Benzodiazepines are prescription medicines that help calm you down. They come in short and long-acting formulas, and when taken responsibly, they can be beneficial. Some of the more widely known of these are alprazolam (Xanax®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), and diazepam (Valium®).
However, much has been reported about benzodiazepines, their use with other drugs, like opioids, and the number of deaths benzos have caused alone or with other drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says, “16 percent of overdose deaths involving opioids also involved benzodiazepines.” Florida is no stranger to overdose deaths involving benzos and benzos taken with other drugs.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released data on the more than 100,000 overdose deaths in the country. Florida’s overdose rate rose 24.5% from April 2020 to April 2021; most of this time was at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. There were 6,238 overdose deaths in Florida in April 2020. That number jumped dramatically to 7,769 a year later. (Figure 1b; Reported)
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement compiled data from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission 2019 annual report. Prescription benzodiazepines, along with other prescription medicine, contributed to the cause of death and are present at death in more cases in Florida and in the Fort Lauderdale metro area, where Hollywood is located.
The report notes that alprazolam, nordiazepam and clonazepam top the list of benzodiazepines. It also states that “alprazolam, nordiazepam and clonazepam are rarely the sole cause of death, but are common as contributing to the cause of multi‐drug deaths.” Benzos, taken with other drugs, like opioids, of which fentanyl is included, are often found in autopsies.
State of Florida Cause of Death and Present at Death Data
- Alprazolam (Xanax®): Cause of death: 614, Present at death: 909
- Diazepam (Valium®): Cause of death: 128, Present at death: 300
- Clonazepam (Klonopin®): Cause of death: 113, Present at death: 384
- Fentanyl: Cause of death: 3,244, Present at death: 411
- Fentanyl analogs: Cause of death: 922, Present at death: 496
Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Data
In the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area, there were 140 deaths from alprazolam and 133 deaths with alprazolam in combination with other drugs. (page 9) Benzos are often taken with opioids, which is a dangerous combination. People aged 35-50 succumbed to alprazolam-related deaths more than any other age group. There were 24 deaths from diazepam; 12 each reported as the cause of death and present in the body at death.
Benzodiazepines can be addictive, even when taken as prescribed. Although they are meant to be taken for a short time, many people find they have to take them in order to function. They are unknowingly addicted to benzos.
Benzodiazepine detox and treatment is the safest way to end the abuse of these medicines. While there are many detox and treatment facilities in Broward County, it is best to choose one that is accredited and licensed to care for you. A detox center should be able to handle any acute medical needs you require when withdrawing from benzos. Arete Recovery is close to Hollywood, FL, and is fully staffed with licensed medical and addiction professionals.
Arete Recovery Drug Rehab in Hollywood, FL
Drug rehab may sound ominous, but it is the most effective way to end benzodiazepine addiction. Your safety, privacy, and dignity are paramount to the care team on our campus. We treat each person under our care as an individual with individual needs. Your treatment plan will be developed with input from you and be tailored specifically to you.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can vary in severity and usually begins 24 hours after the last dose is taken. It would last from a few days to a few months, depending on how many and how often the drugs were consumed. There are generally three stages: early withdrawal, which is also called rebound symptoms, acute withdrawal, which is usually the most difficult stage, and protracted withdrawal, sometimes called post-acute withdrawal syndrome.
Each stage of benzo withdrawal can be easier and less distressing when you are in detox at Arete.
Detox is the most vital first step in benzodiazepine treatment. As your body eliminates toxins, it will be working hard to return to a normal state of functioning. Benzo withdrawal can produce some symptoms that might be life-endangering, such as seizures and hallucinations. This is why it is imperative to be under 24/7 medical observation by licensed medical professionals. When you are in our care, we are immediately available to handle any urgent medical needs that arise and to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Inpatient treatment is a residential program where you will reside on our campus as you engage in proven therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy and educational sessions. Each step you take in this program will support and guide you as you progress in your addiction treatment.
Detox alone will not be enough to end benzo addiction. It must be followed through with comprehensive and integrated therapies that treat your substance use disorder and any mental health disorder you may have. Additionally, inpatient treatment will include relapse prevention strategies that you can use once you are on your own.
These have proven valuable to those who use them. We at Arete also provide gender-specific group therapy sessions if you feel you need to be among your own gender.
Partial hospitalization or PHP is an intensive form of outpatient care. You may live at home and attend 20 hours per week of structured, intensive treatment. PHP is usually a short-term treatment that is focused on co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. You may find that this is a good option after you have completed detox and inpatient treatment.
Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) consists of nine or more hours of treatment for three to five days per week and may last up to three months. Your treatment plan will likely include intensive therapies and group sessions that focus on relapse prevention and creating and maintaining healthy choices that aid in long-term recovery from benzodiazepine addiction. Our IOP bridges the gap between inpatient treatment and living on your own. This is a needed step from inpatient treatment to outpatient care.
Aftercare is our special program that consists of Arete addiction treatment graduates like yourself. It can be daunting to go back to our life after you’ve been away and face the challenges that seem to find their way to you. Our aftercare program will give you peers that you can reach out to for support and direction, get-togethers to engage in clean fun, and plenty of helpful people who are there if you need assistance in finding a new job or place to live. Aftercare is your personal support team.
Benzodiazepine Treatment and Detox in Hollywood, FL, FAQ
It is understandable that benzodiazepine rehab might raise some questions for you. There is much to consider when deciding where to go, how much it will cost, and travel to get there. It is our wish to provide answers to the questions we hear from those who want to rehab in Hollywood, Florida. Below, we hope you will find the answers you need. If not, we are always available for you to contact us.
How long is rehab?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes from research that 90 days is considered the length of time in rehab for addiction treatment to be effective. This doesn’t mean you will be at Arete for 90 days. As each person that comes to us has individual needs, rehab will be as long as it is needed for them. Your stay in rehab depends on your needs.
Does Arete Recovery provide transportation?
Hollywood residents who choose Arete and need transportation to our campus should contact us to assist with arranging travel. If you can take a bus or train to get here, we can provide transportation from the respective station to our center and back. You will need to pay for any fares, though. If you are considering flying to a nearby airport, we provide transportation to and from that airport. Again, you will need to cover the fare.
How much does drug rehab cost?
This is a question most people have when considering drug rehab, and understandably so. The cost of drug rehab is a common reason why some folks do not seek treatment. Generally, the cost can range from a few thousand dollars to much more, depending on which facility you choose, medications, and other factors. However, cost should never be an obstacle to getting the help you need to stop using benzos. There are different ways to cover the cost, from health insurance to payment plans. We’re happy to work with you in finding a way to make drug rehab as affordable as possible.
Do I have to travel?
Travel can be a real challenge for some people. Whether you have a reliable means of transportation or not, traveling to our drug rehab campus is necessary. If you cannot travel to reach us, give us a call, and we will try to find treatment for you closer to where you live.
What insurance carriers does Arete Recovery take?
We take some of the major insurance carrier plans and are in-network with others. Rather than list those, as they tend to change, we encourage you to contact us to verify your insurance. Most of the plans under the Affordable Care Act cover substance use and mental health disorder treatment. It is essential, however, to thoroughly review your plan’s specifications under substance use and mental health. Every plan is different in what is covered, co-pays, co-insurance, and whether you have to pay the deductible first. We can also help you with this also.