Are you struggling with benzodiazepine abuse in your life? There are many addictive drugs on the market. Some of them are legal, while others are only available for illegal purchases on the streets. While most people know which drugs are addictive, some are completely unaware of the dangers of certain drugs like benzodiazepines. If you’ve become addicted to benzos, treatment is your best option. The benzo treatment program at Crest View Recovery Center can help.

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Young man thinks about going to a benzo addiction treatment centerBenzodiazepines or benzos are prescription drugs that help with panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Some popular drugs that individuals become addicted to through benzodiazepine abuse include:

Drugs like these slow down brain and central nervous system functions. More specifically, they target gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates feelings of stress and anxiety.

 

Are Benzos Addictive?

When most people think of the prescription drug epidemic, painkillers and other opiates usually come to mind. However, benzos are just as addictive. Many experts believe that benzos are even more of a problem because people aren’t aware of their addictive nature, which has caused many to need to go to a benzo addiction treatment center.

Doctors, however, know the addictive nature of these drugs and offer prescription drug addiction treatment. Most of them only prescribe benzos for a short period of time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for people to develop full-blown addictions.

Even if these medications are closely monitored, there is still room for error. Because this is the case, benzos have slowly started to become a problem within North Carolina and make their way on to the “drugs to watch” radar.

A Growing Concern

Some disturbing facts about benzos came out in a 2011 study. Researchers found that millions of people in the United States have benzo prescriptions. In fact, nearly 49 million people had Xanax prescriptions, and another 28 million had Ativan prescriptions.

In 2010, nearly 125,000 people went to the emergency room as a direct result of taking Xanax. Law officials confiscated the drug from over 39,000 people in 2011. Most of these people got the Xanax illegally, and others took it from relatives or friends.

The Dangers of Benzos

People often mistake benzo use in North Carolina for not being dangerous. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Therefore, the need for an effective benzo addiction treatment center in North Carolina is even more necessary. Because it can also take longer for the effects of benzos to kick in than other drugs, people continue to take them until they feel the effects, which makes them take too many and eventually overdose.

Trying to stop taking benzos is another danger as many people experience severe benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms. They severely alter the chemical balance in the brain. Detoxing from the drug is not only painful but also dangerous. The risk of relapse is also really strong with benzos, so people can continue craving the drug months after detox.

Detoxification

Once individuals suffering from substance addiction are placed into a rehabilitation center in North Carolina, the first step to recovery will be a process called detoxification. Detoxification is the medical process of slowly weaning an addicted individual off of the substance they have been abusing. Over time, this process eliminates drugs or alcohol from the patient’s body.

During this process, the patient will experience physical and mental symptoms called “withdrawal symptoms.” The symptoms can be very painful and include things like increased heart rates, profusely sweating and even seizures in some cases. Once this process has been completed, the treated patient will be transferred over to a rehabilitation facility to begin professionally recommended treatments for their addiction disorders.

Here at CRVC, we never recommend individuals to try to detox by themselves at home. We are partnered with a detoxification facility that will offer the recommended length of stay and will oversee each stage of the process to ensure detoxification completion. 

Available Treatments

At Crest View Recovery Center, we take great pride in providing clients with the best possible care. As one of the top drug treatment centers in North Carolina, we have an obligation to provide a high level of care. Our commitment to providing quality services starts with our addiction therapy services, which include:

  • Family Counseling Programs: in these programs, family members are brought in to help both the patient and relative understand a better way to cope with recovery. Both parties are able to share thoughts and feelings on the subject, and the program helps to bond one another closer together. This shows the recovering addict they have a long-lasting support system after rehab completion.
  • Individual Therapy: This therapy allows the patient to talk solely with their therapist about things they may not feel comfortable sharing among others. This oftentimes helps patients to process the emotional side of past situations that ultimately may have helped lead them to their addiction.
  • Group Therapy: This is another term for a group meeting setting. Primarily verbal to allow patients to interact with one another and share stories of their recoveries and experiences while using. This gives the patient support from people going through similar situations.
  • Dual-Diagnosis Therapy: oftentimes, patients are diagnosed with multiple disorders at the same time as having an anxiety disorder while also having a substance disorder. This therapy treats both disorders at the same time and allows the patient to decrease the time spent in our rehab facility.

One thing that sets us apart from the rest is our reality therapy program. Unlike other centers in North Carolina that try to isolate clients, we put our clients in a real-life setting. They live together under supervision at one of our main houses. They learn to cope, lean on each other for support and find out what it takes to re-enter society.

As part of our reality therapy, our clients also learn life skills. Budgeting money and going shopping are examples. We feel that these are basic needs that everyone needs to know before they return to society.

How CRVC Can Help

Don’t let a North Carolina benzo addiction ruin your life. Turn to Crest View Recovery Center when you want only the best that North Carolina can provide. Contact Crest View Recovery Center for more information at 866.327.2505.

A Benzo Addiction Treatment Center at Crest View Recovery Center

At Crest View Recovery Center, we take great pride in providing clients with the best possible care. As one of the top drug treatment centers in North Carolina, we have an obligation to provide a high level of care. Our commitment to providing quality services starts with our addiction therapy services, which include:

One thing that sets us apart from the rest is our reality therapy program. Unlike other centers that try to isolate clients, we put our clients in a real-life setting. They live together under supervision at one of our main houses. They learn to cope, lean on each other for support and find out what it takes to re-enter society.

As part of our reality therapy, our clients also learn life skills. Budgeting money and going shopping are examples. We feel that these are basic needs that everyone needs to know before they return to society.

Don’t let an addiction to benzodiazepines ruin your life. Turn to Crest View Recovery Center when you want only the best that North Carolina can provide. Contact Crest View Recovery Center for more information at 866.327.2505.

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.