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Ohio’s Premier Benzodiazepine Detox Center

This page was medically reviewed for accuracy by Alexis LeFevre-Casby, NP, an addiction and mental health specialist and family nurse practitioner at Ohio Addiction Recovery Center.

Benzodiazepines, often referred to as benzos, are most commonly used for the treatment of anxiety. However, they are also used to treat insomnia, seizures, and muscle spasms. When taken for an extended period, the body can become dependent on these drugs, causing intense psychological and physical symptoms if you try to stop abruptly. 

Like alcohol, benzo detox can be very dangerous. At Ohio Addiction Recovery Center in Columbus, Ohio, our specialized medical detox staff provide intensive support to safely and comfortably detox from benzodiazepines.

Why Choose Us?

Our Premier Benzo Detox Center

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Your health insurance could cover up to 100% of the cost of treatment. We’re happy to include the following amenities and services to call clients:

Primary Detox Amenities and Services:

  • Family visitations
  • Family therapy
  • Individualized
  • Group therapy
  • 1 on 1 counseling
  • Art therapy
  • 24/7 Nursing
  • Catered food
  • Recreations
  • Tobacco and Vaping
  • Long term options
  • Dual-diagnosis care
  • Transportation
  • Yoga & Personal Training
  • Life Skills
  • 12-step Meetings

Do you have any questions?

Benzo Addictions We Treat

At our small and private facility in Central Ohio, clients undergo 7-14 day inpatient detoxification for benzodiazepines. The most popular examples of benzos include:

1. Diazepam (Valium): Diazepam is used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures. It has a long half-life and is sometimes used to manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

2. Lorazepam (Ativan): Lorazepam is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and is also used for the management of anxiety-related to depression. It is known for its fast onset of action.

3. Alprazolam (Xanax): Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety associated with depression. It has a rapid onset of action, making it effective for acute anxiety episodes.

4. Clonazepam (Klonopin): Clonazepam is used to treat panic disorders, seizures (including absence seizures), and certain movement disorders. It has a long half-life and is often prescribed for conditions requiring continuous, long-term treatment.

5. Temazepam (Restoril): Temazepam is primarily prescribed to treat insomnia. It helps people fall asleep faster and is classified as a short- to intermediate-acting benzodiazepine.

5. Oxazepam (Serax): Oxazepam is used to treat anxiety and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It has a relatively slow onset of action and a moderate duration of effect.

7. Chlordiazepoxide (Librium): Chlordiazepoxide is used to treat anxiety disorders and is also used to help manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It has a long half-life, making it suitable for tapering during detoxification.

8. Flurazepam (Dalmane): Flurazepam is a benzodiazepine primarily prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia. It has a long duration of action, which helps in maintaining sleep throughout the night.

9. Clobazam (Onfi): Clobazam is used as an adjunctive treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy.

10. Estazolam (Prosom): Estazolam is prescribed to treat insomnia and helps people with difficulty falling asleep. It is classified as an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine.
11. Triazolam (Halcion): Triazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine used to treat insomnia. It has a rapid onset of action and is generally prescribed for short-term use.

Benzo withdrawal doesn’t have to be painful or dangerous. When treated under medical supervision, withdrawal symptoms are significantly reduced. We used evidence based medications to help our clients taper off of benzodiazepines over 7-14 days. There are also medications to assist with psychological symptoms, such as cravings. To learn more about the detox process and why entering a facility might be best for you, contact us today at 800-481-8457.

What is Benzo Detox Like At Ohio Addiction Addiction Recovery Center?

Benzodiazepine detox at OARC consists of a process that gradually reduces the dosage of the drug under medical supervision to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Your or you loved one may also receive other comfort medications to assist with withdrawal symptoms.

Aside from 24-hour medical supervision, you or you loved one will also receive:

In-Depth Assessments and Evaluation:

The first step in benzodiazepine detoxification is a thorough assessment by a healthcare professional. This assessment includes evaluating the patient’s overall health, the severity of their benzodiazepine use, any co-occurring medical or mental health conditions, and a detailed drug use history. This information helps the medical team develop a personalized detox plan tailored to the individual’s needs. Clients may be referred to further residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, or after care support.

Therapeutic & Psychological Support

Detoxification from benzodiazepines can be mentally and emotionally challenging. Patients may experience heightened anxiety and mood swings during this process. Therefore, psychological support, such as counseling and therapy, is often a crucial component of benzodiazepine detox. Mental health professionals provide emotional support, coping strategies, and therapy to help individuals deal with the psychological aspects of withdrawal.

Relapse Prevention

Preventing relapse is a significant focus after benzodiazepine detoxification. Learning to identify triggers, developing healthy coping skills, and building a strong support network are crucial in preventing relapse. Relapse prevention strategies are often discussed and reinforced during addiction counseling and therapy sessions.

Post-Detoxification Support

Completing the detox process is an essential milestone, but it is not the end of the recovery journey. After detoxification, individuals often require ongoing support to maintain their abstinence from benzodiazepines. This support may come in the form of residential rehab, counseling, therapy, support groups, and other addiction treatment services. It is vital to address the underlying issues that led to benzodiazepine use, which often involves exploring coping mechanisms and developing healthier strategies for managing stress and anxiety.

Case Management and Assistance with FMLA

Worried about taking time from work or school? We understand how stressful this situation can be. Addiction is a serious medical condition and our case managers can help with scheduling medical leave, FMLA, and disability. We help our clients remove any roadblocks to their recovery. We also assist with school, employment, transportation, and legal issues.

Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms We Treat

Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be challenging and uncomfortable, and the severity and duration of symptoms can vary widely depending on factors such as the individual’s dosage, how long they have been taking the medication, and their overall health. It’s important to note that benzodiazepine withdrawal can be dangerous, so it is highly recommended to seek medical supervision and support when discontinuing the medication.

At Ohio Addiction Recovery Center, we are equipped to treat and prevent any and all symptoms associated with benzo withdrawal. These symptoms include:

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Benzodiazepines are often prescribed to manage anxiety, so when these medications are withdrawn, anxiety levels can increase significantly. This can lead to panic attacks, restlessness, and a general feeling of unease.
  • Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep is a common withdrawal symptom. Sleep disturbances can contribute to increased irritability and fatigue.
  • Muscle Tension and Pain: Individuals withdrawing from benzodiazepines might experience muscle aches, tension, and pain. Muscle stiffness and cramps are also possible.
  • Tremors: Shaking or tremors in the hands are common symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal. These tremors can be mild to severe.
  • Irritability and Agitation: Patients may become easily irritated, agitated, or short-tempered during withdrawal. This emotional state is often a result of increased anxiety.
  • Depression: Some individuals experience symptoms of depression during benzodiazepine withdrawal, including sadness, lack of interest or pleasure in activities, and feelings of hopelessness.
  • Sensitivity to Light, Sound, and Touch: Heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as light, sound, and touch is a common symptom.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are possible during benzodiazepine withdrawal.
  • Loss of Appetite: Some people going through withdrawal may experience a reduced appetite or changes in eating patterns.
  • Cognitive Impairment: Difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and confusion can occur during benzodiazepine withdrawal.
  • Palpitations and Increased Heart Rate: Some individuals may experience palpitations (feeling of rapid, strong, or irregular heartbeat) and an increased heart rate.
  • Seizures: In severe cases, benzodiazepine withdrawal can lead to seizures, especially if the drug is discontinued abruptly without medical supervision. This is more common in individuals who have been taking high doses for an extended period.

It’s crucial for individuals experiencing these symptoms to seek medical help immediately, especially if they are severe or if seizures occur. Medical professionals can provide appropriate care, monitor symptoms, and manage the withdrawal process safely. Additionally, medical supervision can help prevent complications and increase the likelihood of a successful recovery. 

Is Detox Detox Safe?

Yes, medical detox is extremely safe and effective. Complications are rare in detox centers and both nurses and physicians are on staff in the event of any type of complication.

In our detox center, vitals and other symptoms are monitored on an ongoing basis and clients have access to nursing staff 24/7. 

Insurance Coverage For Opiate Detox

Most insurance plans cover benzo detox. At Ohio Addiction Recovery Center, we’re proud to be in-network with a wide range of insurance plans, which reduces deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. We’re In-Network with most private insurance plans. You can see a full list of our accepted insurance plans.

Immediate Help is Available in Ohio For Benzo Addiction – Call Now

For 3 years in a row, Ohio Addiction Recovery Center was voted the best addiction treatment center in Ohio by Newsweek in partnership with Statista. We are in-network with most private insurance plans and work with your insurance company to ensure the lowest possible out-of-pocket costs. Contact us today to verify your insurance coverage.

Help is available 24/7 if you believe you may be experiencing benzo withdrawal. You can reach us at 800-481-8457 or through our instant chat in the bottom right corner of your screen. 

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