Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety medications;
Benzodiazepines can be very effective in reducing anxiety and panic… in the short term. Unfortunately, when they wear off, they tend to produce a rebound anxiety effect that leads to escalating tolerance and dependence. Because they are respiratory and nervous system depressors that bind to the same neuro-receptors as alcohol, the combination of benzodiazepines with alcohol or opioids can lead not just to black-outs but death.
Like alcohol, sudden withdrawal from benzodiazepines can produce life-threatening seizures.
At UR, we provide round-the-clock medical supervision during the initial tapering process and coordinate a reasoned and conservative treatment plan with your trusted practitioners to allow for the least amount of discomfort and risk in completing a taper post-discharge.
While you are with us, our experienced clinicians facilitate alternative coping skills for stress and anxiety that work from the inside-out to build confidence and empowerment.