When someone is addicted to benzodiazepines, he or she can quickly begin to lose control of his or her life. The abuse of benzodiazepines, or “benzos”, becomes one’s main focus while other responsibilities prior to the abuse of these substances fall to the wayside.
While detox services are not offered at our JourneyPure Athens campus, JourneyPure has several other facilities that provide detox. We will make sure you receive the highest care of medical detoxification.
As a result, an individual can experience consequences in his or her professional life, academic life, personal life, and social life. Not to mention, the longer that the abuse of benzodiazepines continues for, the more likely an individual is to suffer an overdose, which can be fatal.
Today, the majority of people who abuse benzodiazepines are those who have been prescribed by a medical professional. It is reported that 95% of individuals who abuse benzodiazepines abuse other substances, too, and that these medications make up some of the most commonly prescribed substances in the United States. Within 2016 alone, more than 10,000 people across the country died because of benzodiazepine overdoses. So if you or someone you know struggle with benzo addiction, do not wait, reach out to JourneyPure’s benzodiazepine detox center in Athens, TN today.
What Are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a group of substances that are primarily used to treat anxiety disorders but are also utilized in the treatment of insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. Benzodiazepines include popular name-brand drugs such as Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. These substances are not designed for long-term use, rather for a short period of time or as needed (e.g. during a panic attack). Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants that help to properly regulate one’s blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, and body temperature.
As beneficial as benzodiazepines can be for those who are experiencing upsetting symptoms related to their anxiety or other health conditions, they can be equally as dangerous, as these substances are highly addictive when misused. Unfortunately, millions of people throughout the world abuse benzodiazepines and for countless reasons, including to experience a sense of relaxation and detachment from their surroundings. And while many people overdose on benzodiazepines each year, several others reach out for professional help. Making the effort to stop abusing benzodiazepines in the presence of professionals is extremely beneficial, as doing so can often time be painful and even life-threatening.
What To Expect At Our Benzodiazepine Detox Center in Athens, TN
When someone starts his or her benzodiazepine treatment, chances are that he or she will need to participate in some level of detox. Detox is the process of having addictive substances like benzodiazepines cleared from the body. Therefore, anyone who has developed a dependence on benzodiazepines (meaning that he or she cannot function physically and/or psychologically without abusing them) can benefit from our Athens, Tennessee benzodiazepine detox center.
JourneyPure’s benzodiazepine detox center in Athens focuses on getting clients to a place where they are physically and psychologically stable enough to move forward in their treatment programs. In order to do this, all clients will have access to both medical and mental health care professionals who can help guide them through what could otherwise be a very complex, challenging experience.
Medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, help clients who are detoxing from benzodiazepines in a number of ways, including by providing appropriate medications that will help ease the symptoms of withdrawal that can be experienced. One of the most common ways to help ensure that symptoms do not become problematic is by helping clients wean off of benzodiazepines. This is done when a medical professional administers smaller amounts of lesser strength benzodiazepines to the client and gradually decreases the dosage until he or she is no longer consuming any type of benzodiazepine.
From a psychiatric standpoint, being in detox for any type of substance can be taxing on one’s mental well-being. Therefore, mental health professionals are available on a regular basis to provide care should a client experience a psychological complication that needs attention.
Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can kick in a mere 24 hours after one’s last use and continue anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. In some instances, certain symptoms might continue for months to even years. And while not every benzodiazepine user has the same relationship and history with these substances as one another, it is not uncommon for nearly all benzodiazepine users to experience a variety of the following withdrawal symptoms while in a detox center:
- Muscle pain
- Poor concentration
Additionally, when detoxing from benzodiazepines, clients can experience what is known as “rebound symptoms”, such as anxiety and panic.
Dangers of Withdrawal
In general, the vast majority of substances that are commonly abused do not produce life-threatening symptoms. Benzodiazepines are not one of those substances; rather, if an individual stops his or her use, he or she can experience potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms.
Heart palpitations and high blood pressure are two of the most concerning withdrawal symptoms that can occur during a benzodiazepine detox. For example, heart palpitations signify an abnormal heart rhythm, which can cause dizziness, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain. These palpitations can trigger a more serious problem, such as a stroke or the development of blood clots. High blood pressure can also increase chances for stroke and blood clots, therefore when these two symptoms are combined, a client is at greater risk for suffering from one or both of these effects.
During benzo detox, it is also possible for individuals to suffer one or more seizures as the body tries to start functioning without the presence of benzodiazepines. The seizures themselves can be fatal depending on what type of seizure occurs, however, there lies a chance for fatality even if the seizure is not deadly, as, during a seizure, one can be involved in physical accidents such as falling down stairs, head trauma, and getting into a car accident if driving.
When those who are detoxing from benzodiazepines do so in the care of professionals, these risks can be minimized, and if they still do occur, the appropriate care can be administered within moments.
Get Professional Help At JourneyPure’s Benzodiazepine Detox in Athens, TN
If you are addicted to benzodiazepines and want to stop, do not try to do it alone. Reach out to JourneyPure’s benzodiazepine detox center in Athens, TN right now to get the support you need to make it through the pain of withdrawal symptoms and into the stages of care that will keep you from using again.