Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
Benzodiazepines are a group of depressants including Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax that are used as sleep medication, in seizure preventions, and to relieve muscle spasms and anxiety. Like most depressants, long-term use of the drug increases both tolerance and dependence, leading to ever-increasing dosages in order to obtain the same level of effect. Abuse can also cause amnesia, disturbing dreams, and irritability, and when combined with alcohol or other depressants or narcotics such as heroin or cocaine, can quickly lead to coma and death.
Treatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction
Is not as common a problem as heroin or even hydrocodone treatment. Studies suggest that despite the hundreds of millions of benzodiazepine prescriptions written yearly, relatively few patients self-increase their dosages or seek the drug out beyond what is necessary, but addiction can develop, even when dosage instructions are followed.
After Detox Is Complete, the Patient Enters Rehabilitation for an Extended Period of Time
During which they actively participate in group and behavioral therapies in order to help them remain sober and reduce any psychological effects remaining from the addiction. The treatment program can last anywhere from 8 months to a year, at which point the patient is released; support groups (typically following the 12 Step format of Alcoholics Anonymous) are instituted for them in case help is needed to prevent relapse.