What Do Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms Look Like?

Benzodiazepines are a type of prescription medication most commonly used for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. This class of medication is also known as tranquilizers and includes brand-name medications like Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. Over the course of the past several years, rates of benzodiazepine abuse and addiction have been on the rise throughout the country. This can be largely attributed to elevated prescription rates.

Prescription Stimulant Abuse In General

An article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that roughly 12.5 percent of American adults are currently prescribed a benzodiazepine. Roughly 2.1 percent of these adults abuse their prescription. However, it is important to consider that the majority of people who abuse prescription drugs were never given a written prescription by a medical professional. Instead, they obtain the drugs from friends or family members or find an unused prescription in an unlocked medicine cabinet. Therefore, seeking professional treatment is extremely important if you or someone you love has been abusing a prescription tranquilizer like Xanax. 

Life-Threatening Complications During Benzo Misuse

Unlike the symptoms associated with prescription stimulants or prescription opioid withdrawal, withdrawing from central nervous system depressants in an unmonitored environment can lead to life-threatening complications. At Garden State Treatment Center, we effectively treat symptoms associated with drug and alcohol withdrawal in a closely monitored environment where clients have around-the-clock access to the highest standard of medical care.

What Do Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms Look Like?

Two Main Stages of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms 

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can be broken down into two main stages — the early withdrawal stage and the late withdrawal stage. Depending on the severity of the substance abuse disorder, early benzodiazepine withdrawal can occur within the first several hours after the last use or within the first day or two after the last use. These symptoms are generally acute and severe and include:

  • Generalized aches and pains 
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Body tremors 
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression and suicidal ideation
  • Feelings of detachment from reality 
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Abnormal sensations throughout the body 
  • Insomnia 
  • Persistent nightmares 
  • Grand mal seizures

The Most Effective Addiction Treatment For Benzodiazepine Abuse

If a benzodiazepine abuse disorder is particularly severe, the detox methods we employ include medication-assisted treatment options. Conversely, if a benzodiazepine abuse disorder was mild and short-lived, MAT might not be necessary. To determine which detox methods will be the most effective, we conduct a personalized addiction assessment to determine which detox methods are best suited to each case. The severity of symptoms also depends on whether or not the client has any pre-existing medical conditions or underlying mental illnesses.

 Regardless of what your individualized needs are, we have you completely covered. Our focused detox program prioritizes individualized care. Each one of our clients is also assigned a case manager upon admission who will guide them through the remainder of the treatment process. When it comes to maintaining long-term sobriety, medical detox is only the first step. 

Garden State Treatment Center and Drug Detox Services 

At Garden State Treatment Center, we believe that medical detox should be readily available to everyone who needs to undergo withdrawal in a safe, medical environment. Sadly, most men and women in need of professional addiction treatment fail to seek it, either because they are unaware of the resources that are readily available to them or because they mistakenly believe they can’t afford inpatient detox. 

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At Garden State Treatment Center, we accept most major national and regional health insurance policies, meaning that you or your loved one will pay very little — or nothing at all — out of pocket. So contact us today for a free, no-obligation health insurance benefits check.