Benzodiazepine Dependence & Addiction

Benzodiazepines are anti-anxiety medications;

  • Xanax
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan
  • Valium

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.

The Process at Urban Recovery

In the beginning, you will develop a 10-day assessment plan with our team of professionals to determine the severity of the addiction. From there, we will work with you to determine whether is is best to stay for 35 days to 90 days. Our medical staff will lower the dosage of the substance and you will experience a withdrawal period.

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. 

Once you are feeling functional, you will then work with our therapists to determine the root cause of the addiction. From there, you will begin working on yourself, accepting your flaws and looking forward to a brighter future without the substance. We will also integrate your family in providing them the education they need to be supportive.

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. You are not your addiction and our team of medical staff will ensure that you are ready before heading back to your normal life.

Learn more about The Benefits and Risk of Benzodiazepines.

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