Family Recovery Specialists (FRS), a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility in Miami, offers rehabilitation on an outpatient basis for adolescents and adults who need treatment for benzodiazepine dependence or addiction. We can help you or your loved one work through your substance use disorder. We can help you focus on your sobriety and move forward with your plans to live fully without relying on these potent medications.

What are benzodiazepines, and why do people use them?

Benzodiazepines, popularly known as “benzos” for short, is a class of prescription medicines that doctors prescribe to treat a host of disorders, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Nervousness
  • Panic disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Severe alcohol withdrawal
  • Muscle spasms; and
  • Seizures

Widely known benzodiazepines are: 

  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
  • Serax (oxazepam)
  • Restoril (temazepam)
  • Halcion (triazolam)

Benzodiazepines Are Not Harmless Drugs

The use of these medications started in the 1960s and gradually phased out barbiturates, which are considered more dangerous to take because they’re more potent than benzos. Benzodiazepines, however, come with dangers of their own. They may be less potent than barbiturates, but abusing them can lead to developing a dependence on them that is very difficult to end. Even people with a doctor’s prescription can become addicted to benzodiazepines. 

Anxiety, panic disorders, and other conditions can be disruptive to one’s daily life, making it difficult to get through even the simplest of tasks. However, when some people use benzos, they calm down so they can get to sleep or relax enough so they can take care of themselves and their personal obligations. 

How do benzodiazepines help people calm down?

Benzodiazepines attach themselves to the brain’s gamma–Aminobutyric-acid (GABA) receptors, which are responsible for helping us relax and feel calm. These effects are therapeutic when benzodiazepines are taken in proper doses during short-term treatment. Unfortunately, it is these same effects that prompt people to misuse and abuse them.

What does benzodiazepine abuse look like?

People abuse benzodiazepines for various reasons, even people who have a legitimate prescription and health condition that requires their use as recommended by a doctor. If a person does the following, they are misusing these powerful drugs:

  • Taking the drugs outside of a doctor’s prescription
  • Taking them in higher doses than prescribed or recommended
  • Taking them for longer periods than prescribed
  • Mixing them with alcohol and other drugs to get high or come down from a high
  • Crushing or dissolving benzos into a powder so they can be inhaled or injected

What Happens When Benzodiazepines Are Abused?

Taking these medications in high doses can cause effects similar to those of alcohol intoxication. Benzo intoxication can cause:

  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Sedation
  • Headache
  • Slurred speech
  • Motor control loss 

Overdosing on a benzodiazepine medication can suppress the autonomic functions of your brain, such as your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. Your breathing can stop during a benzo overdose, causing brain damage, coma, or death. Many benzo overdoses occur when these drugs are used with other substances, such as opioids,  alcohol, or other substances. Some drug users mix benzos with other drugs to enhance the high they get, a phenomenon called potentiation, but this is very dangerous to do.

Getting Help for Benzodiazepine Dependence, Addiction

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It could take some time to realize if you or someone you know is struggling with benzodiazepine addiction or dependence. If you are struggling to stop using the drugs despite your previous attempts, it may be time to consider treatment

Family Recovery Specialists offers outpatient rehab that helps individuals recover from benzodiazepine use disorder. If your dependence or use is severe, you may have to undergo medical detox to help you remove the substances and toxins from your body during the withdrawal period. This happens before you start a treatment program. 

Severe dependence usually requires residential treatment. Our in-network facilities provide the proper environment, therapies, counseling, and support for people recovering from addiction who need more time to focus on their condition. Residential programs are held in a 24-hour monitored setting with a required on-site stay of 30 days or longer.

Outpatient Treatment 

People who are in the early or mild stages of benzodiazepine dependence can receive therapy and counseling for a predetermined number of hours a week. Outpatient rehab is an appealing option for people who cannot commit to on-site, long-term substance treatment programs and need a program that they can work into their schedule.

Outpatient programs are also less expensive than inpatient programs. The recovering individual can live off-site at home or in transitional housing while receiving treatment for a specified period. If you require intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), you will receive nine or more hours of services a week. If you require outpatient treatment, you will receive fewer than nine hours a week.

Who Outpatient Treatment Helps

Outpatient rehab can help people who:

  • Need help recovering from mild substance use disorders 
  • Do not need medical detox for substance use 
  • Can benefit from transitional setting after leaving residential treatment
  • Can manage a structured program with the help of family and friends
  • Want support to avoid having a relapse

People who enroll in an IOP can attend a program for a few weeks to a few months, depending on the person’s needs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse advises that a longer time in treatment can help increase its effectiveness for the person in recovery.  It cites research that 90 days, or three months, is ideal. 

Family Recovery Specialists Offers Therapy, Counseling 

At Family Recovery Specialists, our IOP programs involve therapy options that use evidence-based treatment therapies. These therapies have been rigorously tested and have been found to be effective across various treatment settings. 

We customize your treatment plan according to your needs only, and we adjust them as your needs change. Some of the therapies we use to help our clients include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy 

Family Recovery Specialists also believe in treating the whole person, not just the physical part of addiction. We assess clients’ mental health needs and treat any co-occurring disorders that are present, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), among others. We also connect our clients to aftercare services to help them stay on the path to recovery.

Family Participation Is Welcome and Strongly Encouraged

We offer family therapy to help individuals, both adults and adolescents, overcome benzodiazepine dependence. Without professional help, many people will struggle to stop using these drugs on their own. We invite families to become part of their loved one’s recovery process and journey. It is beneficial for everyone. Therapy can encourage the person to stick with their treatment program while loved ones can also start their healing through the process and learn how they can be a support to the family member who is working on their sobriety.

We will evaluate your needs upon entering the program to see which placement setting and therapies work for you. Our compassionate staff of licensed addiction care professionals understands the needs of people in addiction recovery, and we will work to get you the help you need. 

We offer services in English and Spanish in our facility located in Miami, and we will do everything we can to personalize your treatment program and help you meet your goals for a healthy and vibrant life.

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