Benzo Rehab in San Diego CA

What are "Benzos?"

"Benzos" is a slang term used to refer to benzodiazepines, a class of central nervous system depressants that are commonly used as anxiolytics (anti-anxiety drugs), hypnotics (sleep-inducing drugs), and anticonvulsants (anti-seizure drugs). Some commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and clonazepam (Klonopin).

Benzodiazepines work by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that slows down the activity of the brain and nervous system. This results in a sedative and calming effect, which can help to reduce anxiety and promote sleep.

However, benzodiazepines can also be habit-forming and are often abused due to their calming and sedative effects. Long-term use of benzodiazepines can lead to tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms, so they should be used with caution and only under the supervision of a doctor.

Most Common Benzodiazepine Names

Benzos are popular with drug users who like "downers" (barbiturates) so they are often referred to as downers, chill pills, things like that. They are often referred to as "xan bars" or "zan bars", or just "bars," and are also called xannies, tranqs.

Here are some brand names for benzodiazepines, and their active ingredient:

  • Xanax - brand name for alprazolam
  •  Valium - brand name for diazepam
  • Ativan - brand name for lorazepam
  • Klonopin - brand name for clonazepam
  • Restoril - brand name for temazepam
  • Librium - brand name for chlordiazepoxide
  • Dalmane - brand name for flurazepam
  • Tranxene - brand name for clorazepate

The Urgency Brought on by Fentanyl Poisoning

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, well over 400 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and the main culprit is fentanyl, in addition to new variations on it, like xylazine.

Narco-chemists who are devising the next generation of poly-substances that enhance drug dependency, demise, and profit. Narco-chemists have crossed that bridge by blending Xanax with fentanyl or xylazine.

Sadly, some of the statistics surrounding this crisis are as follows:

  • About 80% of individuals using heroin began by misusing prescription opioids
  • Up to 29% of people with opioids for chronic pain will misuse the prescription
  • In 2017 alone, over 47,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid overdose

To begin lowering these numbers, those with an addiction need to find an opioid addiction treatment center in San Diego.

Signs of Benzo Addiction

To get loved ones the drug rehab services they need, it’s important for family members and friends to know the signs of benzo addiction. Knowing these signs can help get an individual the benzo addiction treatment they need to prevent disastrous consequences.

The symptoms of benzodiazepine addiction can include:

  1. Tolerance: The need to take increasingly higher doses of the drug to achieve the desired effect.
  2. Dependence: Physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped or its use is reduced.
  3. Compulsive drug-seeking behavior: An obsession with obtaining and using the drug, even when it interferes with daily activities and relationships.
  4. Continued use despite negative consequences: Continuing to use the drug despite knowing that it is causing harm to one's health, relationships, finances, or other areas of life.
  5. Inability to quit: Despite repeated attempts, an inability to quit or reduce drug use
  6. Withdrawal symptoms: Symptoms that occur when the drug is discontinued or its use include:
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • tremors
  • seizures, including life-threatening withdrawal seizures.

Benzodiazepine Detox is Difficult and Potentially Deadly

Detoxing from benzodiazepines cold turkey—i.e., abruptly stopping them without any medical supervision—can cause severe and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

Medical detox can reduce the risk of patients experiencing seizures and other severe symptoms, as well as make the withdrawal process both safer and more comfortable. Medical detox can also help prepare someone for entry into more formal inpatient or outpatient drug rehab treatment.

How to Safely Withdraw from Benzos

Before discontinuing regular use of benzodiazepines, talk to your doctor or a healthcare professional to ensure your safety. Many individuals benefit from a supervised detox programs which can help reduce the likelihood of serious adverse or life-threatening reactions.

Medical detox may include the prescription or administration of medications to reduce the risk and potential severity of withdrawal symptoms.

Getting Treatment for Benzo Addiction

Detox alone is rarely sufficient to help addicted individuals achieve long-term abstinence. Formal addiction rehab treatment can help address the social, psychological, and other factors that may contribute to someone’s substance use disorder.

Some facilities, like Confidential Recovery, can provide behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, and peer support, providing support to the newsly sober individual in early recovery.


Confidential Recovery's San Diego Rehab for Opioids

If you think you or someone you know may be struggling with benzodiazepine addiction, it's important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines can be dangerous and even life-threatening, so it's important to undergo a supervised detox and treatment program.

When someone begins showing signs of addiction, time is of the essence to find them help. Contact a facility that offers benzo addiction treatment to start the process for those who need it.

Our specialized benzo addiction treatment program includes prescription drug-specific group therapy, educational sessions and individual therapy. Our comprehensive approach also keeps you engaged in rehab activities over a longer period of time than most addiction treatment programs, and includes family involvement, recovery support groups and accountability as integral parts of our intensive outpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation programs. We know from experience that this combination of enhanced opioid rehab services, medication-assisted treatment, clinical interventions and active engagement over a longer period of time offers the best chance for long-term recovery.

In order to plan the most effective substance use disorder treatment for each patient, our clinicians consider many factors, such as:

  • How long you’ve been using benzos, alcohol, an/or other drugs
  • The amount and frequency of your substance use
  • Whether you use alcohol other drugs in addition to opioids

These are just a few of the considerations that provide us with important information about your specific situation. In planning a rehab program tailored to meet your individual needs, we will also take into account your medical condition and any other physical or mental health issues you are experiencing

How Long Is Rehab for Benzo Addiction?

The length of time you participate in an benzo treatment program will be based on your individual needs. Our clinicians will work with you, your family and your insurance provider to come up with the best plan for you. Like diabetes or hypertension, addiction is a chronic disease. Regaining and maintaining your health means learning to manage your symptoms, first within the structure and support of a rehab setting and eventually in your home environment where you’ll be in charge of your sobriety.

The latest scientific research on recovery from drug abuse identifies ongoing involvement in recovery-focused activities as the best predictor of long-term sobriety. Active engagement is especially important during your first 18 months of recovery when the risk of relapse is most intense.

How Much Does Treatment for Benzo Addiction Cost?

The cost of treating benzo addiction depends on the provider you choose, the level of care recommended and your length of time in rehab. Your cost will also depend on whether you have insurance coverage for rehab or you are paying out-of-pocket. Confidential Recovery is an in-network provider with many insurance carriers.  Insurance policies and benefits vary greatly.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an benzo addiction, contact us or call (619) 452–1200 today and a recovery expert will help you in find the best residential or outpatient addiction treatment program to fit your needs

What Is the Best Treatment for Benzo Addiction?

Since 2015, in recognition of the nation's emerging prescription drug addiction crisis—including an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths —clinicians at Confidential Recovery developed our specialized benzo addiction program, a medication-assisted regiment that complements our evidence-based therapeutic practices and Twelve Step group participation.

The goal of our program is to:

With the help of medication assisted (MAT), we will reduce the discomfort of benzo withdrawal and reduce drug cravings. Further, we aim to provide our patients with personalized care that embraces multiple pathways to recovery and promotes sustained engagement in treatment to enhance their progress towards healing from addiction and life-long recovery.

Benzo treatment at Confidential Recovery begins with a clinical team of addiction specialists who will develop a plan to address your specific recovery needs and challenges. In designing your rehab plan, this multidisciplinary team will consider multiple variables, including your medical history and frequency and volume of drug use.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Benzo Addiction

In recent years, the highest success rates in the history of addiction treatment have been achieved by patients who undergo a curated combinations of medication and therapy. The medication is buprenorphine, which is more commonly referred to by brand names Suboxone, Subutex, or Sublocade.  Buprenorphine is prescribed by doctors in controlled doses. This is to mimic the effects of the opioid to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.

These medications are used to ease withdrawal symptoms, if clinically indicated. Our medical experts will work with you to make withdrawal and detox as comfortable as possible.

These medications help the body taper off from the opioids while behavioral therapies — such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and twelve-step support groups provide the groundwork for behavioral change by helping addicted individuals modify their attitudes and ways of thinking about drug use to focus on creating and maintaining healthy life skills.

Contact the Benzo Addiction Treatment Experts in San Diego

If you or a loved one are struggling with an benzo addiction, contact us or call (619) 452–1200 today and a recovery expert will help you in find the best residential or outpatient addiction treatment program to fit your needs

Located in San Diego, Confidential Recovery's outpatient rehab center provides convenient access—both weekdays and weeknights— to world-class alcohol and drug addiction treatment.

Programs at our outpatient addiction treatment center in San Diego are made up by the most effective and 'state-of-the-art' evidence-based practices. Because Confidential Recovery has reasonable rates for 'out of pocket' patients and also accepts many health insurance plans, our expert care and clinical services are within reach for many  people who need addiction counseling and related alcohol and drug rehab services.

Confidential Recovery is a great option for continued treatment and support after discharging from a residential addiction program. Confidential Recovery can also a perfect beginning for those clients who are “higher-functioning” and don’t wish to do residential treatment, are trying sober living, private therapy, working, or have parenting responsibilities.

If you have questions about the process of getting help for a substance use disorder, call us at (619) 452–1200 to discuss the matter privately with our intake counselors.