Benzodiazepine addiction is a reoccurring scourge in Pompano Beach, Florida, as it is in Broward County and the state. Drugs in the benzodiazepine class include the widely known and often prescribed alprazolam (Xanax®), diazepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), and diazepam (Valium®), to name the most common ones.

Benzos, as they are commonly called, is also a booming business in the illicit drug trade.

The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) 2017 report offers an eye-opening look at benzodiazepine abuse in South Florida and Broward County. Among the highlighted data, the number of benzo non-fatal hospital overdose poisoning cases exceeded those of heroin or prescription opioids for the first half of 2016. Benzo-related cases totaled 1,047, heroin totaled 759, and prescription opioids totaled 508. The NDEWS Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Broward County reported that 14% of youth said they had used prescription drugs without having a prescription from their doctor. Also, slightly more than 100 youths died from a benzo overdose in the South Florida region from 2011-2015.

Also noteworthy, law enforcement indicated that alprazolam was one of the top 10 drugs seized in 2016 in South Florida.

As recently as early 2021, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wrote that “designer benzodiazepines” factored significantly in overdose deaths in 2019. To note, flualprazolam is considered a designer benzo that works similar to alprazolam and has a short onset of action. Flualprazolam is usually sold via online marketplaces and on dark web marketplaces, and is often found in fake alprazolam tablets and advertised as an “alternative benzodiazepine.”

Alprazolam is sold legitimately under the brand name Xanax. However, the sale of fake alprazolam or Xanax tablets, is on the rise through nefarious sellers and could possibly contain fentanyl or fentanyl analogs, which, even in miniscule amounts, can cause a fatality.

Benzodiazepine addiction can wreak havoc in your life and possibly take your life. You can get immediate help with benzo detox and treatment if you live in or near Pompano Beach.

Arete Recovery Drug Rehab in Pompano Beach

Drug abuse doesn’t have to ruin your life. Benzodiazepines can be addictive even when you have a prescription to take them. They are frequently prescribed for short lengths of time and are often prescribed for you along with an opioid after surgery.

Long-term benzo use or abuse can cause adverse side effects, including:

  • Slurred speech
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Shakiness
  • Trouble breathing

Dementia is another possibility if you continue to abuse benzos. However, the most dangerous effects of abusing these drugs are overdose and death.

Drug rehab for Pompano Beach residents is as close as Arete Recovery, an accredited substance use treatment facility in Pembroke Pines, Florida.


Drug rehab begins with a comprehensive assessment of your most urgent mental health and substance use issues. After this is completed, you will most likely begin medical detox. Benzodiazepine detox is a medically managed step in substance use treatment. While you are in detox, a dedicated team of medical and addiction specialists will care for you 24/7. You could be in detox for up to 14 days, depending on how addicted you are to the drug(s) you’ve taken.

It is possible you could be given FDA-approved medication while in detox to help manage any withdrawal symptoms you experience. Please know that your safety and privacy are paramount to the Arete Recovery staff. They will do whatever is needed to ensure you are medically stable and that you feel safe during detox. Accredited and licensed detox and addiction treatment services are essential if you are serious about ending benzodiazepine abuse.  They can handle any other medical issues that could arise and are immediately available.


After you finish with detox, the next step is to be admitted into the inpatient/residential treatment program. Here, you will live on our campus in a home-like setting while you participate and progress through the needed behavioral therapies, educational sessions, and individual, group, and family therapy meetings. If requested, we may be able to accommodate you in gender-specific group therapy if this helps you to feel more safe and secure.

Arete Recovery also provides mindfulness, emotion, and solution-based therapies and the always needed relapse prevention. You will still be medically observed during this time, and any needs will be tended to. Many people in residential treatment have mental health and substance use disorders, a condition called dual diagnosis. We treat both disorders with an integrated approach that could benefit you.


It is not easy to be back in your world when substance use treatment is finished. There will be times when your triggers to use benzodiazepines will be right there waiting for you. Aftercare was developed with these situations in mind. Our program surrounds those who have been in your same position, bolstering you, supporting you, and cajoling with you. Planned get-togethers, educational meetings, and support groups are all within reach when you need them. Arete Recovery does not release our clients to go into the world after treatment without a solid network of support.

Benzodiazepine Treatment and Detox in Pompano Beach FAQ

If you live in or close to Pompano Beach and are searching for benzodiazepine rehab, Arete Recovery is the place to be. Despite all of the helpful information above, we’re sure you will have questions that haven’t been answered. How much drug rehab costs and how you will get to the treatment facility are two of the barriers to treatment most people have. That is why we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see the questions on your mind, please feel free to contact us.

How long is rehab?

Addiction is a chronic disease that needs treatment tailored to each individual’s most urgent needs. Detox alone will not help you maintain sobriety. Your chances of being able to maintain sobriety increase when treatment continues with behavioral therapies, counseling, and support. The length of time in rehab is usually 90 days (three months). This allows all of your needs—psychological, social, medical, vocational, and legal—to be met. You may or may not need to be in rehab for 90 days. This will likely be determined when you are admitted.

Does Arete Recovery provide transportation?

Transportation is one of the most common obstacles to seeking addiction treatment. It is often noted as a reason why people don’t get help. However, we do not believe it should be a reason to avoid treatment. We provide transportation to and from our campus from nearby airports, bus, and train stations. We also provide rides to and from off-campus medical appointments. You will need to arrange transportation and pay for the fare, though. We are glad to help you work through any transportation obstacles you may have, so reach out and let us try to help in this regard.

How much does drug rehab cost?

Drug rehab generally ranges from a few thousand dollars to much more, depending on where you go. While that may seem unaffordable, there are always solutions that can break through the drug rehab cost barrier. We don’t think money should get in the way of obtaining help for drug addiction. We’re happy to discuss the cost of rehab with you and find options for payment, such as insurance, payment plans, and other means of affording substance abuse treatment.

Do I have to travel?

Most people will have to travel to reach our campus. If traveling is not an option for you, we may be able to help you find someplace closer to home for substance use treatment. If you are coming to us from within the state, county, or are from out of state, you will have to travel.  Many people find that attending drug rehab away from home is a good change of environment. Arete is located in sunny, warm South Florida, which may entice you to come here if you live someplace cold and dreary.

What insurance carriers does Arete Recovery take?

We take most of the major insurance carrier plans. We are also in-network with some of them, which could save you money.  However, we do not currently take Medicaid or Medicare. It is best to reach out to us and ask what insurance carriers we currently accept. It is also a good idea to review your insurance plan to see what it covers. You may also want to contact them and ask them a few essential questions, such as:

  • Does my plan cover detox services?
  • Does my plan cover inpatient substance use treatment, and for how long?
  • Does my plan pay for any medication I’m given in detox or inpatient treatment?
  • How many outpatient visits are covered?

We can also help you with any insurance-related questions.

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