What to Expect from Benzodiazepine Detox
Benzodiazepine addiction keeps most people frozen in fear; afraid because they do not know what to expect from Benzodiazepine detox; helpless to get the help they need to overcome their dependency.
Long-term Use Leads to Dependency
The statistics of the number of people addicted to Benzos is outstanding. More than 30 million adults take sedatives and over 22 million women are on anti-depressants. Add to that the millions who depend on anxiety medications and you will see that Benzodiazepine abuse is out of control. For many years doctors claimed that it was unlikely that someone could become dependent upon drugs like Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax and Valium because they were only meant to be used for a short period of time. However, research has proven otherwise. Today, we know that these drugs are taken over longer periods and that with long-term use, tolerance and dependency are certainties.
How Benzodiazepine is Effective
Benzodiazepine works by altering brain chemistry, particularly the Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) receptors and decreasing the amount of GABA, which in turn slows activity. If you have taken drugs from the Benzo family for a long period of time, your brain has become accustomed to the drug, therefore quitting a drug such as Xanax or Klonopin (or any of the other drugs from the class) would be traumatizing to the brain. Reports show that individuals who suddenly stopped Benzodiazepine use suffered terrifying nightmares, delusions, went into seizures and even died. It is strongly recommended by doctors that if you want to quit taking the drug you need to seek professional assistance from a medical detox facility.
Most people begin to experience Benzodiazepine withdrawal within a few hours after the last time they used the drug. The intensity of withdrawal depends on the severity of the use. Someone who has not taken Benzo drugs for very long or at a lesser dose may not experience the same intensity of symptoms of an individual who has taken them for a long period of time.
The Method of Detox Makes the Difference
What should you expect from Benzodiazepine detox in an inpatient facility? An inpatient medical detox will give you time to rest while the drugs are removed from your body. An inpatient stay will last from seven to ten days and in some cases a little longer. If you choose a program that uses oral medications, it is very likely that you could experience some discomfort because it takes time for the body to process oral medication. On the other hand, if you choose a medical detox treatment that features IV therapy your comfort level is increased and so are your chances at successfully completing Benzodiazepine detox. Gallus Detox Center is a private medical detox facility that specializes in IV therapy detox. To learn more about our facility and treatment call us today at 855-338-6929.