Tolerance to benzodiazepine drugs forms after taking high doses for a period of time or after taking it for a long time. As tolerance increases, the user needs to take more of the drug to feel the same effect. Once tolerance sets in, any dose reduction or stoppage will result in withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, benzodiazepine drugs often cause unsafe symptoms during withdrawal, such as thoughts of suicide. A medically supervised benzodiazepine detox can ensure a safe withdrawal period and recovery.
Withdrawal Symptoms During Benzodiazepine Detox
Withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepine drugs can be intense and long-lasting. Users of benzo drugs can go through withdrawal whether they used the drugs with a prescription or abused them without a prescription. Once a tolerance has built up, withdrawal symptoms will start upon stopping or reducing the drug. Withdrawal symptoms will occur even with medically supervised benzodiazepine detox. However, the intensity can be mitigated and unsafe symptoms can be treated.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal produces painful physical and emotional symptoms that can be dangerous if the user stops suddenly and has no medical help. Patients who have a history of taking high doses of the drug or taking it for a long period of time tend to have the worst symptoms.
Some symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal include sweating, dizziness, hallucinations, panic attacks, headaches, seizures, insomnia, nausea, and irritability. As benzos are usually prescribed to treat disorders like anxiety and insomnia, users may experience strong rebound anxiety or restlessness during withdrawal.
Benzodiazepine Detox Timeline
The half-life, or time spent in the body, of benzos, varies by brand. Short-acting benzos cause withdrawal symptoms to come on more quickly than long-acting prescriptions. Withdrawal symptoms usually start within six to eight hours for short-acting benzos and between 24 and 48 hours for the long-acting version. Some short-acting brand names include Xanax, Ativan, and Halcion. Long-acting drug examples include Valium, Klonopin, and Librium.
The benzodiazepine detox timeline thus varies depending on factors like the brand of drug taken, the dose amount and the length of time taking them. Mild benzos addictions may only take about seven days for withdrawal symptoms to subside. However, stronger addictions can take as much as three months to fully get free of the drug. The following list represents a general guide to a benzos withdrawal timeline:
- Day 1 – anxiety and insomnia
- Days 2-4 – increasing anxiety and insomnia, sweating, nausea, rapid heart rate and breathing
- Days 10-14 – previous symptoms continue and peak, suicidal thoughts may be a risk at this point
- Days 15 forward – protracted withdrawal for heavily dependent users
Medically Supervised Benzodiazepine Detox
The first step in recovery from a benzo addiction is removing the drug from the user’s system through a benzodiazepine detox. Benzos are one of the most unsafe drugs to attempt detox from alone and unsupervised. Undergoing detox at a dedicated quality detox center like Serenity House Detox in Jacksonville, Florida helps you stay safe and healthy while withdrawing.
Detox is the first step toward a successful recovery, but addiction rehab must follow to address the underlying causes of addiction. Serenity House Detox can prepare you for the next stage of addiction recovery through counseling and 12-step program introduction. All of our programs are completely customized to the unique needs of each patient.
Get benzo withdrawal help at Serenity House Detox with the following services and programs:
- Chiropractic care
- Meditation groups
- Chef-cooked meals
- Gender-specific detox programs
- Individual Therapy
- Choice of location between West Palm Beach Detox Center and Fort Lauderdale Addiction Treatment Center
Stop your addiction to benzodiazepine drugs from controlling your life. Take the first step towards recovery and a drug-free life by undergoing detox at our quality detox center. Call Serenity House Detox today at 866-294-5306 to find out more about our programs and how to start your new life.