Recovery from Benzodiazepine Abuse is Possible
If you are reading this, you are probably struggling with benzodiazepine addiction. Or, you may have a loved one who is. Benzodiazepines (or “benzos”) are highly addictive. Although this is true of most cases of benzodiazepine use, the ways that people get to the point of addiction vary widely.
You may have begun using benzodiazepines to treat anxiety or sleep issues, and found yourself beginning to use the medication in a way that contradicted your doctor’s orders. Or, you may have tried the drug recreationally and shortly after began struggling with addiction.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we understand that your struggles with addiction are unique to your experience. We provide individually-tailored treatment to address those differences.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we walk alongside you as you work to overcome your addiction to live a sober life.
What are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a type of prescription medication that is generally found in pill form. This class of drugs is typically prescribed to treat conditions such as anxiety and trouble sleeping. They can also be used to manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Although benzodiazepines are prescription drugs, they are commonly abused for recreational purposes. Due to the drug’s anxiety-reducing effects, people who use benzos recreationally may experience feelings of euphoria and relaxation. The “good” feelings produced by the drug can quickly evaporate as recreational use becomes a habit, and a habit becomes an addiction.
Popular brands of benzodiazepine drugs include:
Recognizing Benzodiazepine Addiction
The signs of benzodiazepine addiction are similar to the signs of any addiction: Isolating, changes in behavior, hiding things, financial difficulties, and avoiding obligations. However, because benzodiazepines are prescription drugs, there are some other signs of abuse that are unique. For example, a person may be fulfilling their prescription too often. Or, they may have a prescription for a benzodiazepine drug but are not using their medication as directed.
Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction:
- Doctor shopping
- Poor judgement
- Mood swings
- Risky behaviors
Impact of Benzodiazepine Abuse
Benzodiazepine abuse is dangerous because it can be difficult to identify at first. Especially in people who have a prescription for benzodiazepines, recognizing that they have a problem may be clouded by the fact that they once had a legitimate need for the medication. As dependence increases and a problem is not recognized, the drugs can take a toll on a person’s body and mind.
Benzodiazepine addiction can cause symptoms such as:
- Irritability and aggression
- Memory issues
- Sleep problems
How We Treat Benzodiazepine Addiction
We offer a variety of benzodiazepine addiction treatment programs in Chattanooga. Each program we offer is meant to suit different situations, and can be tailored specifically to your needs. Our intensive outpatient program provides structure to people who are recovering from addiction but still allows them to participate in their daily life. Our partial hospitalization program is a step up in intensity, but is still less restrictive than an inpatient program. We offer medication assisted treatment for people who need medication to help them recover. For people who work full time and cannot participate in a daytime program, we offer night outpatient treatment.
Depending on your needs, any of these programs could be effective for treating benzodiazepine addiction. We are available to discuss the details of each program and help you choose the type of treatment that is best for you.
Call Us Today to Get Started
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, you can feel secure in the knowledge that every person here cares about your recovery and wants to help you succeed. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you recover from benzodiazepine addiction.