Benzodiazepines, referred to as “benzos,” are a class of medications commonly prescribed for the treatment of everything from anxiety and insomnia to grief. Unfortunately, these medications are extremely habit-forming, leading many long-term users to develop physical and psychological dependence, or even substance use disorders. Unfortunately, these drugs continue to be widely prescribed for conditions that far exceed the reach of their FDA approval, and with little to no informed consent from prescribers. As a result, many individuals find themselves unwittingly addicted to these medications, even when taken only as prescribed.  If you or someone you love is struggling with a dependence on benzodiazepines, True Life Center can help. Our benzo addiction treatment program in San Diego is one of few in the country with the experienced practitioners you need to safely taper off these drugs for good.

male patient consults with female addiction professional during benzo addiction treatment program

What Is A Benzo?

You may not have heard the terms “benzo” or “benzodiazepine,” but surely you are familiar with one of the brand names — Xanax, Librium, and Ativan, to name a few. These drugs are known for their sedative qualities, meaning they depress the nervous system to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. These qualities make benzodiazepines a popular choice for treating everything from panic attacks to restless leg syndrome. It can also be used as a replacement drug during substance use withdrawal to help quell uncomfortable side effects. For short-term use, benzodiazepines can be safe and effective. Long-term, however, benzodiazepine use can lead to a host of problems ranging from worsening anxiety, to physical ailments and insomnia, to addiction.

According to a study by the American Psychiatric Association, more than 1 in 8 US adults used a benzodiazepine in 2018. As those numbers continue to trend upward, so too will the number of individuals finding it difficult to stop their benzodiazepine use without clinical intervention. If you or a loved one is in need of benzo addiction treatment, True Life Center can help.

What Are the Long-Term Side Effects of Using Benzo?

Ironically, long-term side effects of benzo use may include a worsening of the symptoms patients obtained the prescription for in the first place. They include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Physical Pain
  • Memory Impairment
  • Sleep Disturbances

More alarming than the rising number of benzo prescriptions, however, is the rise in the number of individuals taking benzos in combination with other drugs. Mixing benzodiazepines with opioids or alcohol is, at best, dangerous and, at worst, fatal. True Life Center has experience helping individuals for whom benzodiazepines are the primary addiction, as well as those who struggle with benzodiazepines and other substances. If you or a loved one need help getting off of a benzodiazepine, please consider a qualified benzo addiction rehab program like the one at True Life. Because benzodiazepines are a legal, prescription medication, many individuals hold the mistaken belief that they can self-taper or go cold turkey without professional help. Please consult with an experienced Benzo addiction rehab program, like the one offered at True Life Center, to learn how you can get off these drugs effectively and safely.

Recovery Begins at True Life Center

True Life Center’s benzo addiction treatment program in San Diego offers a uniquely integrative approach. Using neurobiological integration, we embrace a holistic view of wellness that includes improving emotional, mental, and physical health. A combination of modalities, both traditional and innovative, will play a role in your healing when you receive benzo addiction treatment at True Life.

Treatment at True Life Center involves seeking balance in all aspects of life. We provide psychotherapy and psychiatry, but that’s just one part of the picture. We also know the importance of eating nutritious foods, getting daily exercise, deep breathing, and playing through music and art. All of these holistic practices, and more, are a crucial part of our program.

At True Life Center, we view recovery as an ongoing commitment to yourself and your wellness. That’s why we provide superior outpatient and aftercare options that give you the tools and support not just to get well, but to stay well. Whether you’re struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or a combination of the two, our expert and experienced staff will help you achieve recovery through benzo addiction treatment. Contact us today at 866.420.1792 to reclaim the freedom and joy you deserve.