Every year in the United States, more than 125 million prescriptions are written for benzodiazepines. Also referred to as benzos, benzodiazepines help reduce symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. They are found in a variety of medications, including Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, and Xanax.
Unfortunately, benzos’ powerful sedative effects, combined with the relative ease with which they can be acquired, make the drugs popular choices for people who intend to misuse them for purposes of self-medication or recreational abuse. Benzo abuse contributes to about 300,000 visits to emergency rooms and urgent care centers every year, with adult males between the ages of 18 and 34 involved in the majority of these visits. Because benzos are often abused in conjunction with other drugs, most commonly alcohol, the risk of overdose is magnified.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we understand the strife that can be caused by an addiction to benzos. For this reason, we offer top-notch, high quality programming to help men and women win the battle against addictions to benzodiazepines.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a person becomes dependent upon prescription medications such as benzodiazepines, loved ones may have a particularly difficult time identifying the problem and developing solutions. The following may help you make sense of the situation and make a positive difference in your loved one’s life:
- Learn the signs and symptoms of benzo abuse and dependence. This will help you determine if your loved one’s use of these prescription pills has progressed to the point that professional help is necessary.
- Research the disease of addiction. This will provide you with an essential understanding of the challenges that your loved one may be dealing with.
- Educate yourself about the types of treatment that have helped others who are in similar situations as your loved one, and identify programs that provide the type of care that your loved one needs.
- Be supportive. This is not the time for judgment or ultimatums. Your loved one is in crisis, and before you can help him or her you need to establish that your motives are grounded in compassion and understanding.
- When you speak to your loved one about your concerns, do not be surprised if the immediate response is less than positive. Remember that your loved one is dealing with a problem that may have impacted his or her ability to think clearly and act logically. If confronted with hostility, respond with compassion.
- Provide practical and tangible support. Volunteer to schedule appointments, provide transportation, and arrange for childcare. Do whatever you can to remove the obstacles that are standing between your loved one and the treatment that he or she needs.
Overcoming a substance use disorder is a long-term process, and treatment is often just the first step. When your loved one returns home, he or she will need a strong support network. Be an active, positive, and reliable part of that network.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks
Abusing and becoming dependent upon benzodiazepines can significantly degrade a person’s ability to live a healthy and productive life. The physical and mental toll of chronic benzo abuse can include vision problems, poor coordination, muscle weakness, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. Because benzos are commonly abused in tandem with alcohol and other drugs, people who continue to engage in this behavior are at increased risk for additional or more severe damage as a result of abusing multiple substances. As a person descends deeper into the despair of chronic substance abuse, he or she may be incapable of maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships and meeting his or her responsibilities at home and at work. Family discord, ruined relationships, academic failure, and job loss are far from uncommon among individuals who are incapable of overcoming the compulsion to abuse benzodiazepines. If the person who is abusing benzos is also dealing with a co-occurring disorder, as is often the case, the risks and negative outcomes can be exponentially more severe when treatment is not received.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For over 30 years, we at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center have been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including an addiction to benzodiazepines. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their benzo abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, our center supplies the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM certified addictionologist and are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when it is deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to benzodiazepines, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their benzo addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to benzodiazepines, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from benzo addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to benzodiazepines, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.