Today, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health issues that American’s face. With daily struggles of pressure, overloaded work schedules, family or personal life issues, and struggles with previously experienced traumas, anxiety disorders can be debilitating for most. And since anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, symptoms may vary from person to person. Many may think that treatment for anxiety disorders is next to impossible and may turn to prescription medications to cope with these ongoing issues. However, the problem with these benzo based medications — such as Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Ativan — is their highly addictive nature and their inability to treat underlying causes for addiction. Estimates indicate that between 10 and 15 percent of prescribed patients will eventually develop an addiction to benzodiazepine.
And sadly, as the number of those suffering from anxiety disorders continues to rise, so do the number of those suffering from addictive substances meant to treat it. Overdoses from prescription medications like benzodiazepine, or benzo, are now more prevalent than ever and are as frightening as the current opiate and opioid epidemic. In 2017, according to DrugAbuse.gov, benzodiazepine was involved in 11,537 overdose deaths in the United States. In Colorado, benzodiazepine accounted for nearly 23% of all 2017 dispensed prescription medications.
Finding a Colorado benzo addiction treatment program is vital to properly heal from the disease of addiction. In addition, well established and evidence-based centers and programs, like AspenRidge Recovery, take a dual diagnosis approach by not only treating addiction but also addressing underlying symptoms in mental health that ultimately help individuals cope with anxiety disorders.
What is Benzodiazepine?
As a first line of treatment for crippling anxiety, benzodiazepine can be very effective. Unlike antidepressant medications, which many can build up a tolerance to, benzodiazepine works to target certain functions of brain activity. In specific, benzo works by binding to GABA receptors and increasing their functionality. Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is a inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Ultimately, benzo is quickly able to calm down the brain. Unfortunately, many physicians, psychologists, and professional clinicians agree that individuals can become dependent on these methodologies in treating anxiety.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, benzodiazepine can create a dependency on the medication in order to relieve symptoms of anxiety. When unavailable, many may experience rebound or heightened anxiety. Similarly, the withdrawal symptoms are often described as worse than opiates or opioids. Symptoms can include:
- Increased anxiety
- Muscle Spasms
- Suicidal thoughts
When used in combination with other medications such as opioids, benzodiazepine is known to cause death. In fact, combining opioids with benzo-based medications can be extremely unsafe as both types of drug sedate users and suppress breathing, in addition to impairing cognitive functions.
What is Benzodiazepine Misuse, Abuse, and Addiction?
As with most prescriptions, it can be difficult to assess the misuse or overuse of prescription medications. Since long-term studies have not yet been made widely available, there is a limited understanding of how benzodiazepine impacts individuals differently and to what extent. In general, health care physicians recommend these types of medicines for limited, short-term use. However, there are some clear factors that may be an indication that benzodiazepine medications are being misused.
In order to be diagnosed with a sedative use disorder, the National Association of Addiction Professionals mentions that at least two symptoms must be present including:
- The sedative is taken in a higher volume or in a longer period of time than was first intended.
- Considerable time is spent getting the drug, using, and also recovering from its effects.
- When the individual no longer has access to the drug, they experience increased cravings and may experience withdrawal symptoms.
- Over time, the individual may build a tolerance and require higher amounts of the drug in order to achieve the same effects.
- The individual experiences impaired performance at home, work, or school.
The addiction-forming chemical properties of benzodiazepine can be intoxicating and highly dangerous, especially when used in higher quantities. It’s important to get a clear understanding of misuse versus addiction disorder, and further, to find a benzodiazepine treatment center in Colorado that is experienced in treating both issues.
Benzo Addiction Treatment Colorado
For many, the first step in healing from benzo misuse and addiction is medically supervised detox. While we don’t offer a detox program in-house, AspenRidge Recovery partners with some of the best detox programs throughout Colorado to get you the attention you need immediately. Contact our care center today at (855) 281-5588 for information on next steps.
After completing detox, clients can begin treatment through our evidence-based benzo addiction program in Colorado. We are a unique choice for several reasons, including our certified clinicians that have experience and exemplify compassion in the work we provide. Similarly, all of our AspenRidge Recovery locations including:
- Fort Collins
- Lakewood (Denver Metro)
- Lone Tree
AspenRidge Recovery takes a dual diagnosis approach to the care we provide, which means that we can treat both substance abuse and underlying mental health issues in tandem. We also offer three distinctive programs that have a proven track record for successfully treating benzo addiction and we can help you identify the program that may work best for your circumstances.
Our professional guidance and commitment to you during the Colorado benzo addiction treatment program can make all the difference in your ability to focus on recovery. Our team of therapists and sober community can help give you the tools to overcome your addiction and lessen the struggle on the journey to sobriety.
Our therapies include:
- Addiction treatment therapy
- Mental Health therapy
- Depression and anxiety therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
AspenRidge Recovery treats any co-occurring mental health disorders you may also be facing. For benzo treatment, this is especially important, as often the underlying causes of addiction are a direct result of untreated anxiety disorders.
The programs we offer to treat benzo addiction include:
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- AspenRidge REACH Online IOP
- IOP for Professionals and Working Adults
- Outpatient Program
- Alumni & Aftercare Program
Please give us a call at 855.281.5588 for specific program information based on our treatment locations. With each of our programs, we offer holistic methodologies to complement our clinical treatment. In addition, we have beautiful residences in Fort Collins and Lakewood (Denver metro) for our PHP and evening IOP programs.
Our Colorado benzo addiction treatment program remains committed to addressing substance misuse and addiction for Colorado residents, as well as identifying contributing factors that may cause a relapse. In general, the American Addiction Center has identified treatment including individual counseling, group therapy as an outpatient, partial hospitalization, and/or intensive in-patient hospitalization in a treatment center. We pair these systems with continuing assessment for mental health disorders. Our involvement during your initial evaluation will help us to really understand your unique needs and how we can provide assistance in tailoring our approach for you.
AspenRidge treatment may include any or all of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and trauma therapy, twelve-step and community-based treatment, and Medication Assisted Treatment when necessary. Our certified and trained clinicians and psychologists work with clients experiencing negative impacts caused by benzo addiction and can help through the recovery process.
Additionally, our support services are not simply provided through our direct treatment programs, we also offer Alumni support following transition after program completion and through for the years to come. You will have access to a supportive community, sober community events, 24/7 access to therapy and helpline services, and much more.
Contact Our Benzo Addiction Program in Colorado
AspenRidge Recovery’s benzo rehab program accepts private insurance as well as cash, credit card, check, or money order. For those without insurance, AspenRidge will work out payment on a sliding scale of clients’ ability to pay.
Our success record speaks for itself. 89% of our self reported alumni who have completed both the Partial Hospitalization Program and Evening Intensive Outpatient Program were not using or had decreased use 6 months to 2 years after graduation. Our unique modalities and compassionate support make us one of Colorado’s most successful benzo addiction rehab centers. Our caring, knowledgeable, experienced, and qualified staff members are eager to discuss your treatment options if you or a loved one is suffering from benzo misuse or addiction.
For more information on our benzo addiction treatment Colorado programs and to verify your insurance, call our admissions team now at 855.281.5588.