Benzodiazepines (benzos for short) are prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and people going through severe alcohol withdrawal. The prescription medications, known as tranquilizers or sedatives, can also be administered before surgery. They are among the most prescribed medications in the U.S., but they are also among the most widely abused drugs in the nation.
Benzo use grew as barbiturates, another type of sedative, were phased out. Barbiturates were dangerously addictive and deadly, so benzos were used instead to encourage sleep and relaxation for people having problems in those areas. However, it became apparent that benzos can be just as dangerous when used improperly. There are 15 approved benzo medications in use. Among the widely known benzodiazepines are:
Much attention has been given to the unrelenting opioid addiction crisis, so for a while, benzodiazepine abuse and addiction were somewhat not on the radar. However, in recent years, it has become apparent that these potent drugs designed for short-term use are ones to watch. Benzodiazepine prescriptions have increased considerably, according to this April 2016 study, as well as overdose mortality involving the drugs.
People are buying them on the street, too, putting them at further risk because they may not be prescribed to take that medication, and they may not know what else is in it. Fentanyl-laced Xanax is deadly and has caused deaths.
In Palm Beach County, where Boca Raton is located, benzo use claimed the lives of 350 in 2019, according to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission. In 2020, 365 people died after using alprazolam (Xanax) with other drugs. State medical examiners report that diazepam (Valium) that was taken with other drugs claimed 49 lives. In 2016, Palm Beach County was one of South Florida’s three counties where there were more benzo non-fatal hospital overdose poisoning cases than those for heroin and prescription opioids, as noted in this report.
Benzodiazepines are intended for short-term use, but even people who use them as prescribed are at risk of developing a dependence on them. Those who use these drugs for periods longer than prescribed are also at risk, and they likely will need to attend a rehabilitation program to help them regain sobriety.
The Palm Beach Institute Drug Rehab in Boca Raton
Boca Raton residents who want help with ending their dependence on benzodiazepine medications can get help at The Palm Beach Institute, which is located in West Palm Beach, only about a 30-minute drive north of the city.
Our evidence-based treatment and recovery services are designed to help people regain medical stability and full-time sobriety. We have been helping people with substance use disorders for more than 50 years, and we want to help you or your loved one recover from benzo abuse.
Our clinicians and addiction care professionals are here to help you address your substance use and mental health issues and guide you toward rebuilding your life after substance abuse and addiction. Below, you will find a list of the services we offer at The Palm Beach Institute.
Your recovery will likely begin in medical detox, which is known as the first stage of treatment along the continuum of care. During this process, your physical and mental health needs are evaluated to determine which services you will need for your recovery. It is also a critical stage of recovery because it is here where you will receive the medical support to ensure you get through your withdrawal period safely. Our licensed professionals will monitor your health and ensure your safety as the benzos and other substances you have been using exit the body.
When a person stops chronic substance use, the body must adjust to the drug’s absence. It will produce uncomfortable to life-threatening symptoms as it gets used to not having the drug in its system. It is this period that makes many people go back to using the drug they are trying to quit.
This period can be quite uncomfortable and dangerous, which is why we recommend that you get professional rehab help for benzo withdrawal. Relapse, which is returning to drug use after a break, can cause a person to overdose on their usual dose because the body is no longer used to having the substance.
Our professionals will monitor you around the clock to ensure you detox safely. They may give you medications to help ease your symptoms and put you on a tapering schedule to allow the body to gradually adjust during this period. We do not recommend quitting any drug abruptly after long-term use. Medical detox is the safer route to take to ending substance use.
Detox by itself will not end substance use. It is merely a start to a long recovery process. Once you have regained medical stability, your next stop may be inpatient/residential care, which we offer here. This stage of recovery helps people with moderate-to-severe substance use disorders who need more time to address their addictions.
At this level of care, patients live on-site at our facility for a month or longer. They will spend the time receiving intensive therapies and counseling in an environment focused solely on their recovery. This setting is ideal for people who could benefit from minimal distractions as they get to the root of their challenges.
We offer a private, comfortable, and home-like atmosphere to aid in patients’ healing. Our licensed medical and clinical professionals are available 24/7 to help patients with their medications, nutrition, and more. Our patients also participate in activities, courses, and more during a structured day.
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
Patients who have completed residential care but are not quite ready to live on their own can stay with us and enter a phase of treatment called partial hospitalization. This phase is also known as PHP or partial day services. PHP bridges the gap between inpatient/residential and outpatient services. This loosely structured setting encourages independent living.
Patients can take care of their personal needs, such as taking medications on their own, while attending a set number of hours of therapy a week. Our PHP patients receive intensive therapies for co-occurring or mental health disorders they have, along with therapy for substance use disorders. We address strategies for relapse prevention and other guidance tailored to each person’s needs.
We also conduct cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) sessions. These sessions allow patients to assess their thoughts, feelings, and actions and understand how they all play a role in how they see themselves and others. PHP therapy can run for 20 hours a week for a month’s time, depending on a person’s treatment program.
The Palm Beach Institute also offers patients intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) and outpatient treatment (OP) services. These stages of treatment are ideal for people who can live on their own during recovery. Instead of living on-site, they can commute to the facility for their therapy sessions.
IOP patients are required to receive nine or more hours of therapy a week, while OP patients receive fewer than nine hours. These sessions promote relapse prevention and other tools and strategies that promote sobriety.
Both programs offer therapies and services that are the same or similar to what patients at higher levels of care receive. IOP and OP are also for people who feel they need additional support to avoid relapse and those who need ongoing therapy after finishing treatment in other stages.
PBI knows that returning to the real world after some time in treatment requires patience and understanding. We also know that it can be a challenging experience, so we are always here for our alumni. We have designed an aftercare program that provides resources and tools that will help our graduates as they rebuild and live their lives. Our Alumni Program links our graduates to a supportive, compassionate recovery community that is ready to offer help whenever it is needed. We are always available to people who need our care and support.
Drug Rehab in The Palm Beach Institute FAQ
If you are interested in receiving treatment for benzodiazepine use disorder near Boca Raton, Florida, The Palm Beach Institute is ready to meet with you and learn how we can help you. Below are some frequently asked questions we get about addiction treatment at our facility. Please reach out to us with any additional questions you have or if you have questions about the information that appears below.
How Long Is Rehab?
How long your rehab timeline is will depend on your unique needs and what you must work on during your time in treatment. We tailor your program to address your needs, so your stay may be longer or shorter than someone else’s. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that 90 days (three months) is ideal for rehab services. It is believed that a longer rehab stay can boost a person’s chances of recovering from substance abuse.
Does The Palm Beach Institute Provide Transportation?
If you are coming into the West Palm Beach area for treatment at our facility, you are responsible for your flight arrangements. We can pick you up if you are flying into Palm Beach International Airport or other area airports. We can also arrange for a return trip to the airport when your treatment is completed. Patients are responsible for their transportation to and from our facility.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, you will be required to travel to our facility so that you can receive substance use disorder treatment. You can speak with a member of our team about any travel concerns you have.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
We cannot definitely say what it costs to receive drug treatment because those costs vary by person. Your benzo treatment costs will depend on several factors, including where you receive treatment, what services you will need, and what other things you will require. Thinking about what your treatment program would look like is a good start to figuring out what you will need and finding out what those things cost.
You will want to consider:
- Your physical and mental health
- The levels of care you need
- The therapies you will receive
- Medications, transportation, meals, and other incidentals
We believe the cost of not getting treatment for a benzo use disorder far outweighs any treatment costs. You are worth the costs. We can work with you on finding ways to pay for treatment.
What Insurance Carriers Does The Palm Beach Institute Take?
We accept many major insurance carriers. You may have an insurance policy from a provider that is in-network with us, but you will have to call to confirm. Some of our in-network providers are:
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield
- CareFirst BlueChoice
We encourage you to call your insurance provider to find out what your plan covers and if you are responsible for any copayments.
Generally, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health insurers to cover treatment services for substance use disorders and mental health disorders. We can also verify your benefits and if you can use them to cover your treatment at PBI. Give us a call today to get started.