Etizolam addiction recovery is possible. Learning your treatment options will help to increase your chances of quitting etizolam for good.

Etizolam, a benzodiazepine-like drug, was originally thought in many quarters to have a low risk for addiction, especially compared to benzodiazepines. In turn, it became commonly prescribed in Japan after its approval there in 1983.

Unfortunately, there have since been reports of dependence, withdrawal, overdose, and death. Over the past several years, etizolam has become the number one benzo-like drug leading to Poison Control calls. If you or a loved one is struggling to stop etizolam use, it is important to know your treatment options.

Etizolam Addiction Treatment Options

Multiple rehab options exist to help you or a loved one quit etizolam. Finding the right option for treatment depends on a number of factors, including one’s stage in the recovery process and the severity of one’s dependence to etizolam. A local doctor or accredited rehab facility can help you choose the types of rehab that will give you or a loved one the best chance of success for quitting etizolam for good.

Etizolam Detox

The first step in quitting etizolam is getting the drug out of your system. Unfortunately, quitting cold turkey can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Detox can help manage symptoms of etizolam withdrawal, which may include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Agitation
  • Cravings

While in detox, you are closely monitored by a medical team to help manage your withdrawal symptoms safely. Because close supervision is needed, detox usually happens in an inpatient facility. Although detox alone will not prevent future etizolam use, it is an important part of the rehab process. Having well-controlled withdrawal symptoms sets you up for success later in the recovery process.

Residential Rehab for Etizolam Addiction

After detox is complete, the next stage of the recovery process begins. In residential rehab or inpatient rehab, you learn new skills to quit etizolam use. For example, you will learn how to stop harmful behaviors while living on-site in a supportive environment. Residential rehab gives you a safe place to live without drug triggers while you focus on healing from etizolam use. One-on-one and group therapy sessions are cornerstones of treatment. Because you are living on-site, medical care is always available if needed.

Outpatient Rehab for Etizolam Addiction

For those who have completed residential rehab and can live at home or in a sober living house, outpatient rehab is the next step in recovery. In some cases, like if the addiction is in the early stages, a person may even go straight to outpatient rehab after detox. Just like in residential rehab, one-on-one therapy and group therapy are core treatments. In outpatient rehab, a person’s recovery may be far enough along that they can even go to work or school. Support groups may also be available to provide a pathway to recovery.

Treatment For a Dual Diagnosis

Etizolam abuse and mental health issues are closely linked. In many instances, the abuse is a coping mechanism for the mental health problem. This is especially true for drugs like etizolam, which is prescribed to treat anxiety in some countries. Therefore, even if the substance use stops, the mental health issue remains. In dual diagnosis, both the etizolam addiction and the underlying mental health issues are treated at the same time. Mental health issues treated in rehab may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality or psychotic disorders

Aftercare & Sober Living

Aftercare and sober living are long-term parts of the recovery process. Together, they are crucial components to treating etizolam abuse. Those who stay involved in drug rehab aftercare have higher recovery success rates than those who do not. While in rehab, you are focused on recovery. After rehab ends, it can be tempting to instead put your focus on other areas of your life. Aftercare and sober living can help keep you focused on recovery and further the development of skills and tools to live without etizolam and prevent relapses. Aftercare services may vary but commonly include:

  • Twelve-step programs
  • Self-help programs
  • Alumni groups
  • Volunteer positions focused on recovery

How Long Does Etizolam Rehab Take?

No one timeframe works for everyone. Some people may need a shorter rehab stay than others. That said, however, there is typically a recommended minimum length of time for rehabilitation. Outpatient rehabilitation often lasts at least 90 days as data shows this period of time can impact recovery outcomes. If needed, though, the duration of rehab can extend more than 90 days.

What Does Rehab for Etizolam Abuse Cost?

The cost of rehab depends on many factors. If you are concerned that you cannot afford treatment, an accredited facility will work with you to figure out your payment options and find help. The cost of rehab can depend on:

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Length of Treatment
  • Level of Care
  • Individual Considerations or Personal Choices

Effectiveness of Etizolam Addiction Rehab

Although recovery is a lifelong process, it is possible to quit etizolam with help, even after years of use. People who have successfully stopped etizolam credit the help they got in rehab for aiding them to rebuild their lives.

Key Points: Understanding Etizolam Addiction Treatment & Rehab

Important points to remember about etizolam treatment and rehab include:

  • Etizolam addiction can be successfully treated in rehab.
  • The first step in the recovery is detox, which is followed by rehab.
  • Rehab may last different lengths of time, depending on the person.
  • After rehab, you should consider aftercare and sober living programs to help ensure long-term success in recovery.

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