Benzodiazepines are a common prescription drug in the United States and in West Palm Beach. They’re used to treat common problems like anxiety disorders, sleep problems, and muscle spasms. But they’re also used as recreational substances. As central nervous system depressants, they may be used to achieve a relaxing high that’s similar to alcohol. However, using them consistently for several weeks or misusing them in high doses can cause chemical dependence and addiction. Addiction is a chronic condition, but it’s one that can be treated.
Learn more about benzodiazepine addiction and how it can be treated in West Palm Beach.
Drug Addiction in West Palm Beach
Drug addiction is a significant public health problem all over the country, even in beautiful West Palm Beach. In the United States, overdose deaths reached a record high at more than 93,000 deaths related to overdose in 2020. In the state of Florida, medical examiners investigated 7,040 deaths, in which drugs were found in a person’s system when they died in the first half of 2020. Of these 2,182 involved benzodiazepines. Alcohol and opioids were the most common substances to be identified, both of which can be deadly when mixed with benzodiazepines. In the majority of cases, more than one drug was found, indicating that polydrug use is a significant problem in Florida.
Benzodiazepines can be dangerous in high doses, but they don’t usually cause fatal, accidental overdoses unless they are combined with other substances like alcohol or opioids. In West Palm Beach, alprazolam, sold as Xanax, was found in 115 deaths. All but four of these cases involved other drugs in addition to alprazolam.
Palm Beach Institute Drug Rehab in West Palm Beach
The Palm Beach Institute offers several levels of care in addiction treatment for people that are seeking help for a substance use disorder in West Palm Beach. When you start your journey to recovery, you’ll go through an assessment process to determine the levels of care and treatment services that are right for you. Here’s a breakdown of those levels of care that are offered at The Palm Beach Institute.
Detox is often the first step in addiction treatment, especially for people that are chemically dependent on a central nervous system depressant, like benzodiazepines. Detox also called medically managed intensive inpatient treatment, is the highest level of care in the continuum of care model of addiction treatment. It’s designed to address high-level medical needs, especially needs that are associated with severe or dangerous withdrawal symptoms. The first goal of detox is to get you through the withdrawal phase safely and as comfortably as possible. You will receive 24-hour treatment from medical professionals. Clinical staff can also begin to help you address the underlying causes and consequences of addiction in individual and group therapy.
Inpatient and residential treatment services also provide 24-hour care on a level that’s less intensive than medical detox. In inpatient treatment, you may go through medically monitored inpatient services. This is a good level of care for people that have stable medical conditions but require extra monitoring. For example, depressants like benzodiazepines and alcohol can sometimes cause seizures after the acute withdrawal phase has ended, which requires additional monitoring.
Residential treatment services also offer 24-hour care, but in a setting that is more like a residence than a hospital. Residential services continue to offer clinically managed treatment at high and low intensities. In residential treatment, you’ll go through many hours of treatment each day with individual and group therapies according to your personalized treatment plan.
Partial hospitalization (PHP) is the highest level of outpatient treatment in the continuum of care model. It involves 20 or more hours of addiction treatment services each week. People in any outpatient level of care will have enough medical and psychological stability that they don’t need 24-hour care and monitoring, but they do need many hours of care each week. This level of care is ideal for people that have a relatively low level of risk to their health and sobriety when living independently but still have a lot of ground to cover in treatment to ensure long-term sobriety.
Intensive outpatient treatment involves nine or more hours of treatment services each week. This level of care is similar to partial hospitalization, but it takes place at a lower intensity pace. It allows clients to take on more responsibilities in their day-to-day life while continuing to receive structure and support in treatment services. You will continue many of the same therapies that you would go through in PHP, including individual and group therapies. Behavioral therapies are also common, especially cognitive behavioral therapy.
Aftercare services refer to services that are offered to help people after formal treatment has ended. This may involve follow-up check-ins, job placement, help with finding housing, and other important considerations. Aftercare services are designed to help people maintain long-term sobriety and to continue their pursuit of recovery after treatment has ended.
Drug Rehab in West Palm Beach FAQ
Seeking drug rehab for the first time or returning to it after a relapse may be a daunting process. There are several barriers to addiction treatment, including transportation to treatment and the overall cost of addiction treatment. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions we receive at The Palm Beach Institute.
How Long is Rehab?
Addiction treatment is a complex process that’s designed to focus on the physical, psychological, and social aspects of addiction. There are multiple levels of care that you may need to go through for treatment to be effective. Like other aspects of treatment, the length of time you spend in rehab will be specific to your needs and treatment plan. There is no maximum amount of time that you should spend in treatment or in any one level of care.
However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has identified that 90 days is an ideal minimum amount of time to spend in treatment. Treatment that lasts fewer than 90 days may be less effective. Those 90 days may be spread across several levels of care. Detox usually lasts for five to ten days, inpatient treatment may last for a few weeks, and outpatient treatment may last for several weeks or months.
Do I Have to Travel?
If you’re seeking addiction treatment at The Palm Beach Institute, but you live out of town, you will have to travel to attend treatment here. There are pros and cons to attending treatment away from your hometown. Getting out of the area in which you were in active addiction can feel like a fresh start, and it removes you from people and places that may trigger cravings to use. However, traveling can also be inconvenient. However, The Palm Beach Institute offers in-person inpatient and outpatient treatment to people from all over the country. But if you can’t travel, there may be other treatment options closer to home.
Does The Palm Beach Institute Provide Transportation?
If you do decide to travel to The Palm Beach Institute from out of town, you will have to overcome some of the challenges that are associated with travel. We can help in some ways to make your trip smoother. You will be responsible for organizing your own flights, but we can coordinate with you to pick you up from the airport to get you to the facility. If you go through detox or inpatient services at The Palm Beach Institute, many of your treatment needs will be met at the facility. But if you need to go off-campus for something like a doctor’s appointment, we can help take you to and from your appointments.
How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost?
The cost of drug rehab is highly variable, depending on your specific needs and your treatment plan. Like other forms of healthcare, addiction treatment and rehab can be costly, costing anywhere from a few thousand to several thousand dollars. There are several factors that can influence the final cost of treatment, including your treatment plan, the kind of facility you go through, the levels of care you need, prescription medications, and other costs. However, insurance companies offer coverage for addiction treatment and mental health services, and they can be a significant help in offsetting the cost.
What Insurance Carriers Does The Palm Beach Institute Take?
The Palm Beach Institute accepts coverage from most private insurance companies, but we currently don’t accept coverage from federally funded providers like Medicaid. Insurance companies are required by law to offer coverage for mental and behavioral healthcare, including addiction treatment services. Most insurance companies will offer some coverage for the kind of treatment you would receive at The Palm Beach Institute, though the amount of coverage you get will depend on your insurance plan. PBI is in-network with several treatment providers, including Aetna and Cigna. Still, if you don’t have an in-network insurance provider, you may still be able to get coverage.