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Benzo Addiction Treatment Program

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating benzo addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since benzo addiction can affect every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Information on Benzos

Benzodiazepines, called benzos for short, are artificially made medications that cause mild to severe depression of the nerves within the brain (central nervous system). Anxiety, seizures, and other conditions that require this medication may be caused by excessive brain activity. These drugs can work by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that nerves inside the brain use to send messages to each other.

Benzos can treat the following conditions:

  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle spasms
  • Panic disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Social anxiety disorder, but only when antidepressants aren’t effective
  • Panic disorder, but only when antidepressants aren’t effective

What is Benzo Addiction?

Since these drugs are habit-forming, they can lead to addiction. Moreover, long-term use can also build tolerance, meaning lower doses become ineffective, and users will seek higher ones. Some people abuse this medication to experience euphoria. People who have a history of drug or alcohol addiction are more susceptible to becoming addicted to them. 

Benzos are most commonly abused by young adults who crush them up and snort them, or excessively take them to get high.

Side effects of benzo use include:

  • Amnesia
  • Hostility
  • Disturbing or vivid dreams
  • Irritability

Signs of benzo addiction include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Problems sleeping
  • Goosebumps
  • Nausea
  • Uncontrollable leg movements
  • Muscle and bone pain

Signs of benzo overdose include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Clammy skin
  • Weak and rapid pulse
  • Shallow breathing
  • Coma
  • Death

Benzo Addiction Treatment

It can be a challenge to recover from benzo addiction because these drugs can change the chemistry of one’s brain. No one should cut out these drugs cold turkey because it’s dangerous and can result in severe withdrawal symptoms. Health care professionals can help people fight their addiction by formulating a taper schedule to wean them off medication, reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms. The intensity of a person’s withdrawal symptoms depends on the amount and duration of benzo use. 

 

A person struggling with benzo addiction should stay at an inpatient treatment center where they can be monitored during medical detox. A group of professionals can spot and address withdrawal symptoms before they escalate. Around-the-clock care can be difficult for families to provide, but this type of care is standard at a treatment center. 

 

A common misconception about inpatient treatment centers is that they’re impersonal. However, they provide home-like amenities and a soothing environment. For some people, these centers are the only place in which they can get better. 

 

Best of all, inpatient treatment programs are equipped with counselors. A licensed professional can help patients work through their triggers for benzo abuse. Once a person completes the program, they can return to their community with the skills necessary to remain sober and achieve their goals.

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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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BRIAN MEYER

Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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