Benzodiazepine Addiction: Xanax & Valium
We Treat Benzodiazepine Addiction
Diazepam first marketed as Valium and other drugs such as Alprazolam (Xanax) fall under the category of a benzodiazepine drug. They are commonly used to treat a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, seizures, muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, opiate withdrawal syndrome, and Meniere’s disease. They possess anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, hypnotic, sedative, skeletal muscle relaxant, and amnestic properties. These drugs can also lead to benzodiazepine addiction.
About Benzodiazepine Addiction
Benzodiazepine Addiction can cause or worsen depression, particularly after extended periods of use. Long-term effects of benzodiazepines include tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal syndrome upon dose reduction. After cessation of benzodiazepines, cognitive deficits may persist for at least six months and longer than six months may be needed for recovery from some deficits.
Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and a range of other conditions. They are one of the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S., particularly among elderly patients. Benzodiazepines possess sedative, hypnotic, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxant properties.
This class of drugs is highly addictive and can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Often times these medications are prescribed by a doctor and the patient does not even know a dependency has been developed until they try to stop.
At JC Recovery Center we provide the tools needed to stop the use of these drugs. We offered a 5-7-day stay in a medical detox center to get the drug out of the patient’s system both gradually and painlessly. The goal of the medical detox is to make sure the patient is comfortable while they go through the process.
How JC Recovery Center Treats Benzodiazepine Addiction
Once Detox is completed you will enter the treatment center. At this point, you will undergo a full medical assessment and a psychiatric evaluation. JC Recovery Center tries to get to the underlying causes of why we started taking benzodiazepine medications to being with. A full neurological examination will also be completed.
Based on the evaluations as well as past history, JC Recovery Center will prepare an individualized treatment plan that addresses all issues and personal needs. Over the course of the time in treatment, you would work with a therapist to complete this treatment plan. Often times medication management is used to address depression, anxiety, and other ailments.
JC Recovery Center employs trauma-focused group therapy to address secrets, shame, guilt, and anger, feeling that often come with drug dependency. We realize that we are not bad people trying to “get good” but that we are sick people trying to get well. We offer a full self-esteem curriculum to help our clientele develop positive self-worth. We also offer cognitive behavioral therapy and help our clients develop healthy coping skills that will help them in everyday life situations.
One thing that JC Recovery Center prides itself on is the involvement and the damage we help heal families. Often times drug dependency can lead to family disputes or resentment issues. We offer family therapy to help restore families and build pathways to healthy relationships.
JC Recovery Center also offers full case management to help our clientele deal with the issues they may have let go while in active addiction. Case management helps develop life skills and helps to address things that come up in daily living. This case management service will also help develop a full aftercare plan and follow up services.
In addition to our inpatient treatment program, we offer a full continuum of care with Intensive outpatient programs and sober living communities.