Many Americans have been prescribed some sort of benzodiazepine for years, taking them as prescribed and not giving them much thought. While you may think this behavior is safe given you are following the directions of a medical doctor, unfortunately you have likely developed a physical dependence on your prescription. This is certainly an unintended consequence of your regular prescription medication usage but it must be addressed nonetheless. How can you best go about weaning yourself off a regular benzodiazepine habit?
The best way to handle detox from benzodiazepines is with the help of medical professionals in a controlled setting. Substance abuse treatment centers are well equipped to handle your narcotic dependence, and will provide you with the means and environment to detox safely and comfortably. This is your best course of treatment for your physical dependence for a variety of factors, one of which is the duration of withdrawal symptoms for benzodiazepines. While medically you will be stable enough to depart a medical detox within 10 days of admission, the uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal can last up to a month after your last dose.
If, for some reason, you are unable to commit to a 30 day inpatient detox and treatment program, your next best option is to taper off your medication with your doctor’s assistance. This can be accomplished in anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the severity of your physical dependence and the nature of your withdrawal symptoms. It is highly recommended that you supplement this medical taper with additional therapy in the form of an IOP program. These group and individual sessions will help you cope with the wave of emotions and withdrawal symptoms that will no doubt manifest over the course of your taper, and the support you receive in these groups will be an invaluable tool as you soldier on through the detox process.
Transitioning from daily use of a benzodiazepine prescription to abstinence from these powerful narcotics is a process fraught with potential missteps. Due to the potentially life-threatening nature of detox from these strong medications, your best course of action to rid yourself of your physical dependence is to enlist the assistance of a professional substance abuse treatment center. Here at Evolutions, we have developed and refined our detox protocol for benzodiazepine users in order to ensure the safest and most comfortable detox process possible. If you are ready to set down that pill bottle and find a healthier alternative to cope with your daily anxiety, call our Admissions Counselors now at 833-818-3031 and let us help you get started!