Benzodiazepines are a class of prescription central nervous system depressants that are used to treat several different issues, including mental health problems like anxiety and panic disorders. They may also be used to treat sleep disorders like insomnia. However, in Florida and around the country, benzodiazepines can also be misused and abused for recreational purposes. As depressants, they work similarly to alcohol and can create an alcohol-like intoxication. However, they can also cause dependence, withdrawal, and overdose. Overdose is especially dangerous when the drug is mixed with other substances like opioids and alcohol. Learn more about benzodiazepine detox and the addiction treatment options in Tamarac, Florida.

Benzodiazepine Addiction in Tamarac

Addiction is a serious problem all over the United States. Overdose death rates reached a record high in 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Addiction predicts that there were as many as 100,306 overdose deaths over a 12-month period ending in April 2021. This 12-month overdose record far exceeds any previous annual records. Drug addiction and overdose have also affected the state of Florida. An interim report from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission revealed that there were more than 7,040 cases investigated that were found to involve drugs or alcohol in the first half of 2020.

Alcohol has long been the most common drug to find in drug-related deaths, and it’s still a serious problem in Florida. However, the period between January and June of 2020 was the first time another drug surpassed alcohol in drug-related deaths. The powerful opioid fentanyl was identified in 16.2% of Florida drug-related deaths. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that comes from illicit sources and is trafficked into the United States. Since it’s so powerful, even small amounts can significantly increase the potency of other drugs that it’s added to.

Benzodiazepines are less likely to cause an overdose than opioids or even binge drinking, but they can be dangerous in high doses. Benzodiazepines like alprazolam, which is sold under the brand name Xanax, are used as recreational drugs in Florida. They are central nervous system depressants, and they can produce some alcohol-like intoxicating effects when they’re used in excess. Alprazolam is the most common benzodiazepine to be found in drug-related deaths in Florida.

The 2020 interim report found that alprazolam was present in 2,182 deaths, and alprazolam was found in 833 of those cases. Near Tamarac in Fort Lauderdale, there were 85 deaths related to alprazolam. However, benzodiazepines are more likely to cause a fatal overdose when they are mixed with other substances like alcohol or opioids. Only four of those deaths in Fort Lauderdale involved alprazolam and no other drug.

Arete Recovery Drug Rehab in Tamarac

Arete Recovery offers inpatient levels of care for people with substance use disorders. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), there are four major levels of care on the continuum of care model. Medical detox and inpatient treatment are the two highest levels of care in addiction treatment, and they involve 24-hour medical or clinical care.

Addiction treatment is designed to address high-level medical, psychological, or social needs related to substance use disorders. Here are some of the levels of care you may go through if you attend treatment at Arete Recovery:

Detox

Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants that can be potentially dangerous during withdrawal. Medical detox is designed to treat people with high-level medical needs, especially needs that are related to withdrawal symptoms. Detox involves 24-hour, medically managed intensive, inpatient treatment. It may also include medications to help you get through withdrawal safely and as comfortably as possible. Medical detox is used to treat people that may go through life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. However, it may also be used to treat people that go through serious withdrawal symptoms that may complicate other health conditions. In addition to medical treatment, you’ll start psychotherapies in detox. This may involve individual or group therapy sessions.

Inpatient/Residential

Inpatient and residential treatment is the next level of care after medical detox. It still involves 24-hour care, though it’s less medically intensive. Inpatient treatment involves medically monitored inpatient treatment. That means that medical staff will be available to monitor your condition and intervene if it’s necessary to address or avoid complications. In residential treatment, you will go through clinically managed care 24 hours per day.

This may include a dorm or apartment-style residential setting with constant access to care. You will go through many hours of therapies each week. This may include behavioral therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy. Through inpatient treatment, you will work through a personalized treatment plan that’s designed to address your medical, psychological, and social needs.

Aftercare

Aftercare isn’t an official level of care in addiction treatment, but it’s a post-treatment program that’s provided by Arete Recovery. Aftercare may involve periodic check-ins to see where you are in your recovery process. Recovery is a life-long process, and aftercare can help connect you to resources to continue your pursuit of recovery, including 12-step programs, job placement programs, and housing resources.

Benzodiazepine Treatment and Detox in Tamarac FAQ

If you’ve realized that you have a substance use problem involving benzodiazepines, you may need addiction treatment services. But finding the right benzodiazepine treatment for your needs can be challenging. You may have many questions going into a treatment program. Common questions involve travel, transportation, costs, and insurance coverage. Here are some common questions about addiction treatment that you may have. If you have other questions, call Arete Recovery at any time.

How Long is Rehab?

Many aspects of addiction treatment are tailored to your individual needs and the length of time you spend in rehab is no exception. There are several levels of care in rehab, and you may spend different amounts of time in each one. Detox may last for five to ten days, inpatient treatment may last a few weeks, and outpatient treatment may last several weeks or months. However, there is no maximum amount of time you should spend in any level of care, and you should take as long as you need to effectively address your addiction.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, spending too little time in treatment may be ineffective. Research shows that 90 days is an ideal minimum amount of time for effective treatment. Those three months may be spent across several levels of care.

Do I Have to Travel?

If you live in Tamarac or in South Florida, you will not have to travel far for addiction treatment services at Arete. However, if you’re in an inpatient treatment program, you will need to pack and prepare as if you were traveling. You will need things like clothes and toiletries for your stay in an inpatient treatment program. If you’re coming from out of town, you’ll need to travel if you want to attend treatment at Arete. Traveling for addiction treatment gets you out of your routine and your life in active addiction, so it has some pros despite the inconvenience of being away from home. But if you can’t travel, there may be effective treatment options in your area.

Does Arete Provide Transportation?

Transportation issues may be a barrier to effective addiction treatment, and Arete can help with some aspects of your travel. If you’re flying in from out of town, you will need to get your own flight. However, when you get into South Florida, you will not have to get a taxi or a ride-sharing service. We can pick you up at the airport to bring you to Arete Recovery. Throughout your stay in inpatient treatment, we can also help get you to any outside appointments with specialists or off-campus doctors. However, most of your needs will be taken care of at Arete.

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

The cost of drug rehab is as variable as your addiction treatment plan. Rehab, like other forms of inpatient healthcare services, can be expensive, costing as much as several thousand dollars. There are many factors that go into the final cost of treatment, including the type of treatment center you go to, the amount of time you spend in high-level care, the therapies you go through, and the medications you take. However, your insurance provider will likely offer at least some coverage for addiction treatment services. But the amount of coverage you receive and the therapies that are covered will depend on your insurance company and policy.

What Insurance Carriers Does Arete Take?

Arete accepts most insurance coverage from private insurance providers, but we don’t accept coverage from government-funded insurance programs like Medicare or Medicaid. Insurance companies are required by law to offer coverage for mental and behavioral healthcare, including inpatient drug rehab. Arete is an in-network treatment center for many insurance companies, including Carisk Behavioral Health and Lower Hudson Valley. However, it’s important to note that you don’t need to have an in-network provider to qualify for coverage at Arete.

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