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Benzo Addiction Treatment

Benzo addiction is a substance use disorder involving the compulsive misuse of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Valium. Benzodiazepine addiction can have serious, life-long consequences if not treated properly. Symptoms may include intense cravings for the drug, increased tolerance to higher doses, difficulty controlling its use, and withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to quit. At Honu House Hawaii, we specialize in providing comprehensive treatment for benzo addiction through evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We help you develop a personalized recovery plan tailored to your needs that consider underlying emotional issues, triggers, and lifestyle factors. We are here to offer support and understanding at all stages of recovery, from detox to aftercare planning – ensuring long-term success in overcoming drug and alcohol addiction.


How does benzodiazepine cause addiction?

Benzodiazepines are prescription medications that can cause addiction when taken for an extended period. They work by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain, which can lead to a feeling of relaxation and euphoria.

Over time, the brain may adapt to the presence of the drug and require more to achieve the same effect, leading to dependence and addiction.

What are the symptoms of benzo addiction?

If you’re concerned about benzodiazepine addiction, some common symptoms include withdrawal when trying to quit, taking more than prescribed, continuing use despite negative consequences, and neglecting responsibilities.

Other signs may include changes in mood, appetite, and sleep patterns. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to seek help.

What does benzo withdrawal feel like?

The common symptoms of benzo withdrawal may include anxiety, insomnia, tremors, sweating, and even seizures in severe cases. It can be a difficult and uncomfortable experience that varies in severity and duration depending on the individual and their usage history. It’s important to seek medical assistance when withdrawing from benzodiazepines to ensure a safe and comfortable process.


Which benzodiazepine is most likely to cause dependence?

All benzodiazepines have the potential to cause dependence if taken for an extended period. However, some are more likely to lead to addiction than others, such as Alprazolam (Xanax) due to its fast onset of action and potent effects. It’s important to use benzodiazepines only as prescribed and under the guidance of a healthcare professional to reduce the risk of addiction.

What is the treatment of benzodiazepine addiction?

Treatment for benzodiazepine addiction often involves a combination of medication, therapy, and support groups. A healthcare professional may gradually taper the individual off the drug to manage withdrawal symptoms, while also providing medications to address anxiety or other mental health conditions. Behavioral therapies, support groups, and lifestyle changes can also be helpful in maintaining recovery.


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