Benzodiazepines provide relief from symptoms of anxiety and panic disorder. However, many people who are prescribed these drugs struggle with dependency.

Benzo addiction is a common concern even if you only take the drugs for a short time. If you’re struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, call Lucida now at 844-874-8503 to begin your journey toward recovery.

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a type of sedative that augments the effects of GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Benzos also cause an increase in dopamine release, which triggers pleasurable feelings and a sense of ease.

Doctors prescribe benzos for anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia for short-term use.

They may cause a range of side effects, including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Poor balance
  • Lack of coordination
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Amnesia
  • Troubling dreams
  • Impaired judgment
  • Lowered inhibitions

Risks and Dangers of Benzo Addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to benzos, it is vital to meet with an addiction specialist. Benzodiazepine abuse can cause a range of potentially serious side effects, including:

  • Impairment of motor skills, including muscle strength, coordination and reflexes leading to higher risk of accidents.
  • Benzo addiction affects your emotional health. Chronic benzo users have a higher risk of becoming depressed or suicidal.
  • Benzo addiction may cause an inability to feel and express emotions.
    Long-term benzo addiction leads to memory and cognitive problems and may lead to dementia.
  • People who abuse benzos have a high risk of abusing other kinds of drugs. Up to 80% of benzo addicts abuse alcohol, opioids or other drugs.
  • Mixing benzos with alcohol or other drugs can lead to a fatal benzodiazepine overdose. Between 2002 and 2016, there was an eight-fold increase in benzo-related deaths. This increase was mostly due to mixing benzos with alcohol or other drugs.

Lucida Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Program

Before Treatment

Before you start your benzodiazepine addiction treatment program, you must withdraw from benzos and any other substances.

Benzo withdrawal leads to common side effects such as irritability, anxiety and insomnia. More rarely, people who are withdrawing from benzos have symptoms such as seizures, hallucinations and psychosis.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal is best performed under medical supervision. If you need to detox, we can recommend a trusted local detox facility to help you through the process.

Your Benzo Addiction Treatment Plan

Inpatient Benzo Rehab Program

In the inpatient benzo treatment program, clients live at Lucida Treatment Center full time. Each day, clients follow a full schedule of recovery-focused activities, such as therapy, education sessions and support groups. Individual and group therapy are both important parts of treatment.

At Lucida, we offer both traditional and alternative therapies. The treatment program includes:

  • Individual and group therapy sessions
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Coping and stress management skills
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Psychiatric care and medication management
  • Self-help support meetings for addiction, including AA and NA
  • 12-step alternatives such as SMART Recovery®
  • Long-term care planning
  • Monthly family therapy weekends
  • Optional weekly family therapy sessions
  • Yoga and meditation

Aftercare

Every recovering addict faces a lifelong risk of relapse. To help clients stay sober in the long term, Lucida offers aftercare for people who complete benzodiazepine addiction treatment.

As you work through the Lucida program, you’ll attend education sessions to help you develop an aftercare program. And once you leave Lucida, we’ll stay in touch to make sure you’re getting the support you need to stay sober. We can arrange follow-up visits and help you find support groups.

About Lucida

Lucida is next to Palm Beach County’s Intracoastal Waterway in Florida. Residential clients stay in private or semi-private suites in a gated community adjacent to the treatment center.

At Lucida Treatment Center, we aim to provide home comforts for all our residential clients. We offer modern, comfortable townhomes, with separate living areas for men and women.

Insurance

Financial arrangements should not be your main concern when entering into a recovery program. To make it easier on you, Lucida partners with several in-network and out-of-network insurance providers. We also offer private payment options.

You can call Lucida any time to confirm your insurance eligibility over the phone. If you decide to enter rehab, we can work with your insurance company to make sure you get the maximum possible coverage.

Getting to Lucida

If you live elsewhere in Florida or in another state, we can assist with travel for you, your travel companion and family members.

You Don’t Have to Live With Benzo Addiction

If you’re addicted to benzos, breaking free might seem like an impossible task. With the help of Lucida’s compassionate and supportive addiction specialists, you can begin the path to recovery with confidence.

Call Lucida today at 844-874-8503 to find out more about benzodiazepine addiction treatment.

This entry was posted on May 2, 2019 and modified on May 6, 2019
Krisi Herron

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