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Benzodiazepines are a type of prescription drugs that produce a calming, relaxing and hypnotic effect. They’re often prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and panic disorders. Benzos affect the neurotransmitter GABA. GABA has a calming effect on the brain, and benzos do as well. Benzos also have psychoactive properties. Someone who uses many of the most commonly prescribed drugs from this class, such as Xanax, may experience euphoria or pleasant feelings. The triggering of pleasant feelings can lead to addiction. The risk of becoming addicted to benzodiazepines is greater in people who abuse these drugs. Abuse can include taking larger doses than what’s prescribed, taking the drug more often than one is instructed to, and taking the drug recreationally or using it without a prescription.

Addiction is defined as a brain disorder in which someone compulsively continues to use a substance, even when there are adverse outcomes and consequences. Someone who is addicted to a substance becomes so preoccupied with continuing to use that substance that it becomes their top priority. Addiction side effects also include being unable to stop, even when trying. Ultimately, addiction is the result of changes in the brain’s wiring and pathways. Brain images in addicted individuals show changes in areas related to judgment and decision making, memory, learning, and behavior and impulse control.



Doral Addiction Treatment & Rehab
Doral is a brand-name drug, sold under the generic name quazepam. Classified as a benzodiazepine, Doral is most often prescribed to treat insomnia. Unlike most other benzos, Doral binds only to specific GABA receptors related to sleep. The selectivity of Doral makes it less addictive than most other benzodiazepines, and it also reduces some of the side effects. Doral is a long-acting benzo as well, which also lowers the risk of addiction and physical dependence. Still, Doral can be addictive. The risk of becoming addicted to Doral can be higher in people with a history of substance use disorders. Other risk factors for Doral addiction include combining it with other substances or using it in ways other than what’s prescribed or instructed by a doctor.
There are a few different considerations for Doral addiction treatment and rehab. In addition to addiction, one should also take into account the issue of physical dependence. As mentioned, there is a lower risk of dependence with Doral as compared to something like Xanax, but dependence is still possible. People who are physically dependent on any benzo may experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using it suddenly. Withdrawal can include rebound symptoms. Rebound symptoms are the recurrence of symptoms the drug was originally used to treat. For example, one of the most common benzo rebound symptoms is worsening insomnia. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can also be severe. Serious complications can include seizures, psychosis and suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

These risks demonstrate why it’s important to find a Doral addiction treatment and rehab center that deals first with the symptoms of withdrawal and then with the deeper issues of addiction. The most successful Doral addiction treatment program would include a medical detox. During detox, a patient goes through withdrawal under the supervision of medical professionals. They can manage symptoms and make the patient safer and more comfortable.

Following detox, a Doral addiction treatment and rehab program should include therapy. Most benzodiazepine addiction treatment programs will focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. There may be a combination of group and individual therapy. A program should look at any polysubstance abuse issues a person may have as well as co-occurring mental health conditions. Benzodiazepine treatment programs may be completed in an inpatient facility, an outpatient program, or a combination of both. Inpatient rehabs tend to be well-suited to people who need a distraction-free environment. The overall objective of any Doral addiction treatment program should be addressing the multi-faceted considerations of substance abuse.

For people who struggle with benzodiazepines or other substances, The Recovery Village is available to help. Please contact us and learn about what options are available, what rehab is really like, and how to cover the costs.

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