What are benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepine, sometimes referred to as “benzos”, are a category of psychoactive drugs. Used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, and other conditions, benzodiazepine works by enhancing the GABA-A neurotransmitter in the brain to create feelings of relaxation. Common examples of benzodiazepines include Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, and Valium.
Because benzodiazepines give off an euphoria effect, when abused, they can cause physical dependence and addiction. When mixed with alcohol and/or other substances, it increases a person’s risk of health complications or worse, severe or fatal overdose.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2015, nearly 9,000 overdose deaths involved benzodiazepine. This is more than four times as many as in 2002. Additionally, the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that benzodiazepine consumption has dramatically increased within the U.S in the last decade.
However, a major challenge for those struggling with substance abuse is a lack of meaning in life, which ultimately leads to a variety of health issues and recovery concerns.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers we offer individualized treatment programs for addiction recovery. In addition, we know and understand the science of chemical dependency with its associated neurological changes and its impact upon the pleasure system, emotions, learning, memory, motivation, and most importantly, the ability to exercise choice. We know and understand the biological and psychological science that support treatments in trauma, emotional disorders, and other mental health concerns.
In short, we work towards a greater sense of meaning that has been positively associated with the capacity to overcome difficulties in life and an ability to increase mental and physical welfare.
Below is information relating to benzodiazepine addiction and our treatment programs.
Benzodiazepine addiction occurs when a person develops dependence on the drug and experiences major withdrawal when they stop taking the drug. In addition, a person may increase their intake of benzodiazepine in order to get the same relaxing feelings or maintain those sedated feelings — so they can eliminate withdrawal symptoms.
Benzodiazepine addiction can disrupt daily life as well as ruin family and friend relationships and lead to serious money issues, health issues, and illegal activity when not treated.
Those suffering from benzodiazepine addiction will show physical symptoms as well as lifestyle changes.
Physical signs of benzodiazepine addiction include:
In addition to the above symptoms, people addicted to benzodiazepine will exhibit lifestyle changes, including:
The severity will depend on the person and how much tolerance and dependence they’ve developed with benzodiazepine.
A benzodiazepine addiction is not easily solved by willpower and stopping the benzodiazepine intake. Treatment options include medication management, inpatient/residential care, counseling, and 12 Step Programs.
At the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers, we offer addiction recovery services and specifically treat those suffering from benzodiazepine addiction. Our services include a Residential Treatment, PHP Day Program, Intensive Outpatient Program and General Outpatient Program. Click on each service to learn more about what they entail and how they can help you on a path towards recovery.
In addition, the staff at the Phoenix Recovery Center is passionate about total behavioral health in overcoming addiction. They deeply care about each person who they work with. Often our alumni comment on the profound impact of our staff members in encouraging them on their path to living a fulfilling life. Those who come to The Phoenix Recovery Center can realize a rebirth of their own dreams as they achieve their own sobriety and much, much more. And that makes all the difference.
The Phoenix Difference constitutes a carefully tailored program and recovery experience defined by research. Every effort is directed at supporting outcomes that prepare patients and their families with both the knowledge and applied behaviors to manage mental health disorders and to reclaim a meaningful life.
Furthermore, the Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are driven by the guiding mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders, to celebrate life through lasting solutions.” We accomplish the therapeutic and healing experience through a continuum of care that begins with Residential Treatment and traverses across a Day Program, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), to General Outpatient (GOP). Lastly, the continuum of care culminates in a weekly Alumni Support Meeting, which provides a recovery support community to sustain the recovery capital of The Phoenix Alumni.