24 Dec How In-Home Detox Can Help With Benzodiazepine Addiction
Benzodiazepine addiction happens when a person becomes dependent on this type of drug. Whether an addiction is recent or longstanding, rehabilitation is possible, and at-home benzodiazepine addiction treatment can help.
How In-Home Benzodiazepine Addiction Rehab Can Help You
Benzodiazepine addiction occurs when a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on this type of drug. Benzodiazepine addiction can impact personal relationships, career, and short and long-term health. When a person overdoses on benzodiazepines, they are at risk of death. Treating benzodiazepine is most successful when managed by a medical professional.
Elite Home Detox does not do one-size-fits-all rehab programs. We evaluate every individual’s situation, medical history, and lifestyle to build a recovery plan designed around every patient’s unique needs.
What to Expect From At-Home Benzodiazepine Addiction Rehabilitation
Here’s what patients can expect from our benzodiazepine addiction rehabilitation program:
- Initial evaluation of the patient’s health and medical history.
- Full examination of the patient including heart rate, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and lab tests (as determined by our medical director). This information helps us build a complete picture of the patient’s health to design the best treatment plan for the individual. This exam also gives us a baseline we use to gauge a patient’s progress through detox.
- Building the patient’s addiction rehabilitation plan after our medical director analyzes the exam and lab tests (if any were performed). We collaborate with every patient to create a custom treatment plan tailored to the patient’s health, lifestyle, and addiction recovery goals.
- Benzodiazepine detox, the first and most important step in the addiction recovery journey, removes this drug from the body and weans the body off its dependency on this drug.
- Periodic monitoring during benzodiazepine detox may include lab tests so that we can better evaluate the patient’s progress through detox and make changes to the plan as necessary.
Following detox, we provide aftercare services such as therapy, coaching, or counseling to address long-term behavioral habits that help patients avoid relapse.
How To Recognize A Benzodiazepine Addiction
Since doctors prescribe benzodiazepines to help patients manage certain health conditions, it isn’t always easy to identify if a person has an addiction to benzodiazepines. A change in a person’s normal habits or behaviors is one of the first indications that they may have developed an addiction to this drug.
Signs a person may have benzodiazepine addiction include:
- Erratic behavior
- Mood changes
- Poor judgment or thinking
- Blurred vision
- A person has many pill bottles, sometimes with another person’s name on them or from multiple doctors
- A person asks for other peoples’ unused benzodiazepine prescriptions
- The person cannot stop or reduce the amount of benzodiazepines they use despite trying to do so
- A noticeable change in attendance of work, school, or other personal obligations
- Withdrawal from typical activities, hobbies, and interests
- A person continues to use benzodiazepines despite potential career or personal consequences
- A person uses benzodiazepines longer than prescribed by their doctor
The cravings and withdrawal symptoms that come with benzodiazepine detox can make quitting difficult because the body has become dependent on the effects of this drug. Either cutting back the dose or stopping the use of benzodiazepines can cause withdrawals, which generally begin 24 hours after the last use. Withdrawal symptoms are one of the biggest reasons a person relapses (resumes using drugs).
Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle aches or pains
- Confusion and/or dizziness
- Hallucinations, delusions, and/or paranoia
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Difficulty remembering or concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
Whether a person has a recent or longstanding addiction to benzodiazepines, recovery is possible. Withdrawals from benzodiazepines can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, depending on the individual. Medically managed detox with Elite Home Detox makes this process as safe and comfortable as possible for the patient.
Benzodiazepine Abuse and Addiction Facts
Benzodiazepines are prescription sedatives that are prescribed by doctors to manage a variety of health conditions, including insomnia, seizures, and muscle spasms. Benzodiazepines are safe to use when prescribed in therapeutic doses for short amounts of time and, crucially, the patient uses them as prescribed.
Benzodiazepines are highly addictive, and addiction addiction happens when a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on this drug.
Addiction can be dangerous because over time, the user can build up a tolerance to the effects of this drug. After developing a tolerance, a person needs increasingly larger doses to achieve the same effect. At a high enough dose, a person can overdose on benzodiazepines with potentially fatal consequences. Addiction is even more dangerous when benzodiazepines are prescribed alongside prescription opioids, with 30% of opioid deaths involving benzodiazepines.
Short and Long-Term Side Effects Of Benzodiazepine Addiction
Benzodiazepines can be beneficial in treating certain health conditions for short amounts of time. However, there are many potential short-term and long-term side effects of taking this drug.
Short-term side effects can include:
- Drowsiness and fatigue
- Dizziness, vertigo
- Behavior changes
Long-term side effects can include:
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased coordination
- Changes in memory, thinking, or judgment
- Tolerance to benzodiazepines
In-Home Benzodiazepine Addiction Recovery with Elite Home Detox
Elite Home Detox brings the services of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation clinics to the comfort of a patient’s home. Every one of our treatment plants are tailored to the individual to address every patient’s unique circumstances and needs.
In-home benzodiazepine recovery is an effective and convenient solution for busy individuals.
In-home rehab means that our patients get dedicated, one-on-one attention, unlike a traditional addiction rehabilitation clinic, where patients may meet in groups.
Elite Home Detox provides a 24/7 onsite nurse to monitor the patient, make changes to the treatment plan as necessary, and coach the patient through the challenges of detox. We are with our patients every step of the way to ensure a safe recovery with long-lasting results.
Convenient and private
Inpatient and outpatient clinics require patients to travel in-town or out of town, increasing the costs of treatment and taking up significant amounts of the patient’s time. In-home addiction rehabilitation minimizes disruptions to the patient’s schedule and routine without compromising the quality of care.
Since addiction rehabilitation is a personal and involved process, many patients prefer privacy while recovering. That’s why Elite Home Detox brings our services directly to our patients for maximum discretion.
Comprehensive, quality care
There are many factors that can contribute to a person developing an addiction to benzodiazepines. These same factors need to be addressed during rehab in order to prevent relapse. From detox to counseling that helps patients develop healthy lifestyle habits, Elite Home Detox offers the same services as traditional rehab clinics.
Our nurses are experts at helping patients through detox and addiction recovery. Every patient’s program is overseen by our medical director to ensure the best at-home care possible.