Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program

What is Benzodiazepine?

Benzodiazepines are powerful sedative drugs, sometimes considered sedative-hypnotic drugs.  Benzodiazepine was first formulated in 1955 and by the 1970’s, benzodiazepine drugs were the most prescribed drug on the whole planet.  In such a short time, Benzodiazepines essentially replaced barbiturates in treating the symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, insomnia, and even alcohol withdrawal.  Benzodiazepines work by affecting the GABA neurotransmitter in the brain.  The chemical process by which benzodiazepine works reduces communication between brain cells, which produces the drugs sedation effect of the body.  When used correctly, benzodiazepines are an effective drug treatment with medical uses.  However, one problem with benzodiazepine use is how rapidly a tolerance forms with prolonged use.  An individual who has become physically dependent upon benzodiazepine, would require more of the drug to get the same effect.  Another serious effect of benzodiazepines is their mechanism of action as a central nervous system depressant.  When mixed with other such Central Nervous System depressants such as alcohol or opioids, it can create a high risk of mortality and increase the risk of a fatal overdose occurring.  This is a cause of concern since many benzodiazepine addicts will often combine other drug or struggle with polysubstance abuse, which can prove fatal to the drug addicted individual.

 What are the Side Effects of Benzodiazepine Abuse?

There are many side effects that come with the sedative-hypnotic class of drugs.  Those who are addicted to benzodiazepines only intensify these side effects even further when combining other drugs.  Some symptoms of simply abusing benzodiazepines only are:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Slowed Heart Rate
  • Shallow Breathing
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Blurry Vision
  • Slowed Reaction
  • Retrograde Amnesia


Benzodiazepine Addiction and Benzodiazepine Withdrawals in Wakefield, MA

For residents of Wakefield, Massachusetts, benzodiazepine abuse can result in an increased tolerance to the drug, causing the drug abuser to require increasingly larger dosages of the drug to obtain the same desired effect.  With the increase in dosage over an extended period, an individual will become physically dependent on benzodiazepine.  Abuse of benzodiazepine can be dangerous on its own but the withdrawals from benzodiazepine abuse can kill you.  Withdrawals from benzodiazepine are life-threatening and attempts to cease using benzodiazepines should never be done without the supervision of medical professionals.  The symptoms of withdrawals from benzodiazepine include the following:

  • Extreme Anxiety
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Irregular Heart Rate
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures


The risk of mortality due to benzodiazepine withdrawals is great when a drug addicted individual attempts to detox from benzodiazepines on their own.  When benzodiazepine addicted individual wants to stop taking the drug, they need to admit to an inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification facility, where they can be under a physician’s care as they are tapered off the drug safely and stabilized under the care of trained and experienced medical and nursing professionals.  Upon completion of an inpatient drug and alcohol detox for benzodiazepine addiction, the individual would then need continuing addiction treatment at an outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program.  For benzodiazepine addicted individuals, Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center offers the Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program, located in Wakefield, MA.

The Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts

Individuals in the Wakefield, MA area who struggle with drug addiction to benzodiazepines can receive the help they need through the Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center.  The Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center offers several levels of care: the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and the Outpatient Program (OP).  We even have our PHP Program and IOP Program available through Telehealth Services with the Virtual PHP Program and the Virtual IOP Program.  By using proven methods, the clinical team at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center of Wakefield, MA, will utilize therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in our individual therapy sessions.  In our Group Therapy clients will hear from their peers and speak on their shared experiences in struggles with addiction.  Clients will explore co-occurring disorders that are common with drug or alcohol addiction.  Family counseling sessions will also be available in the Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center, located in Wakefield, MA.

Why Choose the Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center in Wakefield, MA?

The team at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center believes that every drug or alcohol addicted individual has it in them to achieve full recovery from their addiction.  We are proud to be a part of the recovery process of our clients.  That feeling of watching that light turn on again in the eyes of individuals as they begin to feel better and start to take control of their lives again, is an amazing feeling.  Our staff will work closely with each client in making an individualized treatment plan that is unique to them.  In addition to Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center’s group therapy sessions and individual therapy sessions offered by our therapists, we offer specialized counseling services, case management, medication management, and aftercare assistance for those who need a more stable environment such as assistance in finding placement for a bed with a Sober House.  The team at Aftermath will go above and beyond for our clients.  We take immense pride in the fact that we have walked the path to recovery.  We are a dual diagnosis treatment center for addicts, founded by recovering addicts.  All of our staff members take great honor that we approach treatment planning differently from other treatment centers.  Our foundation for our treatment planning begins and ends with the most crucial ingredients: love, empathy, and direction.  We also believe that it is imperative to include the client’s thoughts, opinions, and experiences in their treatment planning.  It is not THEIR treatment plan or MY treatment plan; it is OUR treatment plan.  We are in this together and together we will rise from the ashes of our addiction, stronger than before.

Contact us today to inquire about the Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment Program offered at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center in Wakefield, MA.

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