Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are commonly used prescription drugs. They are tranquilizers that have a powerfully calming effect on the user. Benzos are intended to be taken only on occasion and not for an extended period of time, but they\u2019re commonly abused. In the DSM-5 (a reference for mental health disorders), the American Psychiatric Association defines a benzo addiction as a hypnotic, sedative, or anxiolytic use disorder. Like any form of substance abuse, benzo addiction is a mental health condition and should be treated in a caring and nonjudgmental way. Our addiction treatment staff at Washburn House, a benzo addiction treatment center, will help you understand your addiction and break it, so you can take on your life in a healthy way. Which Drugs Are Classified as Benzos? Benzos are considered \u201cdowners,\u201d so those who struggle to relax are particularly vulnerable to benzo addiction. There are different types of benzos for different purposes, but all have the potential to lead to a need for a benzo addiction treatment center. Types of benzodiazepine prescription drugs include: \tXANAX\u00ae \tAtivan \tAMBIEN\u00ae \tHALCION\u00ae \tVALIUM\u00ae \tKLONOPIN\u00ae How Do I Know I\u2019m Addicted to Benzos? Benzos are used to treat many mental health disorders, especially those which are anxiety-related. They\u2019re commonly prescribed for: \tPanic disorders \tGeneralized anxiety disorder \tInsomnia \tSeizures You\u2019re at risk for a need for a benzo addiction treatment program in Worcester, Massachusetts if you take the drug in any way other than how it\u2019s prescribed to you by a doctor. If you take it more often or in higher amounts than intended or were given or sold the drug instead of prescribed it by a doctor, you could be addicted. One major warning sign of addiction is needing more of the drug to feel the same effects. Your body gets used to the benzo and develops a tolerance for it, which means you need more of it over time to get the same high. Signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine addiction include: \tMemory problems \tWeakness \tPoor judgment or thinking \t\u201cDoctor shopping\u201d \u2013 Bouncing from one doctor to another to get benzo prescriptions \tTremors \tHostility or violence Your loved ones might notice your benzo addiction before you do. How Do I Recover from a Benzo Addiction? It can be deadly to try to quit benzos without any support. Taking the drug, especially if you\u2019ve built up a tolerance to it, changes the chemistry of the brain. Your brain and body physically need it. Withdrawal symptoms are sometimes severe enough that they\u2019re lethal. Detox is absolutely necessary for quitting benzos. Our Medically Monitored Detox program at Washburn House in Worcester, MA will guide you through this process safely under the care of our doctors and nurses, who are available 24\/7. What Is Detox from Benzos Like? Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include: \tExtreme anxiety \tHeart palpitations \tMuscle pain and stiffness \tVomiting and dry heaving \tBurning sensation in the brain How intense these symptoms are and how long they last depend on how heavy your use of benzos was. You should be prepared for the detox process to take some time. The acute, or most intense, phase of withdrawal typically lasts from 7 to 10 days. Symptoms can linger, but be less severe, for up to two years. Washburn House provides a variety of treatments to get you through benzo withdrawal, including potentially weaning you off in decreasing amounts of the drug over time. Your brain chemistry has changed dramatically since abusing benzos, and it takes time for your brain to heal. During withdrawal, you\u2019ll be especially vulnerable to relapsing. Participating in a therapy-intensive addiction treatment program will help you learn to manage these temptations as well as your remaining withdrawal symptoms. If you complete detox at Washburn House, our knowledgeable and experienced clinicians will help you decide on the next steps that are right for your recovery journey. What Happens When I Go to a Benzo Addiction Treatment Center at Washburn House? When you go through the admissions process at Washburn House, you will be greeted by our warm and welcoming staff. Our highly-trained clinical and medical treatment professionals will conduct a pre-screening evaluation to determine how severe your benzo addiction is. If needed, you\u2019ll be referred for our Medically Monitored Detox program. If you do not need to detox, we\u2019ll talk you through your options and get to know you and your individual needs. We know that no two addictions are alike. Only by getting to know you as a whole person can we create an effective treatment plan. What Treatment Process Is Right for Me? Clinically Managed Inpatient Drug Rehab This inpatient rehab center offers 24-hour structure and support. You will receive group and individual therapy, case management, and medication management if needed. Day Treatment (PHP) Our partial hospitalization program gives you structure and supervision for a portion of the day with intensive programming, including therapy and skills training. You go home at the end of the day, making it a lower level of care than inpatient rehab and best for those who have completed inpatient recovery and\/or who have supportive, sober environments at home. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) The intensive outpatient rehab center includes three hours of group therapy at least three days per week. You\u2019ll live at home but will also have an assigned therapist and case manager to help you transition into the community after you complete the program. How Long Does Recovery from a Benzo Addiction Take? Recovery from the physical and psychological effects of benzo addiction can take up to two years. But, as with other forms of substance use, there is no point at which you should consider yourself in the clear. You\u2019ll always remember what the high was like, and you\u2019ll need to cope with relapse triggers for the rest of your life. Recovery is a lifelong process, and we\u2019re here to help you with our benzo addiction treatment center! Does Washburn House Accept My Insurance? We accept most commercial insurance plans. If you don\u2019t have insurance, we also accept direct payments for our addiction treatment programs. If you aren\u2019t sure how to pay for your treatment, give us a call! We\u2019re more than happy to help walk you through your options. What Happens When I Leave Washburn House's Benzo Addiction Treatment Center? Your assigned therapist and case manager will help you build a comprehensive relapse prevention plan, which will prepare you for temptations you may face down the road. You will also build an aftercare plan, including resources like therapy and support groups. Support is vitally important when you\u2019re recovering, no matter how long you\u2019ve been sober. We\u2019ll help make sure you have a safety net of support to have your back when things get tough! What If I Still Suffer from Anxiety, Insomnia, or Seizures? We at Washburn House understand that the condition for which you were prescribed benzos was severe enough to impact your daily life. Our goal is to help you manage these conditions effectively while limiting your possibility for relapse. To stand the best chance at maintaining sobriety, you should not resume taking any form of benzos. The risk of abusing them again is too great. Our clinicians will carefully evaluate your physical and mental health symptoms and create an alternative plan for treating what you need treated. This may include medications without addiction potential, such as SSRIs for anxiety disorders, or lifestyle and behavioral changes. Whatever the solution, you can be confident we have taken your condition seriously and will help you manage it well. Washburn House in Worcester, MA is ready to help you move into a future of sobriety and leave prescription drug abuse behind. The tools you learn here will support you through recovery at our benzo addiction treatment center in Worcester, Massachusetts and in your life beyond!