Benzodiazepine (benzo) use, misuse, and abuse are now among the top public health concerns in the U.S. It’s not a new problem, but opioid addiction’s years-long grip on news headlines helped obscure how big a problem benzodiazepine abuse is in the U.S. Patients use these powerful prescription sedatives for anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. They feel calming, relaxing effects as the medication acts on the gamma-Aminobutyric receptors in the brain.
Some in the medical community point to overprescribing practices as one reason patients abuse benzos. A significant rise in benzo prescriptions is linked to the rise in overdose death rates for these drugs.
People who take benzodiazepines for medical reasons are supposed to use them for a short time. However, some people become addicted to the drug, prompting them to take it longer than prescribed. Other people who abuse them take them in ways they were not intended to be used, such as taking them with alcohol or opioids. Some people crush benzo pills into a powder that is smoked, snorted, or injected into the body via needle. These are all dangerous practices that could lead to death.
Common benzodiazepines are:
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Valium (diazepam)
Overdose on these drugs is serious. If you suspect benzo overdose in yourself or a loved one, call 911 for immediate medical help. Confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, vision problems, slurred speech, and coma are all signs of an overdose.
Benzo Use in the Broward County/Pembroke Pines Area
As in other parts of the U.S., benzo use is affecting Pembroke Pines and the South Florida area in general. Data from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission gives some perspective on the problem. In 2019, benzodiazepines were involved in at least 205 deaths in Broward County, Florida. Its quarter two data from 2021 also helps us see how this problem lingers in Broward communities:
- 19 deaths linked to alprazolam (Xanax); drug was involved in 22 deaths
- 1 death linked to diazepam (Valium); drug was involved in three deaths
- 1 death linked to lorazepam (Ativan); drug was involved in one death
- 3 deaths linked to temazepam (Restoril); drug was involved in one death
Beware of Fake Benzodiazepine Drugs Sold on the Street
Not all benzodiazepine medications are the real thing, especially if they are sold outside of a medical provider or licensed pharmacy. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stresses this in its “One Pill Can Kill” campaign. Fake benzos are not benzos at all in many cases. Instead, as the DEA warns, they are either fentanyl, a deadly opioid that’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, or a pill cut with fentanyl.
Recreational drug users who get a hold of a counterfeit Xanax pill or another kind of benzo are at risk of losing their health and even their lives. While the pull of benzo addiction is strong, it is treatable with professional help.
Arete Recovery Drug Rehab in Pembroke Pines
If you have been using benzodiazepines but can’t seem to stop, our treatment facility can help you. You are not alone in this battle against substance abuse. We help many people who live throughout South Florida, the state, and abroad who want to end their substance use disorder the right way.
Our staff is committed to your recovery from benzo addiction. Our sister facility, Vista Pines Health, is also committed to your mental health. We work with Vista Pines to ensure we are caring for your physical and mental health and well-being. If we find that you have both, we will treat both together at the same time.
We do not recommend that you quit these powerful drugs suddenly. Doing so can harm you and send your body into withdrawal without the medical support you need to make it through this critical time. If you are seeking a full-service inpatient treatment facility, you have found it. Our South Broward-based facility offers detox, therapy, and other services that patients need in this critical period of recovery.
The recovery journey starts here for many people, as it is the first phase of recovery on the continuum of care. A primary goal of medical detox is to help the patient regain physical and mental stability as they manage withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the patient.
Getting through detox can be a rough period for some people, but this is why we are here. We ensure our patients get the 24-hour medical care and attention they need during this important phase. You will be monitored round-the-clock to ensure you are safe and as comfortable as possible while the substances you used exit your body. We may give you medications and other aids to manage your symptoms. You also could receive a medically approved tapering schedule that gradually cuts back on the amount of benzodiazepine use so that your body can adjust to the changes.
Many people try to detox on their own but fail because they don’t have the right support. This is a dangerous position to be in. Many people return to using drugs and/or alcohol to fight off uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. But this on-again, off-again cycle is dangerous. If you go back to using substances after a break, you could relapse because the body is no longer used to it. Sometimes such relapses prove to be fatal.
When your medical detox is done, you likely will need more time to address your benzo dependence and other issues that led you to abuse the drug in the first place. Our inpatient/residential program at Arete allows patients to catch up to themselves as they address their addiction and other challenges.
Inpatient/residential rehab is the ideal setting for people with moderate-to-severe substance use disorders. Our quarters are private, comfortable and offer the comforts of home without distractions. In addition to medical care, our patients receive a daily schedule that ensures they receive therapy and counseling that promotes a healthy focus on the self and healing in all life areas.
Addiction affects more than just the physical. We encourage our patients to adopt a “whole person” mindset when focusing on what they want out of treatment. They also engage in activities that promote health and wellness, exercise, and nutrition, among other things. All of these are important on the journey to sobriety.
Life after treatment is always on the horizon, and once you have finished your program, you will return to the real world. An inpatient/residential program provides you with the tools you will need to navigate your new life, but we don’t expect you to get there overnight. It takes time, and we are here to help you make this transition. How you manage the early recovery period is critical to your post-rehab experience.
This is a challenging time for many people, but as a graduate of our program, you will have access to our aftercare program, which aims to ensure you have the support you need as you start your new life. Aftercare programs offer resources for jobs, housing, life skills, and more.
While your time at Arete will end, your place in our recovery community won’t. You will have gained new friends and contacts who can help you stay connected, motivated, and true to the sobriety goals you’ve set for yourself.
Benzodiazepine Treatment and Detox in Pembroke Pines FAQ
Getting help for benzo addiction is a big step, but it can be a bit overwhelming because you may not know what to expect. As you research information about getting treatment for benzo addiction, you likely have many questions. Here, we answer a few of the common ones we get about our services and addiction treatment in general. Feel free to reach out at any time to ask us questions or if you want more information about anything you read below.
How Long Is Rehab?
Everyone’s rehab experience is different, so your time in treatment will be unique to you. Your needs will determine what stages of rehab you’ll enter, what kinds of treatment you receive, and how long you stay. If you have a mental health disorder in addition to benzo dependence, you will likely receive therapies and services for both. This can add to your time in facility care.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers a guideline of 90 days (three months) for how long rehab services should last. It is thought that spending more time in rehab could improve your chances of overcoming benzo misuse and abuse.
Does Arete Recovery Provide Transportation?
You will need to travel to our Pembroke Pines, FL, to receive treatment here. If you need services offered off-campus, then we will provide transportation to your opinions. However, to get here, you are responsible for making your travel arrangements. Once you arrive in South Florida, we can pick you up at your destination and bring you to our facility.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
Inpatient care can be costly, but if you have medical, psychological, or social issues, then it’s probably the best place to be so that you can get help. Drug rehab expenses can run high, as much as several thousand dollars. Your costs will be unique to your situation. You will have to consider what your treatment program involves. You may need to consider:
- What kind of facility you choose for treatment (luxury vs. standard)
- How long you’ll be there
- The therapies you receive
- Your medication costs
We will review your treatment costs that you incur while in our care, and we will answer your questions and concerns. We can review ways you can pay for treatment. Despite the costs of treatment, we believe you should receive the help you need to overcome a life-threatening, life-altering benzo use disorder. Please reach out to us for more information.
Do I Have to Travel?
You will have to leave home and travel to us for treatment, but if you can’t make it to our facility, you could find a treatment facility closer to where you live. Some people go away to rehab to get the break they need away from familiar surroundings that could contain stressors and triggers. If you live in another area that isn’t close to South Florida, coming here could give you the fresh start you need.
What Insurance Carriers Does Arete Recovery Take?
We accept coverage from many major insurance carriers. Some of them are in-network with us, which means lower rates for services. Among them are:
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield
- CareFirst BlueChoice
Your insurer can clarify what your plan covers. Our team can call your provider to find out what your share of costs is for treatment. We don’t accept coverage from Medicare or Medicaid at this time. In general, healthcare insurers must offer coverage for mental health disorders and substance use disorders under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
We encourage you to reach out to us for treatment, even if your insurance is not in-network with us. We also would like to hear from you if you don’t have any insurance or enough insurance. We offer payment plans and can help you explore your options.