For years, opioid addiction and overdose deaths have kept the nation in their tight grip, somewhat overshadowing the rise of benzodiazepine abuse and addiction. But the time has come to face the music—the misuse and abuse of these drugs have quietly become an epidemic of its own that has only added to the burden of keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands of people who abuse them.
Medical professionals’ overprescribing of benzodiazepine medications has led to increased use of the tranquilizers and sedatives that are used to treat people with anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. In recent years, counterfeit drugs made to look like legitimate benzodiazepines have also claimed lives.
Fake Benzodiazepine Pills Are Deadly
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warns about this in its “One Pill Can Kill” campaign. If you or someone you know is taking pills bought off the street or online or anywhere outside of a legitimate, licensed pharmacy, you are taking risks with your life. As the DEA warns, many counterfeit pills are made to look like the real thing, but they are cut with fentanyl, a deadly opioid drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
According to the DEA, the number of seized pills made with fentanyl has jumped nearly 430% since 2019. Lab tests show that two of every five pills contained a deadly dose of fentanyl in them. Xanax (alprazolam), a popular benzodiazepine drug, is among the counterfeit pills sold illegally.
The Florida Medical Examiners Commission reports that in 2019, 205 deaths involved benzodiazepine drugs in Broward County, where the quiet community of Coral Springs is located. Its most recent data for the county shows alprazolam as one of the top drugs involved in drug-related deaths during the second quarter of 2021. According to the data it shares:
- Alprazolam (Xanax) caused 19 deaths and was a factor in 22 deaths
- Diazepam (Valium) caused one death and was a factor in three deaths
- Lorazepam (Ativan) caused one death and was a factor in one death
- Temazepam (Restoril) caused three deaths and was a factor in one death
Overdosing on these medications can cause a host of issues, including:
- Vision issues
- Slurred speech
Some recreational users abuse benzodiazepines with alcohol, opioids, and other drugs, both legal and illegal. This can lead to addiction and death. Benzo addiction is treatable with professional help.
Arete Recovery Drug Rehab in Coral Springs
Coral Springs residents who are struggling to stop misusing benzodiazepines should consider ending this abusive cycle with professional addiction treatment. The Arete Recovery team is ready to help people from all over the county, region, state, and country. Benzodiazepine is likely to continue without you taking action. You don’t have to take that step alone, but you do have to take it.
Arete Recovery is located in south Broward County in Pembroke Pines. We help many people recover from benzo addiction and other harmful, life-threatening substance abuse. Some of our patients also have a mental illness, which is common among people who abuse drugs and alcohol. Here, we help people address their mental health needs at our sister facility, Vista Pines Health. If you have a dual diagnosis, which is the state of having a mental illness and a drug or alcohol problem, you can find effective treatment here that treats both conditions together.
Do Not Quit Using Benzodiazepines ‘Cold Turkey’
While it may seem like a good idea to stop using benzo medications abruptly, we highly recommend that you do not do this. It could be your biggest mistake. Your body will not know how to react to the sudden removal of drugs it has become dependent on. Instead, come to us so that we can start you in medical detox and work toward your recovery in the appropriate treatment program.
You can receive medical detox, inpatient/residential care, and more. Below, we briefly cover the services we offer at Arete Recovery.
When you come into our facility, we will evaluate your physical and mental needs. If you have been regularly using benzos for some time or frequently, you will enter medical detox, which is the standard first step of a recovery program for most people. This process can last several days or longer and is designed to help you get through the hard part of drug withdrawal without relapsing. It’s also helping you gain medical stability so that you can start a longer treatment program.
Our medical and addiction care professionals will monitor you 24-7 to ensure you are safe and cared for during the time toxic substances exit the body. We will address all symptoms you encounter, and should any medical emergencies arise, we will take care of them. Medical support is crucial because it ensures you stop using addictive substances while you adjust to the drug’s removal from your system. Many people don’t get past this period because they go back to using drugs to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
This is why detox is important. If you get through this phase, you can make it to the next one. You will have our support every step of the way.
Once medical detox ends, you will move on to a treatment program. If your benzo use is moderate to severe, you can spend more time addressing your substance use in our
inpatient/residential care facility in Pembroke Pines, less than an hour away from Coral Springs. Arete Recovery offers everything you need as you focus on starting a new chapter. Our private facility offers the comforts of home and minimal distractions. This environment allows our patients to focus on the therapies, counseling, and activities that are all geared toward sober living.
After you finish your treatment at Arete, you will leave our facility, but you won’t be on your own. We don’t send our graduates out on their own without the support they need. There are many challenges in early recovery. You are likely aware of some, but there are others that you may not realize until later. Either way, we are here to help you navigate these challenges with the tools and strategies you learned. Aftercare programs typically help alumni find transitional housing, a job, and other services to make life manageable.
Benzodiazepine Treatment and Detox in Coral Springs FAQ
Your research could lead you to ask many questions as you weigh your decision about getting treatment. You can call or email us with your inquiries. We are standing by, waiting to help in any way we can. We have answered some frequently asked questions we receive about addiction treatment at Arete and just about rehab in general. If you need any more information, please just let us know. We’ll be glad to help you.
How Long Is Rehab?
Many people spend anywhere from 30 days or longer in rehab for benzodiazepine dependence. Your timeline will be unique to you, so it’s hard to say how long you’ll need to stay in rehab until one of our professionals evaluates your condition. We’ll advise you further when we know more about what you’ll need. If you have a mental health disorder in addition to your SUD, you could spend more time at Arete. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advises longer stays in treatment. This could be at least 90 days (three months). Some in the medical community believe a longer rehab stay can increase your chances of achieving recovery from benzo abuse.
Does Arete Recovery Provide Transportation?
We understand that transportation is important to consider. Whether you are coming to us by plane, train, or bus, we can pick you up at the station and bring you to our center. Still, however you choose to travel to us, you must cover your travel arrangements. We will also take you back to the station so you can return home after your stay at Arete is over. Call us for more information or additional assistance.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
Few treatment programs are exactly the same, so we cannot say what drug rehab costs everyone. Some programs can run into several thousands of dollars, but that’s a general estimate. To get a better idea of the expenses of your program, you will have to consider where you go for treatment (on-site vs. off-site; luxury rehab vs. standard rehab), how long you’ll receive treatment there, the kinds of therapies you’ll be assigned, whether you’ll need medications, additional rehabilitation services, and incidentals, among other items. We are transparent about the costs of your rehab program. We will explain your expenses and help you find ways to pay your treatment bills.
We believe no one should pass up on treatment. Too many people do, and this is why so many suffer from crippling conditions that derail their lives. Consider how you want to live and continue on. Please consider getting help as soon as possible. The costs of not going to rehab far outweigh the costs of getting help.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, travel to our facility is required. It’s the only way to receive services here on our Pembroke Pines campus. You may be able to find services closer to your area if you don’t feel like traveling is for you. If you are coming from out of town, South Florida may be just the new environment you need to begin a new chapter in your life. Whether you are local or live abroad, feel free to share any concerns you have about traveling to us.
What Insurance Carriers Does Arete Recovery Take?
Arete Recovery is in-network with many major insurance carriers, including the following:
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield
- CareFirst BlueChoice
We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid at this time. For all other insurers, our verifications team can call your insurance provider to verify your benefits and find out what is and isn’t covered. We will also accept this information from you if you would like to call yourself.
We advise you to ask your insurance provider about what your financial responsibility is for costs your plan does not cover. It will be your responsibility to pay for uncovered services. Coverage for mental health disorders and substance use disorders is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
You can make today the day to leave benzodiazepine abuse behind. Give us a call today to get started.