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Benzodiazepine Drug Addiction Treatment Center in Cumming

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Benzos — with the full medicinal name of benzodiazepines — are a category of prescription drugs commonly prescribed to patients who suffer from seizures, sleep disorders, and anxiety attacks. The potency of most benzos makes the drugs generally dangerous for use due to a high chance of addiction or overdose.

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Benzos routinely prescribed across the country include:

  • Ativan: Ativan, or Lorazepam, is a benzodiazepine primarily prescribed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety disorders. It's also used for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms and as a pre-anesthetic medication before medical procedures. Its calming effects on the central nervous system make it effective in managing various anxiety-related conditions.
  • Valium: Valium, known as Diazepam, is a versatile benzodiazepine used for several conditions. It's prescribed for anxiety disorders, offering relief by calming excessive nervousness. Additionally, it's employed to alleviate muscle spasms, as a pre-anesthetic medication to relax patients before surgery, and to manage withdrawal symptoms in individuals recovering from alcoholism.
  • Xanax: Xanax, or Alprazolam, is highly effective in managing various anxiety-related conditions, including anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety linked with depression. It works relatively quickly in the body, providing rapid relief from acute anxiety symptoms, but it's also associated with a higher potential for dependence compared to some other benzodiazepines.
  • Klonopin: Klonopin, or Clonazepam, is frequently prescribed to manage seizure disorders like epilepsy due to its anticonvulsant properties. It's also effective in treating panic disorders by reducing the frequency and intensity of panic attacks. Its longer duration of action makes it useful for ongoing management rather than immediate relief.
  • Restoril: Restoril, or Temazepam, is primarily used for short-term treatment of insomnia. It helps individuals fall asleep faster and maintain a more extended period of uninterrupted sleep. Due to its sedative effects, it's prescribed cautiously for short durations to avoid dependence or tolerance.
  • Librium: Librium, which contains Chlordiazepoxide, is prescribed for anxiety disorders and is particularly useful in managing withdrawal symptoms in individuals recovering from alcoholism. It helps to alleviate the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, reducing the risk of seizures and other complications during detoxification.

Are you or a loved one struggling with benzo addiction or abuse? The Carter Treatment Center is here to help you rediscover your strength, get back on your feet, and move towards a bright future without benzo addiction through our top-rated outpatient program located in Cumming, GA. We offer a number of alternative therapies to act as an alternative to other treatment methods that might not be quite right for you.

Health Problems Caused by Benzodiazepines Addiction

Benzos are usually prescribed by doctors because they are effective at treating certain conditions, not because they are safe. In fact, if you are prescribed a benzo, then your doctor should have discussed a long list of potentially hazardous side effects with you. Using illegally manufactured benzos is all the more dangerous, as you cannot be certain what other substances might be laced into a “benzo” dosage.

Benzodiazepines, when used over an extended period or misused, can lead to addiction and dependency, resulting in the following short-term and long-term effects:

Short-term Effects of Benzodiazepine Addiction:
  • Euphoria and Sedation: Initially, individuals may experience feelings of relaxation, calmness, and euphoria due to the drug's calming effects on the central nervous system.
  • Drowsiness and Dizziness: Benzodiazepines can cause significant drowsiness, leading to sleepiness during the day, along with feelings of dizziness and impaired coordination.
  • Confusion and Impaired Judgment: Cognitive functions can be affected, leading to confusion, forgetfulness, and poor decision-making abilities.
  • Slurred Speech and Motor Impairment: Speech may become slurred, and fine motor skills can be affected, making tasks like driving unsafe.
  • Respiratory Issues: High doses or misuse of benzodiazepines can suppress the respiratory system, potentially leading to breathing difficulties or respiratory arrest in extreme cases.
  • Paradoxical Reactions: In some instances, benzodiazepines can cause paradoxical reactions, leading to increased anxiety, aggression, or agitation instead of relaxation.
Long-term Effects of Benzodiazepine Addiction:
  • Tolerance and Dependence: Over time, the body can develop a tolerance to benzodiazepines, requiring higher doses to achieve the same effect. Dependence can develop where the body becomes reliant on the drug to function normally.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: When a person stops using benzodiazepines suddenly after prolonged use, withdrawal symptoms can occur. These can include rebound anxiety, insomnia, irritability, tremors, sweating, nausea, and even seizures in severe cases.
  • Cognitive Impairment: Long-term use of benzodiazepines has been linked to cognitive impairment, including memory issues, difficulty concentrating, and decreased mental sharpness.
  • Psychological and Emotional Effects: Chronic benzodiazepine use may lead to emotional blunting, depression, and changes in mood due to alterations in brain chemistry.
  • Social and Occupational Issues: Addiction to benzodiazepines can disrupt personal relationships, affect job performance, and lead to social isolation due to the focus on obtaining and using the drug.
  • Increased Risk of Overdose: Combining benzodiazepines with other substances, particularly alcohol or opioids, can significantly increase the risk of overdose, which can be fatal.

Long-term benzodiazepine use should ideally be monitored closely by healthcare professionals to minimize the risk of addiction, dependence, and adverse effects. Gradual tapering under medical supervision is often necessary to safely discontinue benzodiazepine use and manage withdrawal symptoms. Therapy and support groups can also be beneficial for individuals struggling with benzodiazepine addiction.

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Our Approach to Benzodiazepines Addiction Treatments

When someone becomes addicted to benzos, it can feel as if they are losing control of their lives. Without repeated dosages, withdrawal symptoms can kick in and be dramatic, which forces the user into a harsh schedule of benzo use. The problem is the dosage will need to steadily increase, rising the chances of a life-threatening overdose each time.

We have found that alternative drug addiction treatments can be extremely effective for challenging benzo addiction. You will not only find a way to undo your cycle of drug abuse, but you will also find internal strength and external tools to regain control of your life and find confidence again.

Examples of some of our most popular alternative therapies include:

Patient-Focused Drug Addiction Therapy in Georgia

The Carter Treatment Center is known for helping people defeat benzo addiction in Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Dawsonville, Milton, Johns Creek, Gainesville, Suwanee, and Roswell, Georgia. If you live in any of those cities or a nearby region, call (678) 737-4430 to learn about admissions to one of our centers. We enjoy figuring out alternative treatment plans for the peoples of our communities who need support in drug addiction recovery.

  • Is benzo addiction treatment covered under my health insurance?
    The Carter Treatment Center is proud to be a member of The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and an accredited Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) member. Due to our memberships, background, and reputation, we are able to work with major insurance companies – such as Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Humana, COBRA, and Cigna – and accept more of their policies. If you get healthcare insurance through your employer, then there is a good chance that your benzo addiction treatments are covered and could be more affordable than you realize.
  • What are the dangers of sudden benzo cessation? Can they be avoided?
    Sudden benzo cessation or benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome can cause a variety of mild to severe symptoms, including insomnia, panic attacks, tremors, nausea, weight loss, and migraines. In rare cases, seizures can occur during benzo withdrawals, especially when the user stops taking the drug abruptly, rather than tapering off through a medically assisted recovery program. To avoid dangerous benzo withdrawal symptoms, you should work with our addiction treatment center for a comprehensive recovery program.
  • What is “benzo belly?”
    When discontinuing the use of a benzodiazepine, it is not uncommon for some people to experience stomach pains during withdrawals. This pain and discomfort, which can be accompanied by appetite loss, diarrhea, and constipation, is colloquially called “benzo belly.” Most people who experience “benzo belly” report that it lasts for a few weeks after the last dose they had of a benzodiazepine, but it can last longer. The lasting discomfort of “benzo belly” is one of the leading causes of relapse. Quitting benzo abuse with the support of a professional drug treatment center like ours can greatly reduce the risk of relapsing, and we can even discuss ways to alleviate “benzo belly” during withdrawal.
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