Many people with anxiety disorders or insomnia are prescribed benzodiazepines (benzos) to help them relax or get to sleep faster or stay asleep through the night. These tranquilizers or sedatives are also given to patients who have:
- Panic disorders
- Muscle spasms
- Severe alcohol withdrawal
About 15 benzodiazepine medications are in widespread use, and some of them are muscle relaxants as well. The following are among the most widely used:
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
- Serax (oxazepam)
- Restoril (temazepam)
- Halcion (triazolam)
Benzos work in the central nervous system and affect the brain’s gamma–Aminobutyric-acid (GABA) receptors. These receptors are responsible for helping people feel calm and relaxed, so when benzodiazepines work on them, users find the relief they need to carry on with their lives. Therapeutic benzodiazepine use was designed for short-term treatment. However, the drugs’ potent effects often lead some people to misuse and abuse them, putting them at high risk of overdose and death.
For many years, the nation’s pressing opioid health crisis overshadowed benzodiazepine misuse and addiction. Because so much focus had been given to that public health emergency, the overprescribing of benzo medications somewhat quietly grew, putting the nation on track to experience yet another health crisis linked to
excessive prescription medication use. Benzo abuse has also heightened the opioid crisis, so the two aren’t separate. According to data the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlights, 16% of overdoses in the U.S. in 2019 involved an opioid and a benzodiazepine.
Benzo use expected to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic
A study published in Cureus has called benzodiazepine misuse during COVID-19 an “epidemic within a pandemic.” Because rates of depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have gone up during the pandemic, the study recommends that care be taken before benzos are prescribed for these conditions.
These conditions are expected to continue despite benzo misuse and abuse trends showing fluctuations throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Researchers observed that while some studies show an increase in benzo use in some parts of the world during the COVID-19 crisis, benzo prescription refills fell in other parts, possibly because of interruptions in mental health care.
As the study notes, people abuse benzos on their own or with other substances, which can lead to deadly results. In Florida, a state medical examiner reported that 39 people died in 2020 after taking alprazolam (Xanax) alone, but nearly 380 died when they took Xanax with other drugs. Most of those combos included fentanyl and cocaine. Also, that year, diazepam (Valium) taken by itself caused 49 deaths; it caused 134 deaths when taken with other substances.
In Palm Beach County, which is home to Boynton Beach, benzos were involved in 350 people’s deaths in 2019, per the Florida Medical Examiners Commission. In recent years, Palm Beach County was among three South Florida counties where there were more nonfatal hospital overdose poisonings involving benzos than heroin and prescription opioids, according to this report.
Getting Help for a Benzo Addiction
If you have tried to stop using benzodiazepines but have not been able to, it’s time to get professional help. Going on and off benzodiazepines or other potent drugs due to your attempts to stop using them may be causing more harm than good. Withdrawal from benzo use is one of the most dangerous drug withdrawals to experience. People who use benzodiazepines heavily might experience unpleasant side effects of misuse and overuse. These include:
- Mental confusion
- Uncontrollable muscle spasms
- Rapid heart rate
If these withdrawal symptoms are not monitored and treated in a professional medical setting, they can be life-threatening.
The Palm Beach Institute Drug Rehab in Boynton Beach
The Palm Beach Institute, located in West Palm Beach, which is only a half-hour drive away from Boynton Beach, is ready to help you or your loved one start benzodiazepine treatment today. We opened our doors in 1971 to help people with substance use disorders (SUDS) who wanted a shot at a new life, and we were one of the few facilities in Florida open to treat people with these challenges.
We are an accredited facility with licensed staff who use rigorously tested, evidence-based treatment and recovery services that help our patients work toward full-time sobriety. Our goal is to help you find the freedom from substance abuse that you want and deserve. Below, we briefly address some of the services we offer for substance abuse and addiction.
Once you enter treatment, we will assess your physical and mental needs during the medical detox phase. This is typically the first stage of treatment along the continuum of care in a professional program. During this process, your evaluation will help us determine which services you will need. This is also known as the “make-or-break” stage of treatment. If you don’t make it through this critical stage of recovery, you could go back to using benzos and overdose.
Detoxing at The Palm Beach Institute ensures that you withdraw from substance use safely. You will receive the medical support you need as our professionals monitor your health 24/7. Your body must be given time to allow drugs and other toxins to exit, but it doesn’t mean the process takes place without its challenges. We’re here to help you through those challenges so that you won’t relapse. Some people try to avoid professional treatment and withdraw from a drug on their own. Soon, they find that this is not as easy as it sounds. Discomfort and life-threatening symptoms make many people return to substance use, choosing to do that over feeling sick.
Our patients avoid this outcome. Our professionals will give you the care you need to make it through benzo withdrawal. You may be given medications to ease your discomfort or given a taper schedule to allow the body to gradually get used to the drug’s absence. We are with you in every step of this process, so you can ask any questions or address any concerns you have.
Finding the right environment conducive to healing from substance abuse is important, and it’s very important this happens right after medical detox takes place. Many people mistakenly believe drug rehab starts and stops with detox, but it doesn’t. Patients with a moderate-to-severe benzodiazepine use disorder likely will be placed in inpatient/residential care, which is a service we offer. An inpatient/residential facility allows people the time they need to focus on their SUD and understand what is happening and why it’s happening.
The Palm Beach Institute offers a structured home-like environment that provides patients with a private, comfortable, home-like, distraction-free atmosphere that helps them learn and heal. Inpatient/residential care also gives patients access to licensed professionals who understand their needs. Our staff is available 24/7 to administer medications, medical attention, and more as needed. Our patients also participate in sobriety-focused activities, courses, and more during the day.
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
The ending of an inpatient/residential treatment program does not mean a person is ready to return to the outside world just yet. Those who need more time can start a partial hospitalization program (PHP) that serves as a mix between inpatient/residential and outpatient services. PHP is less restrictive than an inpatient/residential setting. It is structured to help residents adjust to living on their own as they receive weekly therapy and take care of their responsibilities, such as taking their own medication.
At The Palm Beach Institute, our PHP patients receive therapies for co-occurring or mental health disorders and SUDS. It is common for people who struggle with substance abuse to also need treatment for a mental health disorder. PHP allows people with co-occurring disorders to receive professional help for both conditions. Our strategies also focus on and promote relapse prevention. We customize our treatment programs to each person’s needs, and this is also the case with PHP patients.
Not everyone will need to spend time in PHP, and even if they do, they likely will need to continue their treatment in another setting that’s less intensive than PHP. For those patients, we offer intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient treatment. People in either program can live on their own off-site. Instead of living at a facility, they can commute to it for a certain number of days or hours to receive therapies.
If you enter an IOP program, you must receive nine or more hours of therapy a week. If you join an outpatient program, you will receive fewer than nine hours. These sessions also address relapse prevention techniques and other tools that promote substance-free living.
The therapies and services offered in our intensive outpatient and outpatient programs are similar to what we offer to patients at higher levels of care. People who need additional support to avoid relapse or want ongoing therapy for as long as they need it can also join an IOP and OP program.
Going back to the outside world after spending time in a treatment program requires many things, including time, patience, commitment, and understanding. Leaving rehab is a transition that we can prepare you to manage. Our program’s graduates may be leaving our facility, but they’re not leaving us as we are committed to being there to offer the aftercare support they need to re-establish themselves amid newfound sobriety.
Our aftercare program provides resources that help our Alumni Program members redefine themselves and create the life they want. We offer our graduates a supportive, compassionate recovery community that is there to help them wherever they are in their recovery. The Palm Beach Institute is always available for our graduates.
Benzodiazepine Drug Rehab in Boynton Beach FAQ
If you or a loved one is interested in receiving professional help for benzodiazepine dependence, you don’t have to go too far from Boynton Beach, Florida. The Palm Beach Institute is ready to help you start over today. We know that you may have questions about how treatment works and what it entails, including cost. Below, we answer a few frequently asked questions we get from prospective clients. We cover only a few here, so feel free to reach out to us with other questions you have or if you would like more information on the answers that appear below.
How Long Is Rehab?
Just as your benzo use is unique to your situation, so is your stay in rehab. The treatment recovery timeline differs for everyone. How long yours is will depend on your needs and what you must work on during your time with us. Your program will be tailored to you, so your stay may be longer or shorter than another person who is undergoing treatment with us, too. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlights research that shows 90 days (three months) is ideal for the rehab timeline. It is thought that the longer a person stays in rehab, the better their chances of recovery.
Does The Palm Beach Institute Provide Transportation?
Patients flying or driving into the West Palm Beach area for treatment at our facility are responsible for taking care of their transportation arrangements. If you fly into the area, we can pick you up from Palm Beach International Airport. We can also help you get back to the airport when you have finished treatment. Patients driving here are responsible for their transportation to and from our facility.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
Drug rehab costs are hard to pin down because they depend on various factors, including where you receive treatment, what services you receive, and other things. You will get a better idea of how much your rehab costs are when you review your treatment expenses with the facility you attend. These expenses will vary according to the person’s needs. Some of the expenses that will be part of your costs include:
- Your physical and mental health treatment needs
- The levels of care you receive
- The therapies you will take part in
- Medications, transportation, meals, and other incidentals
When it comes to expenses, the important thing to remember is that you are worth it. We encourage you to seek treatment despite the costs. We will help you consider the financial options available that will enable you to get the care you need.
Do I Have to Travel?
Yes, you must travel to our Palm Beach facility for treatment. All of our substance use disorder treatment services are offered on-site. You can speak with our team members about your travel concerns.
What Insurance Carriers Does The Palm Beach Institute Take?
We accept insurance coverage from many major carriers. You may have an insurance policy from one of our in-network providers, but to know for sure, you will have to call your provider and confirm. Some of our in-network providers are:
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield
- CareFirst BlueChoice
When you talk to your provider, you will also want to find out services your plan covers, if you are responsible for any copayments, and what payment arrangements you will need to make to ensure those payments are made. You may also need additional financial resources to cover anything that isn’t covered by your provider.
All health insurers must cover substance use disorder treatment and mental health treatment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our team will verify your benefits to see if you can use them to cover your treatment at The Palm Beach Institute. Give us a call today to get started.