Benzodiazepines, also known as anti-anxiety prescription medications, are commonly known by name brands such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan. There are many different brand and generic names for benzos, and the generics most commonly end in “lam” or “pam”. Benzodiazepines are among the substances that require a medically monitored detox due to the increased risk for seizures for those who are using on a daily basis with a consistent high dose.
With benzo withdrawal, there are two phases that a person will go through. The Acute phase typically lasts between 7-90 days. The Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms that follow (PAWS) can last up to two years. The length of time and quantity of use will determine the extent of these detox phases on a case by case basis.
The most commonly reported benzo withdrawal symptoms are increased anxiety, panic attacks, hyperventilation, tremors, sleep disturbances, muscle spasms, sweating, altered mood, visual disturbances, anorexia and weight loss. The recommendation for benzo detox should be completed by a medical doctor and for the best outcome and safety in an inpatient or residential detox.
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The recommendation for benzodiazepine detox should be done in a licensed inpatient or residential setting with a licensed medical team for increased safety and the best outcome. The treatment program will consists of a full treatment team including a psychiatrist, therapist, counselor, and 24 hour support staff.
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Example of a Benzodiazepine Residential Detox