Benzodiazepines are prescription medicines that treat insomnia and anxiety. They also relieve muscle spasms or reduce seizures. Benzos, as they are sometimes called, are central nervous system depressants, meaning they slow down the system and can cause a relaxed mood and sleepiness. They come in long and short-acting formulations.

Benzos are also highly abused drugs. Alprazolam, commonly known by its brand name Xanax®, is a primary substance of abuse in Florida and Broward County, where Dania Beach is located. Abuse of this one drug is an all-around problem.

The Florida Medical Examiners Commission (FMEC) reports that there were 205 benzo-related deaths in Broward County from 2016 to 2019. It also reports that there were an alarming 367 alprazolam “in combination with other drugs” deaths that were the cause of death in 2020. Fentanyl was the number one other drug in these deaths, counting for 65.5% of the fatalities. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued a Public Safety Bulletin stating that counterfeit pills, including alprazolam, are made to look like the real thing but could potentially contain a deadly amount of fentanyl which is 2 mg (milligrams). Fake benzos, including clonazepam (Klonopin®), are easily obtained on the Internet and social media through fake pharmacies via smartphones.

The Miami Metro Area, of which Broward County and Dania Beach are included, recorded more benzo abuse data for the year 2016. A report from the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) stated that the number of benzodiazepine nonfatal hospital overdose poisoning cases was 1,047. This figure exceeded those for either heroin at 759 or prescription opioids at 508 in the three counties of southeastern Florida for the first half of 2016. Alprazolam was the No. 1 benzo detected with 36%, followed by nordiazepam at 14%, diazepam at 13%, clonazepam at 10%, and temazepam at 9%. Benzodiazepine abuse was a problem back then and continues to be one today.

Benzodiazepine addiction is one of the most difficult to overcome. The pills can be crushed in order to snort the powder resulting in the user becoming high. Individuals who use cocaine and other opioid abusers will often take a benzo to enhance their high. Addiction to any substance creates havoc in every aspect of a person’s life.

Benzodiazepine detox and treatment is the best choice in helping you stop abusing these drugs. If you live in or near Dania Beach, you could take your first step toward a better life at Arete Recovery.

Arete Recovery Drug Rehab in Dania Beach

Benzodiazepine addiction can take over your life and cause you to lose everything. It doesn’t have to, though. Arete Recovery drug rehab is very close to Dania Beach and can get you on the road to recovery today.

Our caring medical and addiction professionals will start with obtaining a complete assessment of your most urgent needs. They will determine what your level of addiction is, what your social and family life is, if you have any other medical needs, and if you might have co-occurring mental health conditions that need to be treated also. Once this is complete, you will likely head into detox, where you will be medically observed for the time you are in.


Detox at Arete Recovery is the first and most vital step in benzodiazepine addiction treatment. Benzo withdrawal can be dangerous if not cared for by those with experience. Long-term abuse of benzos can cause severe side effects, which include:

  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Coma
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of motor skills

Using these drugs regularly can also result in the same symptoms.

When you are in detox, your body will undergo the process of eliminating all of the toxins from itself. You may be in detox for three to seven days, depending on how long and how many benzos you’ve abused. While you are being cared for by a licensed medical and addiction staff, you may be given other medications to ensure you are comfortable and medically stable.


Once you’ve completed detox, you will move into inpatient/residential treatment. As you begin to participate in evidence-based therapies and educational sessions, you will live on our campus. At Arete Recovery, you will feel at home in a safe and secure environment where we work hard to ensure you are comfortable and that your needs are met.

We practice widely known and widely proven therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). In addition, Arete offers alternative therapies, such as mindfulness-based, emotion-focused, and solution-focused therapies. You may also benefit from life skills training, medication education, and nutritional services. If you desire, we also provide gender-specific group therapy.

Inpatient/residential treatment services also include medical observation in case you have medical needs that need tending. You will have access to the medical care team during this stage of addiction treatment.


Aftercare may sound ominous, but it is the program at Arete Recovery that focuses on you after you are finished with addiction treatment and make your way back into your world. Aftercare services put you in touch with others who have been through your addiction treatment and connect you with outside-the-facility support groups. It may also include aftercare gatherings, help in finding a job or a new home. Whatever you might need once you are back in your world, your aftercare friends are there to help.

Benzodiazepine Treatment and Detox in Dania Beach FAQ

You have questions now, right? Who doesn’t? For those who want to know more, we provide answers to the questions we hear regularly. We know there will be obstacles in seeking help for some people, and we hope to provide answers about them. If you still have questions about benzodiazepine rehab in Dania Beach, our always helpful phone reps may be able to help.

How long is rehab?

Your time in rehab depends on different factors that are personal to you. If you start in detox and progress through inpatient treatment, your time in rehab may be 90 days. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), one of our country’s most respected drug abuse sources, has found that addiction treatment is most effective if you are in treatment for 90 days. Each person we admit into our program is an individual with unique needs; as such, each person’s treatment plan and time in rehab will differ.

Does Arete Recovery provide transportation?

Transportation to and from addiction treatment is one of the most common barriers to receiving help. Our goal is to crush that barrier. We provide transportation from local airports, bus, and train stations to our campus and back. You will have to pay the fares. We also may help with planning and scheduling rideshares. If you have an outside medical appointment that cannot be missed, we provide transportation to and from.

How much does drug rehab cost?

Drug rehab can cost a few thousand dollars to much more, depending on which rehab center you attend. We know that may sound worrisome. Who has a few thousand dollars hanging around? Don’t worry, though. There are always options and solutions that can help defray the cost of drug rehab. Health insurance, private payment plans, and loans from caring people in your life are a few options when considering drug rehab costs. Nothing should get in the way of seeking and receiving drug rehab for benzodiazepines.

Do I have to travel?

Yes, you will have to travel. If you live near or far from Arete Recovery, traveling to us is necessary. If traveling is not something you want to do for drug rehab, you might consider someplace closer to where you live. Consider, though, that drug rehab far from where your triggers are could be the saving grace you really need. We may be able to help you find a licensed and accredited drug rehab center that is closer to your home.

What insurance carriers does Arete Recover take?

We take most of the major insurance carrier plans, except Medicaid and Medicare. We can verify your insurance if you wish. If you have insurance, it is a good idea to review your specific plan to find out what it covers under substance use and mental health disorders. It might also be prudent to write down any questions you have about your plan and ask your provider those questions. You also might want to consider asking:

  • Does my plan cover detox services?
  • Does my plan pay for medications given in detox?
  • Does my plan cover inpatient treatment services? If so, how much?
  • Does my plan cover outpatient treatment services, and if so, how much?
  • What is not included in my plan that I will have to pay out-of-pocket?
  • How much of that will be reimbursed?
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