Benzodiazepines, sometimes called “benzos” or “blues,” are prescription medications often used to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia, and seizures. They are even given to those who are going through alcohol withdrawal. While benzos are commonly prescribed for various conditions, that does not mean they are without risk. Benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax can be addictive, and patients prescribed these drugs can often develop a physical dependency on the medication. When someone stops using benzos, they start going through benzo detox, which is uncomfortable when done alone.
The safest way to get through the withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines is to enter a benzo detox center. If someone you care about requires support and guidance as they go through detox, call CeDAR today. We are a UCHealth-affiliated benzo detox center in Aurora, Colorado, and we offer a wide variety of programs and services to help patients detox and recover from addiction. Our facility beside Generals’ Park along Quentin Street features a relaxed, campus-like feel and access to a spiritual and fitness center. Call us at 720.848.3000 to learn about CeDAR and our benzo detox program.
Does Aurora Need a Benzo Detox Center?
Despite its picturesque views and laid-back atmosphere, Aurora is not immune to the rising rates of substance use disorders. Aurora natives face several addictions, with residents of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA having higher rates of substance use disorders than the national rate. The Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by UCHealth also found that substance abuse was one of the community’s three most important health problems.
Because benzos are so widespread, it is very easy for people to become addicted and physically dependent. A benzo detox center is vital for those who wish to stop using benzos and get sober.
What Is Benzo Detox?
Detox is the first step in recovery from any substance use disorder. It starts the moment the patient stops taking the substance, as this is when the body can begin to rid itself of the toxins that the substance has introduced into the body’s systems.
Like most other addictive prescription drugs, benzos change the brain’s work. The patient’s brain and body adapt to the presence of the drug and can no longer function “normally” without them. When a person stops using the drugs, the brain and body must adapt to this new situation again in a process known as withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms typically start within 24 hours and can last from a few days to several months. Some of the acute symptoms of benzo withdrawal can include:
- Muscle pain
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Elevated heart rate
These symptoms can quickly become overwhelming when a person attempts to detox alone at home. Those who have taken benzos for several months or more and gradually increased their doses are likely to experience more withdrawal symptoms for longer than those who have taken smaller doses.
Get Treatment at the CeDAR Benzo Detox Center
There is no reason to suffer through the painful and unsettling symptoms of benzo withdrawal. A benzo detox program allows patients to get through detox in a more comfortable and safe environment, and medication can be administered to ease the symptoms. At CeDAR, our benzo detox program is tailored to each patient depending on their medical history and health assessment. We do this so our staff members can provide care, medication, and therapy to help the patient detox more comfortably.
That is not all we offer at our addiction treatment and psychiatric care facility in Aurora. Other services we provide include:
- Gender-specific residential addiction treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Partial hospitalization
- Family program
- Alumni services
If you or someone you care about needs help through detox, contact us today. We can help you get through detox and onto the road to recovery. Call us at 720.848.3000 at any time. Our admission department is open seven days per week, and we are committed to providing care within 24 hours of your call.