Benzodiazepine Addiction in Royal Palm Beach

The Village of Royal Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida, is a small community located just a tad west of bustling West Palm Beach. Even though it has a lesser population than the more well-known cities near it, the Village has its problems with crime and drug abuse. Crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as reported by Neighborhood Scout, indicates that the crime rate is higher than 50 percent of the states cities and towns of all sizes.

Drug abuse and particularly poly-substance abuse affect Royal Palm Beach, as well as the rest of the county. Benzodiazepines, benzos for short, are one of several prescription drugs that are causing accidental overdoses, and more so when taken with opioids. Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is one such benzo that is found in those who have succumbed to drugs and alcohol by Florida’s medical examiners.

Deaths by benzodiazepines in Palm Beach County have decreased in the last few years. There were 392 deaths from benzos in 2017, 375 in 2018, 350 in 2019. State-wide, there were 367 deaths where alprazolam (Xanax) and fentanyl analogs were found by medical examiners.

The Florida Department of Health 2018 Patterns and Trends of the Opioid Epidemic in Florida report indicated that benzodiazepine prescriptions for Palm Beach County numbered between 41.63 to 51.73 per 100,000 residents. (Figure 3).

Benzo abuse is not uncommon, and neither is obtaining a benzo from a street dealer. As legitimate prescriptions filled figures decrease, the number of counterfeit benzos and benzos tainted with fentanyl analogs increases. The Drug Enforcement Administration recently sent out a Public Safely Alert titled “One Pill can Kill.” The federal agency states that fake pills, including alprazolam (Xanax), are being mass- produced and may contain fentanyl or methamphetamine, both of which are deadly. The fake pills are made to look like the real ones and can be found for sale on social media and e-commerce platforms, meaning they can be easily obtained. 

Benzodiazepines are meant to be taken for the short term but are often abused for recreational purposes. If the dose taken is higher than the prescribed dose or if they are taken for more than two to four weeks, a person can become addicted to the drug. Benzo addiction is one of the toughest to overcome, and withdrawal from them can produce life-threatening symptoms.

The Palm Beach Institute Drug Rehab in Royal Palm Beach

Addiction is defined as “a complex condition marked by compulsive substance use despite the harmful consequences that result,” per the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Drug rehab at The Palm Beach Institute can help you or someone you care about overcome benzo addiction.

Detox

Medical detox is the first and most important step in drug rehab, and The Palm Beach Institute offers this essential service. 

When an individual attempts to stop using benzodiazepines, the symptoms they might experience can be uncomfortable and intense, thus, driving them back to using the drug(s) again. Constant use of benzos can cause tolerance, which means more of the drug will be needed to feel the same effects as the first few doses. Tolerance can lead to chemical dependency, which is marked by experiencing withdrawal symptoms when drug use stops. Addiction occurs when an individual seeks and obtains benzos with no regard for the consequences.

Withdrawal symptoms from benzos can be distressing and possibly dangerous. They include:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Restlessness

More severe withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Hallucinations
  • Rebound insomnia, which can be more intense than before
  • Rebound anxiety, which can be more intense than before
  • Uncontrollable muscle spasms
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances, vivid nightmares

Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome could also occur and can be life-threatening if not treated by medical professionals. Benzo withdrawal symptoms can last for a month or longer.

Inpatient/Residential

When detox is completed, you will begin inpatient treatment at The Palm Beach Institute. Here, you will start intensive therapy sessions where you will begin to learn where the root of your addiction began and what you need to do to address it. Inpatient treatment is the highest level of addiction treatment requiring a stay of 90 days or more on-site. It is a safe and structured environment giving you the time and space you need to fully focus on yourself and your acute needs. Inpatient treatment includes standard therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing. Also offered at our facility are dual diagnosis care, solution-focused therapy, gender-specific group therapy, family programming, and much more.

Partial Hospitalization

The Palm Beach Institute understands that there will be people who fall between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is where these people could be placed. This program is better suited for you if you do not need 24-hour monitoring due to ongoing medical issues but still need a higher level of care than outpatient treatment provides. PHP is better if there is a co-occurring mental health disorder and a less severe addiction to benzos. It requires a minimum of 20 hours per week in therapy. This program might also be a good option for you if you have a strong, stable support network at home. You can expect to participate in the standard behavioral therapies and also engage in educational workshops on stress management, medical management, and relapse prevention planning.

Intensive Outpatient

Each person in drug rehab has different needs, and each person’s treatment plan is tailored to those needs. The intensive outpatient program (IOP) at The Palm Beach Institute is a good option if you have a history of relapsing or have a co-occurring mental health disorder, like depression, that needs comprehensive care but not around-the-clock monitoring. It is a flexible form of care that requires vigilant and honest self-monitoring. IOP may be beneficial for you if you cannot leave home, work, or school for an extended time.

Aftercare

At The Palm Beach Institute, our aftercare is called the Alumni Program. We know and understand that when drug rehab is done, you will still need support. Addiction is a life-long struggle, and you will not be left alone once your treatment program ends. Other graduates from our center are available for support, advice, and advocacy. We tap into our vast network of community resources to help you find work, a new home, and other needs. We plan events and hold meetings and gatherings to bolster you as you work each day to remain substance-free. You will not be alone.

Benzodiazepine Rehab in Royal Palm Beach FAQ

No doubt, there will be questions that have not yet been answered. Our FAQ section below addresses the commonly asked questions about drug rehab. If you still have questions, we encourage you to contact us so we can get the answers.

How long is rehab?

Each person that attends drug rehab has unique needs, and as such, their time in treatment may be different than someone else. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that a stay of 90 days is usually needed in order for drug rehab to be effective. In their “Principles of Effective Treatment,” they underscore this stating, that treatment varies by the drug of abuse and characteristics of the client and that all of their needs must be addressed.

Does The Palm Beach Institute provide transportation?

We can arrange transportation to and from local airports, bus, and train stations to our facility. However, you will be responsible to pay for any fares. We may also provide rides to and from any outside medical appointments or outside support meetings.

How much does drug rehab cost?

The cost of drug rehab depends largely on where you go. Luxury rehab facilities usually cost more than other places. Drug rehab costs can range from a few thousand dollars and up. Drug rehab costs may include medications given, alternative therapies, and any amenities you enjoy.  We understand that the cost can be a significant obstacle to seeking addiction treatment, and we will work with you to find solutions. Money should never stand in the way of getting help when it’s needed.

Do I have to travel?

Travel can also be a major barrier to drug rehab. There are several ways to travel, as mentioned above. We can help find an affordable way to travel to our facility, but, yet,  you will have to travel to our facility.

What insurance carriers does The Palm Beach Institute take?

Presently, we take Cigna, Aetna, ComPsych, and Beacon. We also accept most of the other major insurance plans, including those under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Substance use disorder treatment and mental health disorder treatment are covered by most plans under the ACA. If you want to be sure, click here to verify your insurance.

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