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Benzodiazepines Treatment

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I want to learn about treatment options for:

2 Basic Information
The Person is:
years old

graduated high school

3 Condition Information
Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.

The typical course of benzodiazepine addiction treatment.

Usually, treatment for benzodiazepine (benzo) addiction requires detoxification and a recovery phase, during which the addict is given the tools he or she needs to live drug free. Drug rehabilitation centers, private counseling and support groups are just some of the resources available to benzodiazepine addicts. Of these, drug rehabilitation centers have some of the highest success rates, as they are able to provide a comprehensive, customized continuum of care in a private, therapeutic setting.

Treatment for benzodiazepine addiction usually begins with the detoxification. During this process, the patient should be closely monitored for seizures and other adverse complications. Medications should be administered when possible to ease withdrawal symptoms. The length of a patient’s detox, as well as symptom intensity, is dependent on the severity and duration of the patient’s addiction and the type of benzo that he or she used.

Once detoxification is complete, patients enter the prolonged recovery phase. This should involve some form of behavioral therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy or individual and group counseling. Behavioral therapy interventions address the underlying causes of addiction and teach the addict how to identify, avoid and cope with situations that trigger drug use.

Family counseling is another therapeutic method that contributes to successful treatment. It addresses dysfunctions and promotes healing within families affected by addiction. Self-help groups, such as 12-Step groups, may also benefit recovery. They provide addicts with peer support and open forums to discuss addiction-related experiences. The encouragement and hope these groups offer is often instrumental to long-term sobriety.

Once residential treatment is complete, a continuing care plan should be put in place to encourage abstinence and give the addict a continued sense of accountability.

Treating the whole person.

When treating benzodiazepine addiction, it is important to take the addicted individual’s unique needs into account. Professional evaluations and therapies should address various psychological, biological, demographic, behavioral, historical, physical, social and cultural factors in order to achieve long-term success.