Benzodiazepines – often shortened to “benzos” – is a class of drugs that are prescribed for treating anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia, and seizure disorders like epilepsy. Benzos are highly addictive and generally intended for short-term relief of symptoms. Unfortunately, these drugs are often overprescribed by doctors and often become overly relied upon by clients. Most troubling, however, is although these drugs often start as prescribed medications for a legitimate medical purpose, they often become abused for long periods of time at increasingly dangerous dosages. These dynamics have combined to lead to an epidemic of addiction to these dangerous narcotics.
If you or someone you are close to is struggling with benzo addiction, there is help available. Reach out to AAR Healthcare online or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more about how AAR’s San Diego benzodiazepine addiction treatment program can help.
The most commonly prescribed and abused benzos are:
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Restoril (temazepam)
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
- Halcion (triazolam)
Each of these unquestionably has legitimate medical uses, but they are also widely abused, which is demonstrated by the magnitude of the “street drug trade” for these drugs as well as the increasing dynamic of “doctor shopping” by those who become addicted.
Do I Need Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment?
To determine for yourself if you are abusing benzos or otherwise addicted, the following questions are helpful to ask:
Have you continued to use benzodiazepines even after the symptoms for which the benzos were prescribed subsided?
Are you using higher doses with more frequency than the doctor prescribed?
Have you taken benzodiazepines without a prescription by acquiring them outside of traditional medical channels?
Have you engaged in “doctor shopping” in attempts to continue taking these medications beyond what was initially prescribed?
Do you question if you could function without benzos?
Are you suffering withdrawal symptoms — like depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, or tremors — when there are no benzos in your system?
If you or your loved one may be struggling with addiction to benzos, seeking professional help is absolutely essential. Benzodiazepines are among the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from without medical supervision, and attempting to do so “cold turkey” can often lead to extremely adverse consequences.
The Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Program at AAR Healthcare
Benzodiazepine addiction treatment at AAR Healthcare involves three main aspects of care, each of which is grounded in evidence-based treatment protocols:
This aspect of our care involves medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and medication-assisted treatment. Our MAT program utilizes buprenorphine (including Subutex, Suboxone, Sublocade), naltrexone (or Vivitrol), and/or other medications to control cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms. We also offer Ambulatory Withdrawal Management for clients that will not be on a long-term MAT protocol.
This entails evidence-based counseling techniques delivered by addiction specialists to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual and group therapy as well as, if needed, family therapy to help restore damaged relationships. Among other evidence-based approaches, we specialize in motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care.
Recovery Support Services
Among other areas, our team helps clients navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues while also coordinating care among other healthcare providers. We also help those we serve to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery through improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.
Learn More About Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment at AAR Healthcare Today
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to Valium, Xanax, Ativan, or any other type of benzodiazepine, we strongly encourage you to reach out for professional help. Reach out to AAR Healthcare today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more.