Summit Malibu Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Treatment in Los Angeles, California offers an inpatient residential program for safe and effective benzo detox and addiction recovery. Our industry-leading treatment facility specializes in residential inpatient substance use addiction recovery and medical detox in a private, luxury setting We offer addiction treatment and detox for all forms of substance use including, alcohol, opioids, prescription medications and illegal drugs. Benzodiazepine addiction, dependence, and misuse is quickly becoming a silent problem in America that many view as more dangerous than the opioid epidemic, especially when users try to quit.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Treatment in Los Angeles, California
Safe Recovery for Benzo Addiction, Detox and Withdrawal
Why is Benzo Treatment Necessary?
The Summit Malibu Benzo Addiction and Detox Program provides concierge-level monitoring by highly trained addiction and medical professionals to ensure the highest quality of care for you or someone you care about. All forms of addiction treatment and detox require special attention, but benzodiazepine withdrawal can be especially problematic. Inpatient detox is specifically required for Summit Malibu residents who are using or addicted to benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and others before beginning our residential recovery program. Detox and withdrawal from benzos can be extremely dangerous or even fatal if not properly monitored by a trained physician.
What are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines, or Benzos, are a class of drugs known as sedatives or depressants, which decrease brain activity and are prescribed for treating a range of conditions like anxiety or insomnia. The exact way they work is not completely understood, but it is known that they interact with neurotransmitters in the brain to reinforce brain and nerve activity. Benzodiazepines mainly affect the inhibitory neurotransmitter known as GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid), by enhancing its activity. Low GABA activity can cause issues like anxiety or other mood disorders, and benzos work to increase GABA production in the brain.
Medical Uses For Benzodiazepines
There are several types of benzodiazepines and many variations that usually differ depending on how quickly they begin working and the duration of the effects. These features often determine the conditions they will be used to treat. Benzos are generally categorized as short, intermediate, or long acting. Hypnotics are shorter acting drugs used for sleep issues, while Anxiolytics last longer and work for anxiety and similar conditions.
Common Uses of Benzodiazepines Include
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Seizures or convulsions
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Anesthesia during surgery
- Muscle relaxation
- Psychiatric emergencies like psychosis or schizophrenia
- Restless legs syndrome
- Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Commonly Prescribed Benzodiazepines
These are some of the most commonly prescribed benzodiazepines in the United States, with the generic name first and the (brand name in parentheses).
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Clorazepate (Tranxene)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Estazolam (Prosom)
- Flurazepam (Dalmane)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Midazolam (Versed)
- Oxazepam (Serax)
- Temazepam (Restoril)
- Triazolam (Halcion)
- Quazepam (Doral)
Are Benzodiazepines Addictive?
Benzodiazepines are addictive and should only be used for a short time to manage the symptoms of a condition, and the shorter the better.
It is recommended to only use benzos for up to several weeks, and the longer a person uses them, the greater the chances for developing a dependence or addiction.
For individuals with certain personality disorders or a prior history of drug or alcohol dependence, the risk of addiction increases.
Unfortunately, many doctors who prescribe benzodiazepines don’t fully understand the true nature of this class of medication or the potential for addiction and withdrawal.
All drugs of addiction produce withdrawal side effects when a person tries to quit, but benzos are notoriously difficult and dangerous and must be properly tapered off instead of quitting all at once.
Benzo withdrawal, detox, and addiction treatment must be done under the guidance and supervision of trained addictionologists and psychiatrists because most general prescribing doctors are not trained in the safe and proper protocols.
Do You Need Benzo Treatment?
Benzodiazepine Side Effects
Benzodiazepines are a unique type of medication used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions like anxiety, and for many people, they work well in the short term.
It’s common for people to experience a range of side effects, either from short or long-term use. Some people even have side effects for the very condition they are trying to treat, such as people with anxiety noticing an increase in anxiety while taking or quitting benzos.
Using benzos in combination with other drugs or alcohol can increase the chances of adverse side effects and many times will make them worse.
It is very rare for anyone to overdose on benzodiazepines alone, although taking other substances such as opioids or drinking alcohol with them can increase the risk of an overdose.
Typical Benzodiazepine Side Effects
- Feeling drowsy or sedated
- Blurry vision
- Slurred speech or trouble speaking
- Confusion or disorientation
- Weakness in the muscles
- Cognitive or memory difficulties
- Anxiety or depression
- Low blood pressure
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Irritability or aggression
- Shaking and tremors
- Low sex drive
- Suicidal thoughts or ideations
These are only some of the side effects of benzodiazepines and each person will react differently depending on the type of medication they are using, the duration of use, dosage, and condition being treated.
Using other medications or substances at the same time will also play a role, and people who are addicted to benzos may notice additional effects.
One of the biggest problems people face is the urge to quit taking the medication all at once. This often causes dangerous benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms that are worse than the initial side effects
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms appear when a person stops taking the drug after using it for a period of time or developing a dependence to the medication.
Benzo withdrawal symptoms will vary widely for each person and depend largely on the type of drug used, length of time, and method of stopping use of the medication.
Stopping all at once without tapering down the dose over time can cause severe withdrawal symptoms with numerous complications.
Withdrawal symptoms and side effects usually begin within 24 hours of the last dose and the severity and nature will depend on several factors.
Fast acting, short duration benzos will have different side effects and symptoms than slow acting, long duration drugs.
The symptoms and duration of Xanax withdrawal are usually much different than Klonopin, so it’s imperative to work with an addiction and detox specialist who understands the nuances of each type of drug.
Rebound Withdrawal Symptoms often appear quickly and resemble the condition the drug was used to treat, like a return or rebound of anxiety or insomnia. Sometimes the rebound symptoms are worse than before a person began taking the medication.
Acute and Protracted Withdrawal Symptoms can begin after several days and may last for a few weeks, months, or up to a year or more for some people.
These are generally new symptoms not related to the initial diagnosis and can include those listed above for typical benzodiazepine side effects.
They may also include more severe complications like stomach issues, seizures, psychosis, excitotoxicity, or delirium tremens.
Because benzodiazepines are prescribed by a doctor, most people consider them to be safe until they struggle with complications or adverse health events.
The first reaction is to stop taking them altogether, which often causes even worse withdrawal symptoms. When this happens, withdrawal treatment and detox becomes a necessity.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal and Detox Treatment
Benzodiazepines are extremely complex medications that can cause many adverse health effects. If all of this sounds complicated, it is.
Many doctors who prescribe benzos don’t understand the nuances or ramifications of this class of drugs, which is why they cause so many problems with addiction and withdrawal when people try to stop taking them.
Addictionologists have a better understanding than traditional doctors or psychiatrists of benzodiazepine withdrawal, detox, and addiction, as well as the most effective treatment methods.
The Summit Malibu Treatment Team has extensive training and experience for properly tapering our clients off benzodiazepines to ensure a safe and comfortable withdrawal during detox.
After a thorough medical assessment, our clients will begin the inpatient detox phase of recovery where they will be monitored by a physician and trained support staff 24 hours a day.
The initial acute phase of benzo detox generally takes a week to 15 days depending on each person’s individual circumstances.
During that time, each person’s progress is continually monitored for his or her comfort and safety.
We use Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) approaches when needed to manage severe withdrawal symptoms to assure a comfortable detox. This treatment method involves the use of a different class of medications to manage certain types of symptoms.
We are licensed for Incidental Medical Services and provide in-house vitamin drips for those who will benefit from them.
In addition, our onsite nursing staff is available 24/7 to oversee the safety and comfort of our residents.
Summit Malibu is licensed by the state of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Joint Commission Accredited, which is the Gold Standard of addiction treatment.
We take extra steps to provide the highest levels of patient safety and quality of care available.
As the longest running boutique treatment center in Malibu, our goal is to heal our residents in a luxury treatment environment.
To learn more about our Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Detox and Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, California, call us at (310) 742-1882