Benzo Treatment Program

Benzo Addiction Treatment at Banyan Chicago

Benzodiazepines, also known as benzos, are a type of psychoactive drugs that are used to treat high levels of anxiety, panic attacks, and sleeping disorders and are also used to prevent seizures. Some common benzodiazepines include Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. These drugs work by depressing the central nervous system to create a relaxing sensation for the user.

Typically, doctors will prescribe these medications for short-term use, but benzodiazepines have the potential for addiction if misused. Although they may seem safer because they were prescribed by a doctor, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs like benzodiazepines can be damaging to the person’s overall health. Prescription drug abuse of any kind is a growing concern in this country as more and more people are becoming physically dependent on these drugs. These addictions can be devasting to a person’s overall well-being as well as those closest to them, but there is benzodiazepine abuse treatment available to help these individuals overcome their substance abuse problems.

How to Treat a Benzodiazepine Addiction

Long-term abuse of benzos can lead to serious problems such as cognitive impairment, increased risk of accidents, and greater chance of hip fractures.1 An addiction will also lead to chemical brain changes that make it hard for a person to stop. If they do try to quit on their own, they will likely experience benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms that can be too overwhelming and lead to relapse. Because of the risk of long-term abuse as well as the difficulty in quitting on their own, the help of a benzo addiction treatment center is recommended.

Benzodiazepine addiction treatment can take time and a detox is only the first step. While this process helps rid the body of these drugs, many addicted individuals will still feel intense drug cravings and struggle to remain sober. In order to help these patients find long-term sobriety, an inpatient or partial hospitalization program will further aid in their recovery efforts. Patients in these programs can expect to participate in unique therapy programs that will help them get to the root of the addiction as well as learn how to manage future drug cravings as they transition back to their normal routines outside of treatment.

Our Benzo Treatment Program in Chicago

At our rehab center in Chicago, we take a comprehensive approach to benzo addiction treatment to help patients find lasting sobriety. Each patient’s addiction is unique so before treatment begins, we conduct a full clinical assessment. This thorough evaluation ensures that the patient’s treatment plan will address all of their needs and help them meet their recovery goals.

Some of the benzo addiction treatment methods and programming we offer include:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy programs
  • Addiction education
  • Family support groups
  • Relapse prevention techniques
  • And more

Along with utilizing a variety of treatment methods to aid our patients, our benzo addiction treatment program in Chicago helps people overcome this disease once and for all by treating the underlying mental health problems at play. Many people begin taking benzodiazepines for anxiety, but addiction occurs when they stop taking their medication as prescribed. They may come to rely on benzos to cope with their anxiety, and if this anxiety is left untreated, they will likely relapse. To avoid this unhealthy cycle, the patient will undergo anxiety and addiction treatment at our facility. Once they have come to confidently manage both problems, they can successfully transition back into their community.

If you or your loved one is suffering from a benzo addiction, help is available. Contact us today to learn more about our benzodiazepine abuse treatment program and the different levels of care we provide. It’s not too late to start over and take control over your addiction.

  1. AAFP - Risks Associated with Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use

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