Benzo Detox

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Benzo Detox

Benzo Detox

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Benzodiazepine / Benzo Detox

Benzodiazepines or ‘Benzos’ for short is a class of prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders and seizures. These substances can also aid in muscle relaxation. These drugs are classified as ‘depressants’ because of their method of interacting with the human brain. Benzos dampen the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism in its user. The drug does this by activating the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma amino-butyric acid) which acts like a natural sedative.


 “Rebound, an aspect of withdrawal, in which the individual develops anxiety, insomnia, or other serious emotional reactions that are more intense than before drug treatment began.”

-Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry

Short Term Benzo Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

A rebound effect can happen during a Benzo detox. The brain struggles to find balance in it’s GABA levels. This can lead to intense anxiety and insomnia during the early stages of withdrawal.

Most withdrawal symptoms occur during the early part of benzo detox and include:
  • Tension Panic Attakcs
  • Tremors Difficulty Concentrating
  • Short-term Memory Loss Anxiety
  • Irritability Disturbed Sleep
  • Headache Heart Palpitations
  • Sweating Nausea
  • Muscle Pain/Stiffness Hypertension
  • Irregular Heart Rate
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Side Effects Of A Benzo Detox

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There are other more serious side effects that can occur during a Benzo detox. These side effects include, extreme confusion, hallucinations, seizures and fever. The Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association states “Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be life-threatening due to grand-mal seizures that may result in coma or death in someone heavily dependent on benzodiazepines who stops taking them suddenly.” Psychological symptoms can last for several months even years in about 10% of Benzodiazepine addicts. This is called ‘protracted withdrawal’. ABC News reported that “anxiety and psychological withdrawal symptoms may continue for several month or even years in about 10 percent of those addicted to a benzodiazepines.” Therapy and mental health services help manage this condition.

A Benzodiazepine’s method of action will differ based on how they are produced.

For example a short-acting benzo will have a shorter half-life and a faster onset than an extended release benzo. Per the medical journal site Primary Psychiatry “Short-acting benzodiazepines include Halcion (triazolam) and Serax (oxazepam), Ativan (lorazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) are intermediate-acting, and Valium (diazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Librium (chlordiazepoxide) are long-acting.” When designing an individualized benzo detox, knowing which form of the drug was abused is important to know.

A benzodiazepine addiction is a horrible experience for a suffer to go through.

This addiction can be beaten though. Elevate’s addiction treatment is tailored to each of our clients. We are located in Santa Cruz county countryside. We have been established for over 20 years and our staff reflects that experience. Most of our staff has their own personal experience with addiction. Because of this our staff can relate to our clients. More importantly our clients will never feel judged while going through our addiction treatment center. Our goal is to show the addict how satisfying life can be living sober.

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