Benzodiazepine Treatment & Rehab in Colorado
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are very commonly prescribed in the U.S., including in Colorado. The benzo drug class includes well-known brand name pharmaceuticals like Xanax, and these drugs are intended to treat anxiety and panic disorders. In some cases, benzos are also used to treat seizure disorders and alcohol withdrawal. Along with Xanax other frequently prescribed benzos include Valium and Librium.
People often begin taking benzodiazepines either with a prescription to treat something like anxiety, or recreationally but they soon discover what was occasional or therapeutic use turns into an addiction. Benzos are very habit-forming, and for people in Colorado, this is one of the most widespread types of substance abuse. Unfortunately, addiction to benzos can also be difficult to overcome, but it is possible with addiction treatment and rehab.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a Colorado treatment facility offering benzodiazepine rehab to people from Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and throughout the state, as well as people from around the country.
Benzodiazepine Treatment in Colorado
For a lot of people in Colorado there is a question of whether or not they need benzodiazepine addiction treatment.
Benzodiazepines like other highly addictive drugs change the way your brain functions. When you take them, particularly at high doses, they release large and unnatural amounts of dopamine into your brain. These high dopamine levels lead to feelings of relaxation, pleasure, and well-being.
Once you introduce your brain to something that triggers such a big release of dopamine it activates your reward centers, and your brain creates a feedback loop to continue seeking the drug that stimulated that response. This is how addiction begins, and even after only a few weeks of using benzos like Xanax, you may find that your cravings for them are compulsive and feel out of your control.
Addiction to benzos is complex and challenging to treat because of these changes that occur in the brain, which is why addiction to any substance is classified as a chronic disease.
As you continue to use benzos, it makes changes to receptors and neural systems in your brain, and it becomes extremely difficult for you to function without the use of the drugs.
The more and the longer you use benzos, the more profound these brain changes can be, which is why people often require benzo addiction treatment to stop using these drugs. Benzo addiction treatment needs to focus on the specific complexities of addiction as a disease, as well as other underlying issues or conditions that may affect the patient. Proper benzo addiction treatment should also treat the symptoms of physical dependence to these drugs.
Benzo Treatment Centers
If you’re someone in Colorado facing a benzo addiction, you may have some questions such as where are benzo treatment centers located and what happens at a benzo rehab center.
First, there are local benzo treatment centers in Colorado including The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. People may opt for a benzo rehab center near their home, or they may think it’s best for them to travel out of state to immerse themselves in their recovery. We also have treatment centers in locations like Florida.
Regardless of where you seek treatment, the two big options regarding choosing a benzo rehab center are inpatient or outpatient. We offer both programs at Palmer Lake.
With inpatient treatment for benzo addiction you live at a facility for a period of time, generally ranging from 28 to 90 days. During this time you’ll start with a medically-assisted detox to manage the symptoms of physical withdrawal from benzos.
Once that’s completed, your team begins working on your individualized treatment plan. An addiction to benzodiazepines is unique because it often begins as a way to treat a genuine anxiety or panic disorder, and this is why dual diagnosis is so important to successful treatment. Dual diagnosis means that we address not only your addiction to Xanax or benzos but also underlying mental health issues that may have played a role in that addiction.
A benzo rehab center with an inpatient program will usually include a combination of types of therapy such as group and individual therapy, and the daily routine tends to be structured, which is a good way for people with addiction problems to start transitioning back into a productive lifestyle.
Treatment of Benzodiazepine Dependence
So what can you expect during the process for treatment of benzodiazepine dependence?
First, there is medically-assisted detox. With benzos, this is particularly important because withdrawal from this class of drugs can be dangerous. For example, seizures are possible in addition to the uncomfortable symptoms. A medical team can monitor you as you come off benzos, and give you any medical treatments necessary to make you safer and more comfortable.
Once this is over, you can move into actual treatment. Regardless of whether you opt for inpatient or outpatient benzodiazepine rehab, you will go through various types of therapy, and you will also have social support in your recovery process.
If you have a severe benzo addiction and dependence, inpatient treatment is often recommended because it provides you with the most immersive experience. Outpatient treatment is frequently introduced as step-down as part of the transition from inpatient rehab, although some patients will only do outpatient treatment.
Some of the specific things you might gain from the treatment of benzodiazepine dependence include learning how to deal with triggers in your life in different ways without the use of benzos and getting the tools that will help you live a healthy lifestyle. You will also be around other people who are dealing with a similar situation.
Benzodiazepine Addiction Recovery
So, is benzodiazepine addiction recovery possible? It absolutely is. It’s not without challenges, and it may at times be a difficult process, but many people are successful in their recovery from benzo addiction.
Choosing the best benzo addiction recovery program is the necessary and essential first step.
Again, program options include day outpatient options, residential programs, and also group programs like support groups.
Does Insurance Cover Benzodiazepine Rehab?
If you recognize you have an addiction to benzos, but you worry you can’t pay for rehab, particularly an inpatient treatment program, you can contact one of our Palmer Lake or national intake coordinators. Many insurance plans do cover the cost of rehab for benzos, or at least a portion.
If you’re in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder or anywhere in Colorado there are resources for benzo addiction treatment, including The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake.
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