If you had been prescribed medications to combat anxiety, panic attacks or other mood disorders you more than likely were given a drug that is a benzodiazepine. Commonly known as benzos, these drugs are widely popular and are extremely effective in helping people overcome a variety of mental conditions. While effective in the short-term and as a part of a comprehensive plan of recovery, benzos are also highly addictive. If you or a loved one has become addicted to benzodiazepines, it is important to start your recovery process by seeking help at a benzodiazepine detox center.
Are you seeking benzo detox in Orange County? Call SoCal Detox Center today and speak to one of our experienced representatives.
What Are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs that have sedative and anti-anxiety properties. Most commonly, these drugs are used to treat anxiety and insomnia and have also been used for alcohol withdrawal and seizures. Benzos work by enhancing effects of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is responsible for reducing the activity of neurons that cause us stress and anxiety.
Examples of benzodiazepines include Xanax, Ambien and Lexapro, and benzos are among the most popular prescribed drugs in the United States. According to a report issued by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) in 2008, 1 in 20 adults over the age of 18 received a prescription for a benzodiazepine. These drugs continue to be extremely popular because of their effectiveness in helping calm the mind. Unfortunately, benzos are also highly addictive, and if they are taken for longer than prescribed and not under close medical supervision, people can become hooked.
Why Detox is Necessary for Benzodiazepine Withdrawal
If you are looking for help for your benzo addiction, you may be wondering why you first need to undergo treatment at a benzodiazepine detox center. The reasons are actually very simple: if you choose to abruptly stop taking a benzodiazepine, the withdrawal symptoms that you can experience can be life threatening. Benzos substantially increase the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Dopamine acts as a “natural high” and it acts upon brain regions that regulate rewards and how we feel pleasure.
When they are abused, benzos such as Xanax are extremely dangerous because these drugs will shut down the body’s dopamine manufacturing centers. In order for the brain to produce any dopamine, they will have to take more benzodiazepines, and as a result, they will develop a physical and psychological dependence to these drugs. Since benzos completely take over the production of GABA molecules, users can experience severe withdrawal symptoms that can be felt within a few hours after their last dose.
These withdrawal symptoms have enormous impacts on an individual’s heartbeat and breathing. Additional withdrawal symptoms can include sweating, nausea, vomiting, depression, and tremors. Because of the enormous health risks involved in benzo withdrawal, trying methods of self-detox or quitting “cold turkey” is highly unadvisable. To truly break free from benzo addiction, you need to withdraw from them safely and under the close supervision of experienced personnel. You can find this level of care and compassion at an Orange County benzodiazepine detox center.
How to Properly Detox from Benzodiazepines at Our Orange County Center
If you or a loved one is struggling with a benzo addiction and are looking to break the grip of addiction, it the safest method to minimize the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that you can experience is through a gradual tapering down of the drug. To help minimize those symptoms, individual attention from an experienced team makes all the difference. As withdrawal symptoms begin to subside clients are better able to see a clear path to the end of addiction.
In addition to managing withdrawal symptoms, treatment staff at our Orange County benzodiazepine detox center will also conduct comprehensive evaluations. The purpose of these evaluations is to uncover any co-occurring disorders that may complicate the recovery process. These findings will allow staff to create an initial treatment plan that will be used once you are ready to transition into drug treatment.
Stop Abusing Benzos Today at SoCal Detox Center
When you are ready and willing to get help for your benzo addiction, your best choice for quality detox services is SoCal Detox Center. When you enter our Orange County benzodiazepine detox center, you will receive around-the-clock care from our experienced staff. You will not only receive the help you need to make the withdrawal process as comfortable as possible, you will receive comprehensive care, so that your entry into drug treatment is a success. Call SoCal Detox Center today and start your journey to sobriety on the right track.