Nearly 150 million people in the U.S. struggle with some form of alcohol use. The number of people taking Benzodiazepines has more than doubled in the last ten years. If you are dealing with just one of these issues, it can be a challenge; but if you are dealing with both, it can be devastating. When you are ready to get help, you might ask, do I need separate detoxes if I have alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency.
Alcohol and Benzo Abuse
Benzodiazepines or Benzos are a class of drugs that include sedative and tranquilizers and treat a variety of disorders including anxiety and insomnia and include drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. Statistics show that as many as 50 percent of people with alcoholism also struggle with Benzodiazepine abuse which could be related to the fact that Valium (Diazepam) is often used in alcoholism treatment. When Benzos are mixed with alcohol they increase the alcohol’s effects; depressing the central nervous system and respiratory system and can be fatal. In spite of the evidence to support the dangers of mixing alcohol and Benzodiazepines, it is one of the most common causes of intoxication-related emergency department admissions and accidents.
Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Detox Treatment
The best way to stop using alcohol and benzodiazepines is to seek professional assistance from an inpatient detox treatment. Trying to stop on your own – especially cold turkey – can be dangerous, even fatal. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening without the proper medical treatment. There is no need to detox separately for alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency. Whether you choose to detox in a hospital or private detox facility, the detox treatment should be able to address both substances and it will take approximately seven to ten days to complete the process, depending on the severity of the abuse. However, the level of comfort that you experience will be determined by the method of detox. For example, most hospitals rely on oral medications which take a certain amount of time for the body to process, which will leave you to deal with the withdrawal symptoms on your own. An alternative is a private detox facility which specializes in IV therapy medical detox, which is a faster delivery because the medication goes directly into the blood stream. Since there is no wait time for the body to process the medication, patients have immediate relief from withdrawal. Are you concerned that you will need separate detoxes for alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to learn more about our facility and IV therapy medical detox treatment.