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What Are Benzos?

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Benzos, or benzodiazepines, are highly addictive drugs. Despite being so addictive, the prescription of benzos is quite common for things like anxiety disorders and insomnia. Understanding the risks of using any drug before taking it is very important. Unfortunately, many people do not heed this advice.

Prescription drug addiction is at an all-time high, and the best way to beat an addiction is to enroll in an accredited drug treatment program at a facility like Virtue Recovery Las Vegas. Give the highly qualified treatment team a call at 866.520.2861 to learn more about the dangers of benzos and what benzo abuse treatment looks like. You can also reach out to us online. 

What Are Benzos? 

Benzos are a sedative drug most often prescribed to help treat seizures, anxiety, insomnia, and other mental health or neurological conditions. Common brand names that you may recognize are: 

  • Valium 
  • Ambien 
  • Xanax 
  • Lunesta 
  • Klonopin 

The sedation that results from taking benzos slows down and even stops, in some cases, the rate at which the brain reacts to things like stress and anxiety. This calming effect results from the slower rate neurotransmitters function in the brain. A prescribed dose of benzos can be beneficial in treating mental health conditions. However, if a person takes more than their prescribed dosage, they may become dependent on the drug and need professional help.  

What Are Signs of Benzo Abuse?  

You can look out for some specific signs to signal that addiction to benzos may exist. If you or someone you care about exhibits any of the following symptoms, reach out for help through an accredited treatment center. Benzo addiction signs include the following: 

  • A regular state of confusion 
  • Uncharacteristic lack of coordination
  • Sleepiness and drowsiness during the day 
  • Noticeable behavioral changes 
  • Depression or anxiety 
  • Speech issues 
  • Tremors or shaking 

Additional risks and side effects, both short- and long-term, can exist if a person takes benzos while drinking alcohol. It’s a disastrous recipe for a potential overdose. For those over 65, taking benzos can increase the chances for signs of dementia to set in earlier than usual.  

How Benzo Abuse Treatment Can Help

Treatment for an addiction to benzos looks different depending on each person’s individual needs. There are a variety of treatment modalities that can be used to create a customized plan and a very personalized experience. After an evaluation, detoxification may be necessary to remove the drug from the body thoroughly. This happens under close medical supervision to manage any withdrawal symptoms.  

Following detox, a combination of individual, group, and family therapies can begin alongside cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and experiential therapies like art, music, and yoga. Therapy provides an opportunity to take a deeper look at the roots of addiction and work to develop healthy coping mechanisms to maintain sobriety for life. 

Contact Virtue Recovery Las Vegas For Benzo Addiction Treatment 

Widely prescribed for treating anxiety, benzo use is increasing, making dependence and addiction more likely. With any drug, there are risks to taking benzos, especially when not taken as prescribed. Overcoming a benzo addiction takes hard work and dedication. If you or a loved one have developed an addiction to benzos, seek professional help as soon as possible.  

Receiving treatment for addiction under the supervision of a professional and caring team in a therapeutic environment will provide you with the best scenario for treatment and recovery success. Virtue Recovery Las Vegas can help you reclaim your life and achieve wellness.

Learn more about benzos, addiction, and how to seek treatment by contacting the professional treatment team at Virtue Recovery Las Vegas today. Call 866.520.2861 or contact us through our online contact form. 

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Gigi Price LMSW, LCDC Clinical Director
Gigi Price holds licenses as a Master Social Worker and Clinical Drug Counselor. She completed her master's degree in Social Work at Texas State University. Over the last decade, Gigi has been dedicated to utilizing evidence-based practices to enhance patient care and treatment planning, resulting in positive, long-term outcomes for patients and their families. Her passion lies in creating a treatment environment where professionals collaborate to bring about positive change and provide a safe, trustworthy therapeutic experience. Patients can be confident in receiving top-quality care under her leadership. In her role as the Clinical Director of Virtue Recovery Houston, Gigi conducted research to identify the most effective approaches for treating patients with acute mental health diagnoses, PTSD, and Substance Use Disorder. She then assembled a team of skilled clinicians who could offer various therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Somatic Exposure, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Gigi takes pride in overseeing the development and implementation of Virtue Houston's Treatment Program, which includes two specialized therapeutic curricula tailored to the unique needs of individuals struggling with mental health issues, addiction, and PTSD.

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