Benzodiazepines are often prescribed to treat patients suffering from anxiety or panic attacks and sometimes to help patients sleep. It is a drug that is becoming more widely abused which leads to greater numbers of overdoses and people seeking benzodiazepine overdose treatment.
The more you know about benzodiazepine overdose symptoms and the effects of benzodiazepine drugs, the better prepared you will be to handle emergencies or make important decisions about seeking treatment for your loved one’s addiction to benzodiazepine medications.
Why Doctors Prescribe Benzodiazepine Medications
Benzo medications are often prescribed to treat legitimate medical conditions. It can be extremely useful in helping patients deal with insomnia, anxiety, and general nervousness. These drugs are often prescribed prior to medical procedures or surgeries to help relax muscles and reduce anxiety.
It can also be prescribed to help control seizures and to treat symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. In most cases, the drug is prescribed in amounts that would not cause addiction and carefully monitored to avoid patient’s developing dependencies on the drug. At normal doses, most people tolerate the drug quite well. It is when people take too much of this medications that problems, including addiction, may arise.
Benzodiazepines Side Effects
For people taking benzodiazepine as prescribed, the side effects are quite mild and easy to tolerate. They include things like drowsiness and may induce dizziness. When abused or taken in higher doses, benzodiazepines side effects can be far more serious and may even include symptoms of a benzodiazepine overdose, like those listed below.
- Blurry Vision
- Dry Mouth
- Difficulty Breathing
- Loss of Balance
- Slurred Speech
People who abuse benzodiazepines chronically may, oddly enough, develop symptoms similar to those that are often cause for the drugs to be prescribed in the first place, like anxiety or insomnia.
You may also notice symptoms of depression, aggression, and even signs of psychosis among people who are suffering from long-term addictions to benzodiazepines. The best thing you can do to deal with these Benzodiazepines side effects is to seek treatment for the problem before your loved one experiences a benzodiazepine overdose.
If you have a loved one who is addicted to benzodiazepines, you should exercise caution when encouraging them to quit and encourage them, instead, to seek help in a drug treatment facility like Elevate Addiction Services that offers managed detoxification and withdrawal treatments.
Stopping benzodiazepines suddenly can result in acute withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous and may include seizures. We offer a withdrawal and detox program designed to allow people to go through the worst withdrawal symptoms with minimal discomfort. This allows them to move forward with the healing process without reliance on additional harsh chemicals in the process whenever possible.
Why Elevate Addiction Services?
Elevate Addiction Services offers a non-12-step treatment program for benzodiazepine addiction that offers treatment for the whole person and not just the symptoms of the addiction. We believe that lasting healing and recovery begins by addressing the needs of the individual person instead of only treating the addiction itself.
That is why our treatment involves three main phases.
Phase 1 – Detoxification and Withdrawal
During this phase of treatment, patients will overcome the physical part of the addiction. This is when they will deal with the physical symptoms of withdrawal, with the help of our well-trained, caring staff, while also ridding their bodies of the chemicals these drugs release into the body.
This stage can be intense depending on the duration of the addiction, the amount of benzodiazepine drugs patients were consuming on a daily basis, and the overall physical health of the patients entering into addiction rehab. It typically lasts 30 days, though each patient progresses to the next treatment phase at this or her own pace.
Phase 2 – Physical Healing
In addition to caring for the physical ravages of addiction and working to repair the body through nutrition, exercise therapy, and vitamin supplements, we also work to repair psychological damage that may be a co-occurring condition with the addiction or may have been the underlying cause of addiction (many people come to addiction by trying to treat undiagnosed mental health conditions). This is also the phase in which we begin to address mindfulness training and helping patients make better choice for dealing with disappointment, peer pressure, and other negative emotions.
Phase 3 – Emotional Support
For some patients, this is the most beneficial, not to mention necessary, aspect of treatment. This is the phase in which we help patients understand the root causes of their addictions. This phase is the one that is instrumental for helping our patients avoid relapse because we help them find what it was they were looking for when they took the benzodiazepine medications. This is accomplished through a combination of group therapy, one-on-one counseling, family counseling, and cognitive behavioral therapies designed to help patients as they are preparing to go back into their normal routines without the chains of addiction weighing them down.
Addiction is touch. We understand that and want to make the recovery part as painless and rewarding as possible. Call us today to learn more about how we can help your loved one overcome a benzodiazepine addiction.