Benzo Detox Program San Diego

Benzodiazepine drugs, or Benzos, including Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, are prescription medications that can easily lead to dependence. Because patients find they need higher and higher doses, they often become addicted within a matter of weeks. APEX’s licensed therapists have worked to restore the health of hundreds of patients with Benzo dependence. Our Benzo detox program doesn’t just treat the addiction; by utilizing a holistic approach, we get to the root of the dependence and treat the physiological causes of illness as well. As a result, our patients are able to break free from their Benzo addictions.

Benzodiazepines are prescribed for stress, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and other similar disorders. They can also be prescribed as part of drug addiction rehabilitation. They fall into two categories: short-acting drugs or fast-acting, such as Xanax, Ativan and Halcion, and long-acting drugs or slow-acting, like Valium, Klonopin and Librium.

The way they act is they provide the body with a feeling of calm. Unfortunately, the body responds to them by shutting down the natural mechanisms for sedation and that’s why it is so easy to get dependent from Benzos.

The intensity, duration and type of symptoms vary from one case to another, but they follow some general characteristics. First of all, it depends what type of Benzo the patient was using, how much and for how long. Short-acting Benzos, like Xanax, are known for rather intense and serious withdrawal symptoms. This is because these medications take less time to leave the patient’s body.

With short-acting Benzos, such as Xanax, withdrawal symptoms usually kick in after 6 to 8 hours and may last for up to two weeks. They normally manifest themselves as a strong discomfort, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and restlessness. As we said, the body is struggling because it has switched off its natural calming mechanisms. Bodily sensations include sweating and increased pulse rate and blood pressure.

Quitting long-acting Bezos, such as Valium, will usually show signs of withdrawal after 1 to 4 days. The symptoms usually peak around 10 to 14 days after the quit date and fade away after 3 to 4 weeks. It is possible that some patients who have used this type of Benzos will experience a Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, known as PAWS, which is protracted withdrawal that can last from 3 months up to 2 years. During PAWS, the patient will feel anxious and worried and might experience bouts of sudden, acute-like withdrawal symptoms months later.

Having a physician for support during detox is essential for success. The drug needs to be removed from the patient’s system, but this must be done with expertise and professional knowledge, to minimize the health risks. Lack of supervision is particularly dangerous if seizures or suicidal behavior emerge as part of the detox.

A physician is qualified to customize the detox program to every individual case. Sometimes, tapering the dose down or switching from short-acting to long-acting Benzos will be the best way to detox. In others, non-addictive medication is used to support the process. However, in either case, it is important that the patient goes through counseling with a psychologist or psychiatrist in order to get to the bottom of the dependence problem. Counseling will diminish the possibility of relapse and assist the patient in coping with problems that led to the addiction in the first place.

Benzo Detox Program