Lake Worth is a small city located in east-central Palm Beach County in Florida. It boasts a population of only 38,010 residents and is only about an hour from Fort Lauderdale to its south. Despite its relatively small size, drug use is common there. Benzodiazepine use and abuse are not unknown to the area. Benzos, as they are sometimes called, can be deadly when used in combination with other substances, such as alcohol and opioid. The two top benzodiazepines attributed to drug-related fatalities in Palm Beach County are alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium).
Palm Beach County had 115 alprazolam-related deaths, of which 46 were the main cause of death, as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) reports. More importantly, there were 11 deaths in which alprazolam was in combination with other drugs. The FDLE also reports that the highest rate of benzodiazepine-related deaths occurred in people over age 50.
The State of Florida Medical Examiners Commission reports that diazepam deaths by accident were at 70 percent, and deaths by suicide were at 18.2 percent. Seventy-eight percent died by accident when talking alprazolam, and 12.7% used the drug for suicide.
Florida is no stranger to drug abuse and death by drug abuse. The FDLE reports that benzodiazepines are one of the most frequently occurring drugs found in decedents numbering 2,182, including 833 alprazolam occurrences. The drugs that caused the most deaths: benzodiazepines. There were 595 of them, with 377 attributed to alprazolam. The second-most occurring benzo was clonazepam (Klonopin).
The most shocking information to be released about benzodiazepines is the number of deaths in which state medical examiners found fentanyl analogs in combination with other drugs. Alprazolam with fentanyl analogs-caused deaths in 2020 numbered 367. It is sixth in the state for drugs found with the highly potent fentanyl.
Prescription and counterfeit benzodiazepines laced with fentanyl sold online and by drug dealers are the primary source of death for those who obtain benzos from nefarious sources. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently released a Public Safety Alert titled “One Pill Can Kill,” which states that seized counterfeit pills “jumped 430 percent since 2019.” It also states that its lab testing found that “2 out of every 5 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose.” A lethal dose of fentanyl is 2 milligrams. If you wish to see what an authentic versus fake alprazolam pill looks like, click here. Knowledge can be a lifesaver.
Benzodiazepine addiction treatment can also save your life or that of someone you love. The Palm Beach Institute has been in operation for 50 years and has saved countless lives of countless individuals who were addicted to benzos.
The Palm Beach Institute Drug Rehab in Lake Worth
Addiction is a chronic disease that alters the brain’s reward paths and is marked by compulsive drug use even when it brings negative consequences. A person addicted to benzodiazepines will focus only on obtaining and using the drugs and nothing else. Addiction can ruin lives, break apart families, deplete finances, and take lives. The Palm Beach Institute, which is near Lake Worth, provides proven drug rehab programs that save lives.
If you are addicted to benzodiazepines, you should know it is never wise to stop taking them abruptly. Drugs in this class of medications are some of the most addictive and dangerous to quit. The first step in drug rehab is a comprehensive assessment of your most immediate needs. Once this is completed, you will be on your way toward a better, healthier, and drug-free life.
This is the first and most important step in drug rehab. Detox rids your body of all the toxins in it so that the body can begin to return to functioning normally. Detox at The Palm Beach Institute is medically supervised to ensure you are physically stable, safe, and comfortable as your system expels the toxins in the process called withdrawal.
Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants, and as such, withdrawal symptoms can potentially be life-threatening. You might expect to experience fever, restlessness, muscle pain, confusion, elevated heart rate, and abdominal cramps. Heavy benzo users might also struggle with:
- Uncontrollable muscle spasms
- Rebound anxiety, which can be worse than before
- Rebound insomnia in which you may not be able to sleep for several days
- Vivid nightmares
Seizures, delirium, and psychosis are three symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, which can be dangerous and possibly spark suicidal behavior.
Detox medical and addiction professionals are present 24/7 to be sure you are safe and comfortable.
Inpatient and residential treatment at The Palm Beach Institute provides different therapies that focus on learning about your addiction, finding more positive methods of resolving conflict, issues, stress, and more. Drug rehab treatment plans are tailored to your individual needs and utilize evidence-based therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR therapy, and motivational interviewing. You will likely also participate in relapse prevention education, life skills coaching, individual family, and group therapy.
If you have a co-occurring mental health disorder that requires care, we will address that at the same time. Many people in drug rehab struggle with their mental health every day and use drugs to ease their symptoms. Our dedicated and caring therapists will work with you in understanding your mental health woes and offer different ways to care for your mind and spirit once you complete drug rehab.
Partial hospitalization is a modality that is best for a person with instability, like a mental health problem, or for an individual experiencing emotional or behavioral issues along with a substance use disorder. Individuals in this level of drug rehab do not need 24-hour medical monitoring and most often spend 20 hours per week in therapeutic care. Partial hospitalization at The Palm Beach Institute means you can live at home as long as it is a stable environment and you have a strong support system.
The Palm Beach Institute offers intensive outpatient treatment. It is a flexible treatment program that can come after inpatient or residential treatment or as a stand-alone form of treatment. This treatment modality provides the same level of support and services as inpatient treatment but gives you the freedom to use the tools and skills learned in your everyday life.
Intensive outpatient treatment is a good option if you need some flexibility in arranging time for therapy sessions, work, school, and home responsibilities. It is also more affordable.
Aftercare at The Palm Beach Institute is our Alumni Program. After you have graduated from drug rehab, aftercare offers you a steady, stable, and strong network of support. The Alumni Program plans events for everyone that graduated from our addiction treatment programs. We can also help you find a new home or job, complete job applications, and provide valuable support as you begin your new life without drugs in the real world.
Benzodiazepine Rehab in Lake Worth FAQ
If you’re like us, there are always more questions than what we’ve read on a webpage. This FAQ section will provide answers to the questions we hear regularly. If you have more questions afterward, you are welcome to contact us at any time.
How long is rehab?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends a stay of 90 days or more for rehab treatment to be truly effective. Benzodiazepine addiction is tough to overcome, and the longer you stay in treatment, the better the outcome will be for you. NIDA’s Principles of Effective Treatment also states that effective treatment should cover all of your needs: physical, mental, social, legal, and vocational. Upon being admitted, your assessment and treatment plan will outline how long rehab is for you.
Does The Palm Beach Institute provide transportation?
We can provide transportation to and from outside the facility appointments. We can also arrange for transportation to and from the Institute from South Florida’s international airports. However, you will need to schedule and pay for the flights. If you need transportation from a bus or train station, please let us know.
How much does drug rehab cost?
Cost is a common obstacle in seeking benzodiazepine drug rehab. Drug rehab can range from a few thousand dollars to much more depending on the type of treatment facility it is to what you take advantage of when in treatment. There are different methods of determining the cost of drug rehab and how to pay for it. Give us a call, and we’ll help find solutions together.
Do I have to travel?
If you live out of state, out of the county, or are local to The Palm Beach Institute, you will have to travel to reach us. There are several means of transportation to bring you to us. We can find the one that is best for you.
What insurance carriers does The Palm Beach Institute take?
We accept most of the major insurance plans and are in-network with a few. Currently, we take Aetna, Beacon, Cigna, and ComPsych. If you don’t have a plan from one of these, you can verify your insurance here or call us.