Learn more about medical detox for benzodiazepine withdrawal in Colorado and Virginia at Sandstone Care.
Deciding to seek treatment can be extremely challenging. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a detox program is the philosophy.
Sandstone Care’s detox and treatment philosophy includes managing withdrawal symptoms, and providing clients with a safe and comfortable environment in which to detox from drugs and alcohol.
One of the reasons that detoxing on your own without medical supervision is not recommended is because of the more serious and life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal you may experience. This can include kidney dysfunction, rapid heart rate or tachycardia, and seizures.
Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, but can be extremely unpredictable and Completing your benzo detox in a controlled environment where you can be as comfortable as possible and consistently monitored is the safest option for anyone going through detox and withdrawal.
Attempting to go through detox and withdrawal without medical assistance can make the process more painful and uncomfortable, and can lead to severe health problems, and in some cases, even death.
Without the use of medication to assist in reducing physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, the likelihood of relapsing is high and there is the risk of overdosing on the drug. Additionally, having the support of a caring staff and recovery community, can ease the isolation that comes with drug addiction. This is why it’s important to enter into a detox center that offers medication and experienced staff as part of a recovery treatment plan.
During detox, you will be medically monitored by our detox centers’ team of licensed medical professionals. Our teams include medical doctors, psychiatrists, and registered nurses. You will also be given medications to ensure that your detox is as comfortable and safe as possible.
Benzodiazepine, or “Benzo”, addiction affects every aspect of your life, including relationships you have with friends and significant others, connections with family members, and mental health and physical health. Despite knowing the risks, a lot of people continue to use benzos as a means of coping or “numbing out”.
Detox and withdrawal are two things that every addict is familiar with, as they are very well known for being uncomfortable both physically and mentally. However, getting through the withdrawal process is the first step to getting sober and beginning a new and better life.
A medically assisted detox is the process of detoxing from drugs or alcohol with the help of medications and a team of trained and licensed medical professionals. It is the safest option for individuals who have become physically dependent on substances.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be a physically uncomfortable process. Detoxing at home without being monitored by medical professionals can be dangerous to your physical and mental health and wellbeing, and suddenly stopping the use of benzos can trigger severe and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
During your first few days of detox, you will be assessed regularly by the medical team at our detox center to ensure that you are being given the best care possible for you condition. Assessments include making sure that vital signs are stable, your pain is managed, and that you are not experiencing symptoms of withdrawal that are life threatening.
Some typical symptoms of withdrawal include the following:
Benzodiazepines, often referred to as “benzos”, are a class of prescription medications often prescribed to treat things like insomnia and anxiety.
Benzos work by acting as a depressant for the central nervous system, which regulates things like your blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate. They inhibit the production of neurotransmitters, which slows brain activity and causes a tranquilized state. These medications are meant to be used in the short term for acute symptoms, but are highly addictive and often abused.
Some of the medications that fall into the benzodiazepine class include:
Our centers are staffed by medical doctors, registered nurses, certified addiction counselors, licensed therapists and case managers. Each person on the highly skilled team has a passion for helping teens and young adults to gain their lives back from addiction. We have two detox centers. Our Colorado Springs Detox Center sits in a quiet suburb of central Colorado Springs, while Virginia Detox Center is conveniently located in Chantilly, Virginia.
Colorado Springs Detox Center and Virginia Detox Center offer medically assisted detox as well as inpatient treatment. Our facilities features twelve comfortable bedrooms with attached bathrooms as well as 24/7 medically supervised care that supports a safe and comfortable stabilization. Because we only accept a limited number of clients at a time, we are able to provide individualized and attentive care to every person in our program.
After you are medically stable, you will be invited to engage in the comprehensive therapeutic treatment program that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. We offer individual and group therapy as well as various assessments that allow our clinicians to create the best individualized treatment plan for each individual.
Detox is a big step, but it’s only the beginning of the long journey to sobriety. Most people will leave Colorado Springs Detox Center or Virginia Detox Center feeling better than their addiction has allowed them to feel in a very long time, but those who do not continue with substance abuse treatment are almost guaranteed to relapse.
Medically Assisted Detox alone is not substance abuse treatment. While it provides you with a solid medical foundation, you should continue with a lower level of care such as residential treatment, intensive outpatient, or a partial hospitalization program.
Our centers provide each client with a comprehensive and individualized discharge plan that is tailored to meet their treatment-related needs.
Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of care including medical detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, virtual IOP, and sober living. All of our programs focus on treating the person as a whole and incorporating important wrap around services such as life skills, individual therapy, psychiatry, medication management, and group therapy, which is essential for beginning your journey to sobriety.
The Continuum of Care
Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe sober living community, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.
We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.