Benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as benzos, can be beneficial for the person who takes them as prescribed. Often, they are prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, or seizures.
However, they are often abused and misused by people who take them to get the sometimes euphoric effects. Benzos taken for legitimate medical reasons can be just as dangerous and addictive as when abused for non-medical reasons.
Palm Beach Gardens, located in Palm Beach County, Florida, is a lovely small city with many amenities for those who reside there. It is also an area where benzos have created harmful, near-fatal, and fatal consequences.
The Florida Medical Examiners Commission reported 350 benzo-related deaths in 2019 in Palm Beach County. In 2020, 365 deaths were caused by alprazolam (Xanax) when taken in combination with other drugs. Also, state medical examiners reported that diazepam (Valium) taken in combination with other drugs caused 49 fatalities. Of the drugs taken with it:
- Nordiazpeman counted for 81.4% of deaths
- Oxazepam counted for 34.9% of deaths
- Temazepam counted for 34.9% of deaths
- Alprazolam counted for 18.6% of deaths
As noted in this Miami-Dade County government repository, the 2017 National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) for Southeastern Florida reported that the number of benzo non-fatal hospital overdose poisoning cases exceeded those for heroin and prescription opioids in the three South Florida counties, which includes Palm Beach County in the first half of 2016.
Further, these five benzos, from highest to lowest, were detected in decedents by state medical examiners:
- Alprazolam: 36%
- Nordiazepam: 14%
- Diazepam 13%
- Clonazepam: 10%
- Temazepam: 9%
In the first six months of 2016, hospital overdose poisonings totaled 1,047, with 40% that occurred in emergency departments and 60% admitted as inpatients. Also, 5,582 people were admitted to substance use treatment for benzo addiction.
Benzo addiction can be very difficult to overcome, but it can be done. If you or someone you care about lives near Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, substance abuse treatment is as close as The Palm Beach Institute.
The Palm Beach Institute Drug Rehab in Palm Beach Gardens
Drug rehab can make the difference between continuing to abuse substances and paying the consequences or learning how to live substance-free and enjoying life to the fullest. Benzodiazepine treatment in Palm Beach Gardens can be your saving grace. It is a short 20-minute drive or ride and one that will put you in caring, respectful, and professional medical and addiction hands.
Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants, and as such, withdrawal from them is one of the most dangerous. Heavy benzo users could expect to experience hallucinations, uncontrollable muscle spasms, confusion, and an elevated heart rate. If these withdrawal symptoms are not monitored and treated in detox, they can be life-threatening.
Detox at The Palm Beach Institute is medically monitored to ensure you are medically stable and as comfortable as possible. Detox can go a few days or a few weeks, depending on your individual factors. These are:
- How severe your addiction is
- How long you have been addicted to the substance(s)
- How you abused the substance(s)
- Your family history
- If you have any co-occurring disorders, such as a mental health disorder
- How much of the substance(s) you have been using
- Any other medical conditions you may have
Medication may be given to you during detox to help you safely taper off of the drugs you’ve been using. Other medications may be given to keep you hydrated and ensure you are medically stable.
There are three steps in the process of detox:
Evaluation – This is a meeting with the medical and substance use staff to determine what your acute needs are if you have a co-occurring disorder, what your social and home life is, and if you have responsibilities at home or work that might deter addiction treatment.
Stabilization – You will undergo detox with understanding medical personnel at your side with the aim of ensuring you’re physically stable to continue on with substance use treatment.
Beginning Treatment – You will be given a briefing about what to expect in treatment and be able to review your individual treatment plan with a therapist.
After you have completed detox, the next step is inpatient or residential treatment.
When you begin inpatient/residential treatment at The Palm Beach Institute, you will start the process of learning and understanding what the root causes of addiction are for you. A strong part of residential treatment is the different therapy sessions you will participate in. Their focus is to help you see where you might have made the wrong turn to addiction and how to find the turn back to living without benzodiazepines.
Some of the therapy types you should expect to join are:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – The object of CBT is learning to recognize incorrect thinking that creates problems and reevaluate them in a new light, per the American Psychological Association. You will learn how to better understand your behavior and the motivation of others. Also, you will learn how to develop a stronger sense of confidence in yourself and your abilities. CBT’s aim is to get you to face your fears and not avoid them and learn how to handle problematic situations that can arise with others.
Other therapy sessions you could engage in are dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and group therapy. The Palm Beach Institute also offers gender-specific group therapy. Aside from these, you may also be medically overseen until the staff is 100% sure you are physically stable.
Partial hospitalization (PHP) is for those who do not have a severe substance use disorder but have a co-occurring disorder or other acute need that requires a more intense form of care. It is a structured, comprehensive program. In PHP, you are usually not required to live at the treatment center. However, you are still required to make all of your therapy appointments, which can be for five days a week and up to four to six hours at a time at the treatment center.
PHP is better for individuals who have a stable home environment, reliable transportation, need more help than outpatient care, and have a health problem that needs medical supervision.
Intensive outpatient treatment is more flexible than the above-mentioned treatments. It is sometimes used as a stand-alone form of treatment or as part of continuing care after you complete residential treatment. This treatment type provides the same level of support and variety of services as inpatient treatment. You will be able to use the skills and tools you are learning in your daily life.
You will be able to participate in different workshops, such as stress management, relapse prevention, and life skills.
The Palm Beach Institute’s aftercare is called the Alumni Program. We know that recovery doesn’t end when treatment is completed and can be a life-long journey. Everyone needs support at some point in their lives, and some need it more when they are newly sober.
The Alumni program provides opportunities to meet and share stories, tips on how to navigate trigger situations, or just to enjoy each others’ company. The program can also assist you in finding transitions services, housing, finding employment, and help to complete job applications. You won’t be without a strong network of support when your substance use treatment ends.
Drug Rehab in Palm Beach Gardens FAQ
There are always questions that need to be answered regarding drug rehab. The questions people have often reflect the barriers to receiving treatment that we often hear. Below are answers to questions we get all the time.
How long is rehab?
There is no definite length of time for rehab. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicates that “most addicted individuals need at least three months in treatment to significantly reduce or stop their drug use.” Ninety days is usually the standard amount of time a person is in rehab. Some people may need to stay in rehab longer. Your length of stay may be determined when you are going through the assessment before detox.
Does The Palm Beach Institute provide transportation?
We can arrange transportation to and from the nearest local airports to our facility. We can also arrange transportation to outside medical appointments if needed. We do not, however, pay for any transportation. If you need to arrange transportation, please call and let one of our helpful, friendly folks know.
How much does drug rehab cost?
Lack of money is usually a barrier to seeking treatment. The cost of drug rehab largely depends on where the facility is, what type of facility it is, medications given in rehab, how long you are in rehab, and amenities taken. Speaking broadly, drug rehab may cost somewhere around a thousand dollars to several thousand dollars. Don’t let that frighten you away from seeking treatment. The Palm Beach Institute will work with you to find acceptable solutions for payment.
Do I have to travel?
Yes, you will have to travel whether you live a few miles away or are out of state. Fortunately, there are many ways of traveling to our center, like a private vehicle, public bus or train, or air.
What insurance carriers does The Palm Beach Institute take?
We accept most major insurance plans and some under the Affordable Care Act. We are also in-network with others, which might reduce the cost of rehab for you. It’s best to call us or click here to verify your insurance.