Benzos, or benzodiazepines, are prescription tranquilizers that are used safely and according to doctors’ instructions by over 30 million people. Unfortunately, there are millions of people who have become addicted to these drugs. It is estimated that about one-fifth of all benzo use is actually benzo abuse. Benzodiazepine addiction is best treated in a benzo addiction treatment facility where evidence-based therapies are provided by professionals, and clients are closely monitored to reduce risks and increase favorable long-term outcomes. 

If you are looking for a substance abuse treatment program in Nashville, TN for yourself or someone you love, reach out to Nashville Treatment Solutions. We can answer your questions about benzo rehab, benzo abuse, and benzo addiction treatment. Not only that, we can show you your options for getting started on your recovery. Contact us by using this online form or by calling us at 866.714.5630. Our staff is here to help. 

Benzodiazepine Addiction

When your doctor prescribes a drug in this class, for example, Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin, it is generally for symptoms of anxiety or insomnia. People who misuse these drugs are seeking the relaxation of mind and body and an overall feeling of well-being. You may have acquired a prescription from your physician only to begin taking them more frequently than prescribed. There are state registries that pharmacies have access to in order to find out if someone is filling too many prescriptions. Still, it is relatively easy to cross state lines, use a different name, or otherwise game the system if the need is strong and access limited. 

When accessing benzos via prescription is no longer possible, people with addiction may resort to stealing from friends or family, and finally, these drugs are available on the street market. The two benzos most readily available on the black market are clonazepam and alprazolam.

The more time spent acquiring the medication, the greater the risk that someone is addicted. But what tips the balance from use to abuse to addiction? It has to do with how benzos connect with receptors in the brain’s gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system. The result is that:

  • The body reacts more sluggishly to stimuli
  • Fight or flight response is muted
  • Heart rate slows
  • Muscles relax
  • Emotional activation is calmed 

These symptoms, when amplified, can lead to overdose and even death.

Am I Addicted to Benzos?

Chances are you have a benzodiazepine use disorder if you are asking yourself that question. Unapproved use of the drug is the first warning sign. Addiction is likely if you:

  • Tolerate your dosage and increase it
  • Experience uncontrollable panic if the drug is withheld
  • Cannot function without the drug
  • Begin to experience withdrawal if you do not have access

Some of the warning signs and symptoms of addiction to benzos include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Slurred speech
  • Slowed breathing and reflexes
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Erratic behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Poor judgment
  • Loss of coordination

Seek benzo addiction treatment to help you escape from the grip of benzo addiction. You deserve to live a sober, healthy life.

Benzo Addiction Treatment at Nashville Treatment Solutions

If you show signs of addiction to benzos, benzo addiction treatment can help you. What you can expect when you enter benzo rehab after detox is a comprehensive therapeutic approach to your substance use disorder (SUD) using evidence-based therapies. You will be in a safe environment free from triggers and temptations, where you can trust that you are taken care of. 

Our benzo addiction treatment program in Nashville, TN offers quality treatment in a cutting-edge facility. Some of the more than thirty treatment and therapy options we provide include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT)
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Experiential/adventure therapy
  • Family therapy/counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Holistic therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Relapse prevention therapy
  • Religious based programs 

Don’t wait. Reach out to Nashville Treatment Solutions at 866.714.5630 now to find out about these and other substance use and mental health treatments. Find out how we can help you with your benzo addiction and help you find a path to wellness.