Benzodiazepines as a Prescription
What are Benzodiazepines?
The prescription drugs known as Benzodiazepines include Valium, Klonopin and Xanax. Readily available in medication cabinets due to their widespread legal uses and prescription, it is not rare to begin with low and small non legal uses and create a habit or addiction in a very short time. Our clinical staff and licensed addiction therapists are aware of the physiological and symptomatic needs of withdrawal from benzodiazepines and can offer a non judgmental space with the medical attention requirement at detox and prepare for rehab. Known as benzo's or benzo, these prescription medications require attention when withdrawing and can be dangerous when done 'cold turkey' or without supervision.
What Are Benzos Used For?
Benzos or Benzodiazepines are legally prescribed for disorders including panic attacks, insomnia, anxiety and stress. When in drug or alcohol detox rehabilitation, it is not uncommon for it to be prescribed for withdrawal symptoms as well. The drugs known as Halcion, Ativan and Halcion are known as fast acting and those such as Valium, Librium or Klonopin are known as long or slow acting. These prescription drugs are meant to deliver a feeling of satiation, relaxation or calmness. However, use of these drugs compete with the natural secretion and sensitivity of sedating chemicals that the body has, meaning that in the long term use an individual may seek a chemical way to provide for natural processes of the body.
Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Use
Given the range of differences of benzos such as xanax and klonopin, the length and consumption amount have a particular effect, however they do fall within a parameter of symptomatology. Xanax and other fast acting benzodiazepines can have a very significant effect of relaxation and sedation. Withdrawal can be as short as 6 to 8 hours after consumption, thus the easy dependence or addiction propensity. Individuals experimenting with this benzo are looking to 'take the edge off', usually of stress, anxiety and problems with sleeping among others. Biological effects include profuse sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate. Paradoxically, the withdrawal effects are an intensified form of what the user was usually looking to relieve physically, more anxiety, anxiety and lack of sleep.
Valium and Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS)
Coming off of slow or long acting benzos such as Valium may cause withdrawal signs after a couple of days and up to 5, although its not rare for it to show up as early as 24 hours. The discomfort may continue after weeks and may require up to a month to see these symptoms of withdrawal cease. This is the reason why detox from Valium and other slow acting benzos is critical, making sure the first days and weeks can be supervised clinically and medically with medication assisted treatment to attend unique needs. PAWS, or post acute withdrawal symptoms, can inclusively show up as later as months or even a year, meaning that contact with professionals, support groups and medications can secure the correct detoxification and treatment.
Clinical and Medical Supervision for Prescription Abuse
Medical Assisted Treatment and Benzos
Let La Jolla Recovery provide medical attention during detox where the right attention for prescription abuse for Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and other benzos can have the right start. The first step is to have biological homeostasis and chemical balance, letting sleep, daylight and the proper structure with medical supervision help the process of ‘coming down’. Anxiety and panic attacks or not only minimized but attended by measuring physiological signs and checking up on clients. The right food and nutrition as well as hydration can help the body’s process of restoration, cleansing and detoxification.
Once detox or detoxification is achieved, the next step is rehabilitation or rehab, where social support, groups and therapy make it easy to attend cognitive level disorder brought about benzo abuse and later even look deeper into belief systems, CBT and other evidence based treatments.
Our clinical and professional recovery team at La Jolla Recovery wants to make your withdrawal and sobriety process from Xanax, Klonopin and Valium the most comforting ever with over 10 years of experience.
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