The typical course of
benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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
treatment is complete, a
continuing care plan should be put in place to
encourage abstinence and give the addict a continued sense of
Treating the whole person.
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