Just like many other prescription drugs, benzodiazepines (benzos) are highly addictive. However, dealing with a dependence on prescription drugs that were meant to initially be helpful in treating a physical or mental health issue. In many cases, it can be incredibly frustrating and difficult. It’s a struggle between getting the relief you need for your health condition and not becoming addicted to the drug. If you are worried that you or a loved one has an unhealthy dependence on benzos, then it is time to seek treatment. At Palo Verde Wellness, we are proud to offer a new state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment facility in the heart of Palm Springs.
What Are Benzos?
Benzos are drugs that work as a sedative. A doctor generally prescribes them as a treatment for a variety of mental health and neurological conditions. You may have been prescribed benzos yourself for anxiety, insomnia, or a panic disorder. Benzos can also be used to treat physical health conditions like epilepsy, where the sedative nature of benzos can help control seizures. Because benzos slow down the rate of neurotransmitters in the brain, they create a calming effect. Since many people seek relief from stress, benzos can be an attractive fix, but unfortunately, they can quickly turn into drug misuse. You may recognize benzos by their brand names, such as:
Side Effects of Benzo Abuse
There are a number of side effects of benzo abuse that you can be on the lookout for. The more of the drug that is used, the worse the side effects can be. Short-term effects can include:
- Changes in mood
- Dry mouth
- Slurring words
- Trouble breathing
- Slow reflexes
- Poor equilibrium
In the long term, you may notice that you or a loved one become very weak, show poor judgment, engage in risky behavior, or experience memory loss.
Signs of Benzo Addiction
If you recognize any of the signs below in yourself or a loved one, then it’s time to give Palo Verde Wellness a call and seek out benzo addiction treatment.
- A higher and higher dosage of the drug is needed to achieve the same effects
- The drug user’s life revolves around the drug
- An individual cannot function without the drug
- The drug user panics if the drug is not readily available
- The user experiences severe withdrawal symptoms begin if they don’t have the drug
Benzo Addiction Treatment at Palo Verde Wellness
When benzos are used not as prescribed, addiction is a real and scary risk. At Palo Verde Wellness, we offer substance abuse treatment programs to get to the heart of addiction and craft a clear path to recovery and long-term sobriety. Our treatment team focuses on breaking the addiction cycle by utilizing various therapeutic methods.
When you commit to receiving treatment for a benzo addiction, you are committing to working with a highly qualified team of professional treatment team specialists. At Palo Verde Wellness, you will receive a personalized treatment plan with therapies that will work best for you and your needs. Our benzo treatment program combines clinical therapies, experiential therapies, and wellness coaching. Some of the things you can benefit from at our treatment facility are:
- Life skills training
- Nutrition education and counseling
- Yoga therapy
- Motivational incentives
- Recovery groups
Our California treatment center is committed to providing treatment for each person in our care. Therefore, we are proud to offer an LGBTQ+ friendly and transgender safe space. Please don’t be afraid to seek support for your addiction to benzos. Contact Palo Verde Wellness today at 760.209.6683 to learn more about all of our treatment programs in Palm Springs, California.