People who have anxiety and/or insomnia may receive a prescription for benzodiazepine medication to help them relax and get to sleep. They can also be prescribed these drugs for:
- Panic disorders
- Muscle spasms
- Severe alcohol withdrawal
Common benzodiazepines (benzos for short) that are widely prescribed and used include:
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Halcion (triazolam)
- Restoril (temazepam)
- Valium (diazepam)
These potent, highly addictive drugs were brought in as barbiturates were being phased out. While barbiturates were more dangerous than benzos, it was realized later that people should use benzos with care. One reason benzo dependence rates are believed to be as high as they are is that they have been overprescribed. While opioid drug addiction and overdose rates are high, benzo abuse is also on the radar as a national concern.
The drugs are intended for short-term use, but some people use them far longer than they should, and this amounts to abuse. Using benzos past the recommended period can create a dependence on them that is hard to end without professional help. Benzo abuse can also involve:
- Taking the drugs without a doctor’s prescription
- Taking them in larger doses than prescribed or recommended
- Mixing the drugs with alcohol and other drugs, including opioids, for a high
In addition to benzo addiction, people who abuse benzos are at risk of overdosing on these drugs.
DEA Warns Against Fake Benzos
People who buy benzos outside of a licensed medical professional or pharmacy are taking chances with their lives. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says some street drugs that appear like the real thing are far from it. It recently launched its “One Pill Can Kill” campaign to alert people that fake benzos could be cut with or actually be fentanyl, a deadly opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.
The DEA’s lab test results show that two of every five pills it seized in 2019 contained a dose of fentanyl that could kill someone. It also reports that the number of pills it seized that contained fentanyl has jumped nearly 430%.
According to data from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, Miami-Dade County had 374 benzodiazepine-related deaths. Through the second quarter of 2021, the commission’s data shows that Xanax (alprazolam) caused 39 deaths and was present in 35 deaths in Miami-Dade County. Other benzo data includes:
- Diazepam (Valium) caused one death and was present in 11 deaths
- Lorazepam (Ativan) caused one death and was present in three deaths
- Oxazepam (Serax) was present in six deaths.
- Temazepam (Restoril) caused two deaths and resulted in 11 deaths.
Miami-Dade County residents who are having trouble with stopping their misuse and abuse of benzo benzodiazepines should consider professional treatment.
Family Recovery Specialists Drug Rehab in Miami-Dade County
Family Recovery Specialists is ready to help you or your loved one end this cycle of abuse and overcome your challenges. If you don’t take action and get the proper care you need, the risks you face include overdose and death. Our facility, located in Miami, specializes in helping people recover from benzo addiction.
Here are the services we offer:
Addiction treatment offers a spectrum of settings depending on where you are in your recovery. A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a bridge between higher and lower levels of care for people with substance use disorders (SUDs). A patient can continue their recovery in a PHP, moderately structured program that usually follows medical detox and/or inpatient or residential care.
The program allows more flexibility and independence than residential care does. Patients are not monitored 24 hours a day, and they take their medication on their own without assistance. PHP gives people the time and space they need to receive therapy, counseling, and more before they rejoin the outside world and live independently in full-time sobriety.
PHP programs, also called partial-day programs, usually run during the day for a specific number of hours a day. Patients can either commute to a facility or live on-site to carry out agreed-upon commitments and receive intensive therapy for 15 to 25 hours a week (up to five hours a day). After their program ends, they can return to transitional housing or home.
During PHP, patients can receive individual or group therapy and more as they work with addiction care and mental health professionals. This professional guidance helps them work on their issues that contribute to or cause their benzo dependence. Patients will receive help with relapse prevention, cravings and triggers management, health and wellness, addiction education, life skills, and more. We also offer:
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
- Dual diagnosis
- Life skills coaching
Family Recovery Specialists also offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP). This treatment setting provides flexibility that works with the patient’s personal schedule. Still, it runs for nine or more hours a week. IOP patients can attend these therapy and counseling sessions that run for various intervals. One person may choose to attend therapy for eight hours a day, while another person may choose a program that requires them to complete up to four hours a week. It depends on the individual’s situation.
This schedule can last up to 90 days or longer if needed. IOP patients may be able to take fewer hours of therapy upon reaching the goals set at this level of care.
Intensive outpatient is ideal for people who have completed higher levels of treatment, as noted above. This setting helps patients transition to sober living on their own as well. IOP focuses on relapse prevention, among other topic areas. It can help people who have recently relapsed and need more time to recover as well as those who are learning to manage an SUD and mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression.
Outpatient programs, including IOPs, offer:
- Individual therapy sessions
- Group therapy sessions
- Family counseling
- 12-step programs
- Continued support at every recovery stage
Family Recovery Specialists stands by our patients after they have finished their treatment with us. We are always here for them and do not send them out into the world alone. A new life of sobriety is an exciting time, but it’s also one of uncertainty. We will give you the tools, strategies, and support you need to handle the challenges that come along during this time. You are not alone.
Aftercare program services help newly sober individuals find stability and help make the transition to sober life manageable. A program can help them find transitional housing that supports their sobriety goals, employment, job training, personal financial courses, and more. Patients can also receive continued counseling and therapy and join 12-step programs. They also will have a place to return to if they struggle with relapse or relapse, an expected part of recovery, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains.
Benzodiazepine Rehab in Miami-Dade County FAQ
Getting professional treatment for benzo addiction is a significant step for many reasons. Whether you have decided for sure or not, you likely have a lot of questions. We urge you to ask many questions so you can feel sure about your decision and know what to expect. Below, we have answered some of the common questions we get about addiction recovery in general.
Maybe your question(s) will be answered here, but if not, please call or email us anytime. We want to help in any way we can.
How Long Is Rehab?
Your benzo treatment can last 30 days or longer, depending on your situation and condition. Our professionals will evaluate you to find out more about you before determining a timeline, which is unique to each patient we treat. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advises at least 90 days (three months). It believes staying in rehab for a long period can only boost one’s chances of stopping benzo abuse.
Does Family Recovery Specialists Provide Transportation?
If you are traveling from outside our area, we can pick you up and bring you to our facility. You are responsible for your travel arrangements to and from the area. If you are in the Miami or South Florida area, you are responsible for your transportation. We realize that transportation can be a barrier to treatment, so we encourage you to call us and learn about the options you have.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
Your benzodiazepine treatment costs depend on you and your situation, so it’s difficult to say how much your final tab will be. We will review all costs with you so that you know what to expect.
When reviewing what your expenses might be, you will want to think about how long you expect your treatment to be, what services you will need, and what kind of facility you will need to get the care you need. You should also consider your medications, transportation services, housing needs, and more.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, you will have to travel to us to receive care at our facility. If you cannot travel to us, you may be able to find services in your area.
What Insurance Carriers Does Family Recovery Specialists Take?
Family Recovery Specialists accepts insurance coverage from many major insurers. We may be in-network with your carrier if you have:
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield
- CareFirst BlueChoice
At this time, we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid, but we do offer private pay options and payment plans. Our verifications team can speak with your insurance provider to verify the benefits you have and whether they cover our programs.
You can also call your insurer to find out what is or isn’t covered so you can determine how you plan to pay for your services. Generally, U.S. health insurers must provide coverage for mental health disorders and substance use disorders, per the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, not all insurers offer the same coverage.
Call us today for more information about insurance, benzodiazepine addiction services in Miami-Dade, and more. We are ready to help you start a new chapter in your life.