Xanax, Ativan, Halcion, Klonopin and Valium are different medications that fall in the category of drugs known as Benzodiazepines (Benzos) and they can lead to addiction. One of the most frequently asked questions from someone wanting to quit taking Benzos is how long does it take to detox from long-term Benzodiazepine use? Benzodiazepines are prescriptions sedatives or tranquilizers and they are most often used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety. Due to the side effects of withdrawal, most physicians recommend a professional Benzo detox if you want to quit taking Benzodiazepines.
How Do Benzodiazepines Work?
Benzodiazepines change the chemistry in the brain, meaning that it works on Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) receptors and cause the nerves (neurotransmitters) to fire more quietly. In short Benzos cause the GABA receptors to become more sensitive which means less GABA is produced. The result is that it calms things down.
Quitting Benzo Use
The number of individuals seeking Benzodiazepine detox has nearly doubled over the last two decades. Although Benzos have been relatively safe for short-term use; long-term use has been known to produce significant side effects. Quitting Benzo use with the help of a professional detox facility is the most advised approach. Depending on the severity of the Benzo dependency, discontinued use – especially with long-term abuse – will produce withdrawal symptoms including:
- Severe migraine headaches
- Muscle/joint pain
- Intense anxiety/irritability
- Memory loss
It is not uncommon for some people to experience Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) after Xanax detox and other Benzo detox.
Choosing the Best Benzodiazepine Detox
While there are many different options to choose from, most doctors discourage the use of a rapid detox when it comes to Benzodiazepine detox. The best option is a medical detox that uses IV therapy during the process which will not only safely help to ease through the withdrawal symptoms but also provide the much needed medical supervision for Benzo detox. Even though detox from long-term benzodiazepine use will take from seven to ten days, it will most likely take several months and in some cases slightly longer, for the brain to return to normal non-drug activity. Patients who successfully complete Benzodiazepine detox are encouraged to follow-up with rehab treatment, a behavioral therapy or support group, especially after long-term Benzo use where a lifestyle change may be in order. If you would like to know more about IV therapy, Benzo detox or withdrawal from long-term Benzo use; call Gallus Detox Center at 855-338-6929.