Benzodiazepines are drugs primarily used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and insomnia, and they include household names such as Valium, Ativan, and Xanax. They are some of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States, with statistics from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicating that over 100 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines are filled each year. While benzodiazepines don’t pose much of a threat when taken in the proper doses as prescribed by a doctor, they do carry a potential for tolerance, dependency, and abuse that should not be overlooked.
Benzodiazepines are most dangerous when combined with other drugs, including alcohol. These types of combinations can lead to blacking out or even to death. In contrast to some other types of addictive substances, benzodiazepines can have many positive effects on the human body, which is why they are prescribed so regularly. However, because of the likelihood of dependence and tolerance, it’s critical to be on the lookout for abuse. Symptoms of abuse can include drowsiness, anxiety, insomnia, and difficulty breathing, among others.
Because of the strong potential for both physical and psychological dependence, it’s important not to underestimate the difficulty of weaning yourself off benzodiazepines. Depending on how long the patient has been using benzodiazepines and the dosage taken, the withdrawal symptoms can range from sleep irritability, anxiety, and panic attacks to hallucinations, seizures, and even suicide. This is why patients are strongly advised to enroll in a facility where they will have the opportunity to detox while under the watch of a fully trained staff that will be attentive to all their physical, emotional, and mental health needs.
Ultimately, the goal of our private residential facility is to enable patients to end their harmful addiction and regain a sense of confidence. Throughout the detox process, our staff of doctors, nurses, counselors, and therapists are all here to make you as comfortable as possible during this challenging period. By the time you leave our facility, we strive to empower you to live independently of your addiction, and you’ll be fully prepared to proactively make the best decisions for your future.
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