Sedatives prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and other conditions are called benzodiazepines (benzos for short). These powerful drugs help calm people down so that they can go about their lives normally. In recent years, increased benzodiazepine misuse and abuse in the U.S. has brought with it a host of concerns and dangers. While opioid use has gotten much of the spotlight, benzodiazepines have also complicated that public health crisis while also becoming an alarming situation on its own. 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 16% of opioid overdose deaths also involved benzodiazepines in 2019. Medical professionals overprescribing these medications have been linked to the rise in benzo use. According to data NIDA cites, the number of U.S. adults who filled a benzo prescription jumped 67% from 8.1 million to 13.5 million between 1996 and 2013. 

Opioids and benzos are also commonly prescribed together, according to NIDA, which makes it easier to abuse them both together. Mixing these drugs can quickly cause consumers to lose consciousness as both medications impair the brain and suppress breathing. Commonly prescribed benzos include:

  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Klonopin (clonazepam)
  • Valium (diazepam)

Benzodiazepine overdose deaths have occurred throughout Florida, including in Broward County, where Weston is located. 

According to data from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, at least 205 people in Broward County died after using benzodiazepines in 2019. Statistics from the second quarter of 2021 show the following:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax) directly caused 19 deaths and was linked to 22 deaths
  • Diazepam (Valium) directly caused one death and was linked to three deaths
  • Lorazepam (Ativan) directly caused one death and was linked to one death
  • Temazepam (Restoril) directly caused three deaths and was linked to one death

Benzodiazepines are intended for short-term use. Using them for longer than prescribed and using them in ways they are not intended can cause one to develop an addiction and other complications. People who misuse benzos include those who have legal prescriptions and those who buy them from the illegal market. Overdose deaths have also been attributed to the potent and deadly opioid fentanyl, which can be passed off to look like legitimate benzodiazepines when they are sold.

Users take these fake drugs, thinking they are benzos when they actually are pure fentanyl or Xanax (or another drug) cut with fentanyl or fentanyl analogs. If you are using benzos bought on the street or in recreational circles, you are at risk of taking a benzodiazepine that is not that drug at all.

Arete Recovery Drug Rehab in Weston

Misusing any substance puts people at risk of overdosing and dying. Some people may want to stop their drug use but find it hard to do because of the strong dependence they have developed. If you have tried to quit benzodiazepine use on your own, you may know how difficult it is to do without going through rough withdrawal periods that end up with you going back to the drug. You can get off the merry-go-round of benzo use with Arete Recovery’s help. We specialize in addiction recovery for people in Weston and surrounding areas in South Florida as well as the state and nation abroad.

We are a short drive from Weston, about a 20-minute drive east of the northwest Broward County city. We call Pembroke Pines home and are dedicated to helping people take their lives back after a battle with benzodiazepine addiction.

We also can treat benzo users who have a mental illness with our sister facility Vista Pines Health. Both are located on the same campus, and we handle all services on our campus. Patients with a mental disorder and a benzodiazepine use disorder must be treated for both together to give them the best outcome.

As mentioned, many people will try to quit benzo medications on their own. In most cases, this is a sudden decision that brings unfavorable results. We do not recommend stopping any medication or substance abruptly. The body cannot handle it, and this can put your life in danger. Instead, we recommend that people attend a professional treatment program to treat their addiction properly.

Arete Recovery’s addiction care and medical professionals are ready to help you work toward full-time sobriety, leaving benzodiazepine addiction for good. Our facility provides medical detox, inpatient/residential treatment, and post-treatment services.

Detox

For many people, recovery begins in the critical stage of medical detox. Per the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), this is the first phase of the continuum of care, and it is designed to help patients regain medical stability as the detox process helps them manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Detox is critical because it sets the stage for what’s to come. If you don’t complete this stage, you could return to benzo use, which can lead to a fatal overdose.

Our professionals will monitor you 24-hours a day, ensuring you get through this critical period without relapsing. We will be on hand to give you medications and other things you need to manage your symptoms as the substances you used leave your body. You can rest knowing that you are getting the support you need. If any medical complications or emergencies come up, we will be there to see you through. You may be put on a taper that gradually reduces benzo use so that your system can adjust to the changes you are making.

Inpatient/Residential

Medical detox is hardly enough on its own to stop someone from abusing benzodiazepines. Arete Recovery’s facility accommodates patients who need more time to gain mental and emotional stability as they work to understand more about their condition. After detox, many people need an environment where they can process all that is happening and what change they need to make for their lives going forward.

Arete’s comfortable, spacious, private, and distraction-free environment is just the place that facilitates the healing that people with a substance use disorder need. Residents receive therapies and counseling and participate in activities that take place in a structured environment geared toward recovery.

Aftercare

When you finish your program with us, you are not on your own. People who are new to sobriety need support as they learn to live on their own without using substances. Our staff will ensure you have what you need to manage your life and choices in ways that benefit you. Your time with Arete also keeps you connected to a recovery community that understands your needs and can give you the encouragement to go forward. 

Benzodiazepine Treatment and Detox in Weston FAQ

You probably have questions as you consider getting treatment for your benzodiazepine use disorder. We want you to get all the information you need before making this important decision. We answer some of our most frequently asked questions here, but please contact us with additional questions you have. If you need clarification about anything we mention here, please feel free to call or email us.

How Long Is Rehab?

You will receive benzodiazepine treatment as long as your needs dictate. If you must address a mental health disorder in addition to your benzodiazepine use disorder, you’ll likely be in treatment longer. Your stay may involve several different settings in addition to inpatient/resident. NIDA recommends that patients spend at least 90 days (three months) in treatment.  Longer treatment has been linked to increased chances of success in recovery.

Does Arete Recovery Provide Transportation?

We aim to help patients overcome transportation challenges, a common barrier to people getting to rehab. While you will be responsible for making your travel arrangements by whatever mode of transportation you choose, we can arrange for transportation to pick you up and bring you to our facility. We can also take you back to your dropoff point so that you can safely return home. If you have to leave our campus for another treatment-related service, we will arrange for transportation for you.

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?

Your rehab costs will depend much on what your treatment program entails. In some cases, rehab bills can run several thousands of dollars. While we cannot definitively say how much your program will cost, we can advise you to consider what you will need for your recovery program. 

Where you receive your treatment, the length of time you’ll be there, the psychotherapies you receive, and other factors will affect the bottom line. Arete’s team will be transparent about your program’s costs. We can also review payment options with you so that paying for your treatment is possible. Cost is a big deterrent for many people who need treatment. We believe the cost of passing up benzo treatment is more expensive as this decision can cost you your life. If the cost is making you rethink paying for rehab, please give us a call. We want to help you in any way we can.

Do I Have to Travel?

Yes, traveling to our Pembroke Pines facility is required. You can call us to discuss your travel concerns.

What Insurance Carriers Does Arete Recovery Take?

We are in-network with many major insurance carriers. Our team can call your insurer to verify if your insurance plan partially or totally would cover your program with us. You can call your insurer to learn more about your coverage and what out-of-pocket costs you would be responsible for during your stay if any. Generally, insurance providers must cover mental health disorders and substance use disorders under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid at this time.

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