Prescott Benzodiazepine Rehab
Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment in Arizona
Benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as “benzos,” are a group of medications collectively known as tranquilizers. In the United States, benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed medications and include household names like Valium®, Ambien®, Xanax®, Ativan®, and Klonopin®. Unfortunately, misuse of these drugs can quickly turn into abuse, tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
While getting help is never easy, admitting that you need it is the first step. At Holdfast Recovery, we understand what it’s like; we’ve been there. We offer a number of treatments and therapies at our Prescott benzodiazepine rehab to help you on the path to recovery.
What Is Benzodiazepine Abuse?
Benzodiazepines affect the body’s central nervous system, producing a sedating effect that relaxes the muscles and lowers anxiety. They are frequently prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia, and similar conditions. However, many people misuse these medications in order to achieve the mild to moderate euphoric high commonly associated with prescription benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepine abuse might look like:
- Taking someone else’s prescribed medication
- “Borrowing,” stealing, or buying others’ medications
- Visiting multiple doctors to get multiple prescriptions
- Building up a “backup” supply
- Forging prescriptions
- Spending a significant amount of time getting benzos
- Spending a significant amount of time taking or recovering from benzos
- Needing more of the drug to achieve the same effect
- Taking benzos for longer than initially intended
- Experiencing issues at home, work, or school
- Cravings or withdrawal symptoms when not using benzos
Over time, a person’s tolerance will increase, meaning they will need to take higher quantities of the drug to achieve the same effect. This can be a slippery slope to benzo abuse and addiction.
Signs That Someone Is Abusing or Addicted to Benzodiazepines
Because benzodiazepines are so commonly prescribed in the U.S., it can be difficult for friends, family members, and loved ones to recognize when someone may be developing an addiction. The fact that doctors prescribe these medications all the time, and may even have provided a prescription to a loved one, can lead friends and family to believe benzos are not dangerous and can deflect attention from warnings signs of abuse.
Some of these warning signs include:
- Pronounced drowsiness
- Lethargy/lack of energy
- Impaired coordination
- Mental “fog”
- Impaired speech (slurring)
- Shallow breath
- Lack of interest in daily activities
- Failure to manage normal responsibilities
- Taking medications without a prescription
Health Risks Associated with Benzodiazepine Abuse
Over time, benzodiazepine misuse can lead to a number of negative health effects. Some of the immediate, short-term effects that can occur soon after a high has worn off include anxiety, headaches, confusion, forgetfulness, fatigue, blurred vision, and irritability.
Long-term effects of benzo abuse can include:
- Poor cognitive functioning
- Impaired memory
- Inability to concentrate
- Slow reaction time
- Reduced inhibitions
- Poor coordination
- Ataxia (a degenerative nervous system condition)
Benzodiazepine use becomes even more dangerous when they are taken along with other drugs/medications or when benzos are mixed with alcohol. In the most serious of cases, benzodiazepine abuse can lead to overdose and death.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our Prescott-based benzodiazepine addiction treatment programs. Call (800) 680-7738.
Benzodiazepines are some of the most difficult drugs to quit, due to their altering effects on brain chemistry. Benzodiazepine addiction is a complex disease, and many people find that they are unable to stop taking benzos on their own. Often, withdrawal symptoms mimic the very conditions benzodiazepines treat, such as anxiety and insomnia, making quitting even more challenging.
At Holdfast Recovery, we want to assure you that there is hope. Clinical studies have shown that certain therapies are highly effective in treating benzodiazepine abuse and addiction. At our Prescott benzodiazepine rehab center, we employ a whole-person approach to recovery that allows you to focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit.
Our treatment programs include:
- Intensive Outpatient Program: With an intensive outpatient program (IOP), you continue living at home and visit the center three times per week. This allows you to have the structure and support you need while also allowing you to maintain employment and other day-to-day activities.
- Partial Hospitalization Program: Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a slightly more intensive program than our IOP. While you still live at home, you are required to attend treatment a minimum of five times a week. The program focuses on helping you avoid triggers, manage cravings, and move forward in your recovery.
Both our IOP and PHP involve a variety of therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR for trauma, and group therapy sessions. We also focus on physical fitness and, as a Christian rehab center, provide a number of opportunities for our clients to reconnect with Christ as they work toward long-term sobriety. You will attend various Bible studies, men’s groups, and church and are provided with a daily devotional that allows you to draw connections between your spirituality and your recovery.
We’ll Handle the Details. You Focus on Healing.
If you are ready to break the cycle of abuse, you have come to the right place. At Holdfast Recovery, we not only treat the addiction but also the underlying trauma and mental and emotional health issues that so often accompany drug abuse. Our compassionate, understanding staff is here to provide the support you need in a safe, stigma-free environment.
We are always available, both to our clients and their loved ones. You can call us anytime to speak to any member of our team, including our staff, our clinicians, and our founders. We believe in cultivating openness, honesty, and transparency.