Benzodiazepines Addiction

Benzodiazepines, also called “benzos, ” are medicines such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Librium, and Ativan that are often prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzos also have the effect of muscle relaxation, which is why they are used to treat seizures as well. Individuals prescribed benzodiazepines often experience a high, which often reinforces the need for taking the medicine and creates a tolerance and dependence leading to the possibility of addiction. Withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable, and include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, anxiety, hallucinations, insomnia, irritability, tremor, nausea, diarrhea, and can even include seizures and death. Therefore, benzodiazepine treatment should always be supervised by medical professionals.

At Wellington Retreat, we offer state-of-the-art benzodiazepine treatment and welcome all individuals in need of this service. Our goal is to enable our patients to successfully complete treatment in a comfortable and inviting fashion, leading them to return to their lives in a revived and substance-free state in which they are able to accomplish their daily and long-term responsibilities and goals. The first step in achieving this goal is benzodiazepine detoxification, or detox. Usually, this takes a long period of time, such as several weeks, and cannot be accomplished in the typical five to seven day inpatient period. It takes the brain a while to recover from the effects of benzos, and even the smallest decrease in dosage can be difficult to adhere to. In the meantime, patients are kept comfortable and often undergo a form of therapy to help emotionally recover from the addiction and deal with the underlying issues that led to the use of benzodiazepines in the first place, depending on their individual situation.

Wellington Retreat is located in the beautiful city of West Palm Beach, Florida, where patients are able to enjoy the sunshine, the beauty, and the tranquility of the area throughout their healing process. Wellington Retreat provides all men, women and adolescents regardless of sexual preference or mental capacity the necessary help to overcome their addictions, abuse or disorder.


We are the only facility in Florida owned and operated by an addiction psychiatrist involved in all treatment decisions. Learn more
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