When people struggle with anxiety disorders, insomnia or seizures, they’re sometimes prescribed benzodiazepines, also known as benzos: a class of drugs designed to relieve anxiety and produce feelings of calm and relaxation. Unfortunately, benzos have a high risk of addiction, even when used by prescription.
The use of anti-anxiety medications comes with serious physical and psychological risks. Short-term side effects can include:
When someone uses these medications over a long period of time, they increase the risk of problems such as:
When someone using benzos feels the need to take more of the drug in order to feel its effects, their body has developed tolerance. If they continue to use the drug, they develop a dependence, a state in which they need some amount of the substance present in their system in order to feel normal.
At that point, if they try to quit, they can experience withdrawal such as anxiety, nausea, insomnia, irritation, sweating, irregular heart rate and fatigue.
Dependence can easily escalate into addiction, at which point the drug use has become so psychologically engrained that it feels nearly impossible to quit despite the fact that they may desperately want to, or begin to see its consequences in their life.
Benzos are notoriously habit-forming. That’s because the body and brain quickly develop tolerance to them. As soon as you start taking benzos – even with a prescription – your body begins adapting.
In fact, recent studies suggest that benzodiazepines should not be used long-term because of their decreasing effectiveness and increased risk of addiction, withdrawal, mental and physical impairment, and high risk of overdose when combined with alcohol or opioids.
Researchers and physicians recommend that if benzos are used, they are used sparingly and for no longer than two to four weeks except in very rare cases. I
f you’re struggling with anxiety, your doctor or mental health care provider can help you figure out a more sustainable solution that addresses the root causes of it, instead of relying on substances that can be very unsafe.
At Sandstone Care, we understand that teens and young adults are under incredible amounts of pressure due to their own developmental stage, the pressures that surround them and the societal environment they live in.
That’s why we create an open community within a safe space where young people feel free to work through their concerns honestly. If your teen is struggling with anxiety and wants to find an alternative solution to medication, contact us today at (888) 850-1890 to learn how we can help.
The Continuum of Care
Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living program, inpatient care, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.
5-21 days of 24/7 on-site medical supervision.
Our Medically-Assisted Detox and Inpatient Center offers private rooms and 24/7 medically supervised care to support a safe recovery from drugs and alcohol, followed by comprehensive treatment that addresses your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
60-90 days of on-site 24/7 treatment.
We offer two residential treatment centers designed specifically for teens struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and co-occurring mental health disorders. We help teens learn a healthy way to handle the daily challenges of their lives. We provide an intimate serene environment with smaller group sizes and a focus on strengthening the family unit. We provide robust academic support by certified teachers to ensure clients stay up to date on their coursework.
Our Transitional Living Program is for young adult men and women ages 18-30. This comprehensive care integrates evidence-based clinical programming with a safe and substance-free living environment. Our homes help clients establish a supportive community and accountability, while increasing independence and personal responsibility.
2-4 weeks of on-site day treatment.
Our age-specific Day Treatment program, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a highly structured level of care that offers five days of robust programming a week. Our two distinct mental health and substance use tracks help clients to stabilize, begin to understand their mental health and/or addiction struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help our clients become more like the person they want to be, without using negative coping strategies or substances to get there.
8-12 weeks of on-site or virtual treatment.
Our Age-Specific IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, offers two distinct tracks to address our client’s needs, each track consisting of 3-4 days of weekly programming. Our mood disorder track we are able to focus on mental health, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Our dual diagnosis track we are able to support client’s with substance use and mental health challenges. Each focuses on developing positive social, academic, and vocational habits while continuing with their job or school responsibilities.
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.