When someone is suffering from insomnia or certain mental health concerns, their doctor might prescribe benzodiazepines — also known as benzos. Benzos slow down activity in the brain and can have a calming or sedative effect on the person who is taking them.
While people can use benzos safely with medical supervision, it is also possible for someone to develop a benzodiazepine addiction. If you struggle with a benzo addiction, you can experience significant distress and impairment and face physical and legal risks if you do not receive treatment.
At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, located in North Kansas City, Missouri, and Liberty, Missouri, we offer specialized benzodiazepine addiction treatment. Our services can allow people who are suffering from benzo addictions to manage crisis symptoms, benefit from personalized care, and receive referrals for ongoing treatment.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Signs & Symptoms
Benzos can be harmful if you use them for too long or for reasons outside of their intended uses. Over time, benzo use can produce high levels of tolerance and lead to severe withdrawal symptoms when someone stops using the drug.
Signs and symptoms of a benzodiazepine addiction can include:
- Strong cravings to use benzos
- Excessive time spent trying to get benzos or recover from their effects
- Obtaining the drug illegally
- Frequent absences from work
- Poor work or school performance
- Failure to meet family or household responsibilities
- Driving under the influence of benzos
- Having trouble controlling benzo use
- Continuing to use benzos despite negative consequences
The physical side effects of using benzodiazepines vary but can include:
- Slurred speech
- Poor coordination
- Muscle weakness
- Memory difficulties
By seeking support from a benzodiazepine addiction treatment center, someone who is suffering from benzo addiction symptoms can regain control of their health and other important areas of their life, such as their relationships, work, and mental well-being.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Statistics
Data suggests that benzo use has increased in recent decades. According to information from the National Library of Medicine, from 1996-2013, benzodiazepine prescriptions rose by 2.5% each year.
The 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health presents the following data on benzodiazepine abuse in the United States:
- Among people age 12 and older in 2020, 4.8 million people (or 1.7%) misused prescription benzodiazepines in the previous year.
- The prevalence of prescription benzo misuse was highest among adults ages 18-25 at 3.3%, or 1.1 million people.
Additionally, some people may struggle with addictions to other substances, like alcohol and opioids, while also abusing benzodiazepines, which can increase the associated health risks. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2020, 16% of overdose deaths that involved opioids also involved benzodiazepines.
Effects of Benzodiazepine Addiction
An addiction to benzos has the potential to affect many areas of a person’s life in addition to putting their physical health at risk. Seeking benzodiazepine addiction treatment can be a crucial step toward protecting yourself against potential harm to your life and well-being.
Harmful effects of having a benzo addiction can include:
- Poor work productivity
- Relationship challenges
- Legal problems
- Depression and increased risk for suicide
- Breathing difficulties and low blood pressure
- Cognitive, memory, and motor impairment among older individuals
- Higher risk for accidents and injuries
- Aggression and negative social consequences
In some cases, the misuse of benzodiazepines can be life-threatening, particularly when someone uses the drug in combination with alcohol or certain other substances.
At a professional treatment place such as Signature Psychiatric Hospital, you can receive a benzo addiction treatment plan that is designed to help you work toward lasting recovery.
Benefits of Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
Effective benzo addiction treatment usually involves following a holistic care plan that can address your mental and emotional needs rather than just treating your symptoms. When you seek support for a benzo addiction, it’s important to find a treatment place that can provide multidisciplinary care in a supportive and empowering setting.
At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, we believe that recovery from addiction is possible and that patients can transform their lives during their time at our treatment center. We provide a full continuum of care that may begin with inpatient detoxification.
At our inpatient benzo addiction treatment center, we offer medical detox, where patients can safely withdraw from benzos with 24/7 support from our nursing staff. For someone who is struggling with a benzo addiction, the withdrawal process may be severe, and medically supervised detox can be a crucial step on the path to safe and effective recovery.
Therapies Used in Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
The most effective therapies for treating a benzo addiction will typically depend on the needs of the individual.
Signature Psychiatric Hospital offers a range of interventions that can meet your unique needs. These may include:
- Medical care and medication management services
- Individual and family therapies
- Group therapies addressing a range of topics, including substance use disorders, relapse prevention, and co-occurring mental health disorders
Your treatment plan may also draw on modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and the 12-Step model of recovery.
Additionally, at Signature Psychiatric Hospital, your personalized discharge plan can play a key role in your ongoing recovery. At Signature, your continuing care may include stepping down to a lower level of treatment at our facility or receiving recommendations for community support services.
Why Choose Our Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Center
Signature Psychiatric Hospital provides inpatient detox and residential care for adults age 18 and older who are struggling with addictions to benzos. Our inpatient addiction treatment center, located in North Kansas City, Missouri, and Liberty, Missouri, can also support patients who have co-occurring mental health concerns.
When you receive care at Signature, you may work with nurses, case managers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and more. Our staff members work to support patients using a whole-person treatment approach that can include education, group work, family services, and a range of effective treatment modalities.
Our goal is to help patients develop skills and strategies that can allow them to manage the symptoms of addiction and create a foundation for lasting recovery. We offer free assessments seven days a week, which can help determine whether our benzo addiction treatment center may be right for you.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Signature Psychiatric Hospital.