Benzos Addiction Treatment

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Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a class of prescription drugs often called tranquilizers. They are commonly prescribed to Atlanta residents to treat insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks and include the following drugs:

  • Valium
  • Librium
  • Xanax

Benzos work by enhancing the effect of neurotransmitters in the brain to create a sense of calm. When taken for short periods of time as directed they are relatively safe and carry little risk of overdose. However, effects produced by the drugs such as confusion and short-term memory loss can be dangerous, especially when benzos are combined with alcohol or antihistamines.

Long-term use by Atlanta residents can lead to tolerance, and physical and psychological dependence. Possible signs of addiction include the following:

  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal when medication is discontinued
  • Taking the drug in ways and at doses other than prescribed by a physician
  • Preoccupation with acquiring the drug
  • Social isolation resulting from increased use

People who abruptly stop taking benzos sometimes experience seizures, delirium tremens and possible death. Medical supervision is vital for a safe recovery.

Treatment Options for Atlanta Residents Addicted to Benzos

Treatment for benzo addictions begins with detoxification. During detox an individual is given lower and lower doses of the drug in order to wean off slowly and minimize side effects.  The process can take 3 to 30 days depending on the severity of the addiction. Once the drug is removed treatment for other aspects of the addiction begins. Treatment approaches may include the following components:

  • Counseling to identify emotional and mental issues behind the addiction
  • Ongoing therapy to boost coping skills and prevent relapse
  • Family therapy for affected loved ones
  • Attending a support group meeting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to correct faulty thinking and generate healthy emotions
  • Spiritual guidance

In treatment many people not only get sober but also learn how to live a healthy life.

Getting Help for Benzo Addiction

If you or a loved one in the Atlanta area is struggling with a benzo addiction, we can help. Recovery counselors are available at our toll-free 24 hour helpline to help you make the transition from addiction to a drug-free life. You don’t have to go it alone; help is just one phone call away. You never have to go back to a life of addiction. Please call today.