about the benzo-related problems in their life.

If you have a dual diagnosis, you will need to find a treatment facility that can address each of the conditions that you are experiencing. This is essential to ensure lasting recovery and sober living. In fact, if the mood disorder did contribute to the addiction, then treating the addiction but not the mood disorder can result in addiction relapse.

Our staff at The Recovery Village recognizes each individual who comes to us for help experiences a different situation — even if they have a diagnosis that is similar to another patient’s diagnosis. Accordingly, our therapists and physicians engage patients in individualized therapies that focus on healing the whole person, not just a single problem.

Just as a visit to the emergency room entails financial obligations, so does attending rehabilitation for benzodiazepine addiction. The cost of treatment varies based on your needs. For example, inpatient services that involve the residential components of The Recovery Village are more expensive. After all, this type of treatment requires round-the-clock care, including meals and housing. On the other hand, outpatient care allows you to travel to campus for services but live outside the treatment facility and is therefore less expensive.

You can pay for rehab several ways — using insurance, personal finances or credit. You may hesitate to use your nest egg on rehab, but benzo addiction can be a life-or-death situation. Your health is well worth every penny you spend on treatment.

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, which mandated the creation of a Health Insurance Marketplace where Americans could purchase their own coverage plans outside of their workplaces. Many people could be newly covered, even if they had previously been turned away. Each marketplace plan covers some or all of the costs of addiction treatment services — from early substance abuse to addiction — so that you can avoid paying out-of-pocket.

Outside of the marketplace, each insurance company has its own guidelines. Check with your insurance company to see if your plan covers substance addiction treatment, or contact one of our intake coordinators who can do this on your behalf.

If you do not have private health insurance and can’t afford drug rehab, you may still quality for other insurance coverage. Some such resources include:

  • Federal Offerings – Medicare is a federal insurance program for Americans aged 65 and older. It is also offered to some people with chronic diseases or disabilities. Medicaid is the other major federal health insurance. This option is for low-income people.
  • Veterans Benefits – If you are a veteran, you can contact the Veterans Administration to see if you are eligible for free-of-cost substance abuse treatment.
  • State Health Programs – you can consult your state substance abuse agency to see if there are state-funded treatment centers (or other state and local government assistance) available to you.
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Benzodiazepine Treatment & Rehab was last modified: July 21st, 2017 by The Recovery Village