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Benzodiazepines are a commonly prescribed medication for anxiety, seizures, and insomnia. They can produce a calming, focused state that makes it easier to relax. Unfortunately, long-term and inappropriate use of benzodiazepines can result in dependence. The more you use them, the more your brain begins to rely on them to produce chemicals that it can already make on its own. When you cut yourself off from benzodiazepines, it will take your brain time to start adjusting its own production levels. This imbalance is part of what causes withdrawal symptoms.
Benzodiazepines should be used moderately, if at all. Part of what makes a benzodiazepine addiction so dangerous is that it can negatively react with other substances, including a potentially fatal combination if mixed with alcohol. At Dana Point Rehab Campus, we provide medical detoxification for benzodiazepines. Our campus also includes addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs, so you can begin your complete, personalized recovery as soon as your detoxification is complete.
What Are Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms?
Symptoms of benzodiazepines withdrawal are often mental and physical. Your brain goes into a state of shock when it is cut off from benzodiazepines right away. The degree to which these symptoms occur depends on your medical condition, how long you took the drug, and how often you took it.
Some symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal include:
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty speaking
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate
Withdrawal symptoms usually occur in two phases. During the first two weeks, the symptoms are mostly physical, although cravings and irritability are not uncommon. In the following two weeks, symptoms become more psychological, including high levels of anxiety and strange or unpleasant dreams. These symptoms should start to taper off by the end of the fourth week.
The Detoxification Process
Detoxification needs to be adjusted and personalized based on the unique situation of the patient. In medical detox, patients are monitored by medical professionals who will intervene when necessary to treat and prevent more serious withdrawal symptoms. This may involve using low dosages of other drugs that serve as antagonists to benzodiazepines.
At Dana Point Rehab Campus, we carefully consider the needs of each person when planning their detoxification. During your detox, we will also begin preparing your addiction treatment and rehabilitation program so that you can immediately begin the next phase of recovery.