Jorge had been using benzodiazepines after his doctor had prescribed them for anxiety. He felt like he needed more than his doctor’s prescription would allow him, so he was using whatever benzos he could get his hands on. One night, he had run out of supply, and the withdrawal symptoms descended upon him like a storm. He was forced to ask himself what he was doing with his life.
He didn’t understand how he had gotten to this place. He started taking benzodiazepines for anxiety; they made it easier for him to function. Now, holding an empty container in his hands as his body demanded more of this substance, it was becoming too much. He needed help. He needed to be able to get through the day without needing the medication or experiencing withdrawals from it. But taking time off of work to focus on treatment simply wasn’t an option for him.
We recognize that treatment can look different for every person, but the result is empowering for every unique individual we’ve come across. By offering several treatment options, you will be able to take your life back from heroin and live a life that is full of strength and resilience. At SUN Delaware, you can come to our facility during the day and return home at night. The time needed for treatment is typically 30-90 days, and how long you will be at our facility during the day depends on the level of care needed. Our facility accepts private pay, commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid insurance.
Many people don’t know what addiction treatment will look like, and that unknown can be terrifying. It can be enough for some people to be hesitant to seek treatment. However, receiving treatment and achieving recovery can be an amazing experience. At SUN Behavioral Delaware, we are here to help you begin your recovery journey. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, private, and commercial pay insurance.
Withdrawal is the natural process your body goes through when you stop using benzodiazepines. It is recommended that a medical professional monitor your systems during this process. While symptoms are not typically life-threatening, they are very uncomfortable and can lead to complications. These symptoms happen because the body has become dependent on benzos and is now removing them from its system. This leads to several symptoms that typically start within 24 hours and last for several weeks or months, depending on how long you have been taking benzos. These symptoms might include:
Partial hospitalization (PHP) is great for preventing the need for hospitalization. You will come to the facility during the day and then be able to go back home at night. During the day, you will attend group sessions daily, 5 days a week, and meet with our psychiatrists who will provide you with medication oversight management. You will participate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), wellness recovery action plan (WRAP), and other coping skills training during these group sessions. WRAP is a system that will help you understand and implement wellness techniques necessary to prevent a return to use. CBT teaches you skills and helps you learn how to manage, recognize, and change unhealthy thought patterns to better cope with stressful situations.
The next step down from PHP is intensive outpatient (IOP). This level of care allows you some freedom during the day while providing support and structure. It involves participating in group sessions 3 days a week. You can continue your progress in CBT and WRAP, while also attending a daily process group. This daily process group will allow you to work through any concerns as you transition to lower levels of care.
All patients at SUN Delaware can expect to spend their time in customized sessions throughout the day. They will participate in group psychotherapy while meeting with nurse practitioners. Support groups that include 12-step groups may be utilized. During group sessions, patients will also learn about mindfulness, CBT, stress management, and life skills development. SUN Delaware treats in a trauma-informed environment with trauma-informed staff and allows patients to participate in yoga and physical wellness strategies. By the time treatment is complete, patients will have completed aftercare planning for their continued recovery process.
Doctors can prescribe benzodiazepines to relieve muscle spasms or help with anxiety. However, taking benzos in ways not prescribed by a doctor can lead to a benzodiazepine use disorder. They might be taken orally or crushed and snorted. Using benzodiazepines other than how prescribed can cause forgetfulness, loss of motor coordination, dizziness, and slowed breathing. A medical professional is the only one who can diagnose a benzodiazepine use disorder and will use assessments to do so.
There are several causes of developing a benzodiazepine use disorder. While these can be genetic, social and environmental reasons are the common cause of benzo use disorder. You could develop a benzo use disorder if your friends or family use benzodiazepines around you. This could be them verbally offering you benzodiazepines, or even just seeing the use happen - especially at a young age. Mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and stress can play a role, as can using benzodiazepines to relieve trauma. Even if you fall under these risks, it does not necessarily mean you will develop a benzodiazepine use disorder. It is often a complicated combination of several risks resulting in the development of a benzo use disorder.
One of the most difficult challenges that anyone can experience is asking for help. However, it is the bravest and strongest thing you can do for yourself. There are ways to know if you need help with a benzodiazepine use disorder. This can include experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as intense cravings between doses of benzodiazepines.
If you have been prescribed a benzodiazepine and are using more than prescribed, it may be time to seek treatment. Another sign of needing treatment is if you have lied or stolen from loved ones concerning your benzodiazepine use. There might have also been a drop in your work or school performance.
Seeking help for benzodiazepine use disorder is a big step in the right direction. Remember that seeking treatment is both brave and strong, and you will likely have questions about what it will mean for you as an individual. Located in Georgetown, DE, SUN Behavioral is here to help you meet your unmet needs. This is why we offer no-cost care assessments that allow you to speak with a representative as they assess your needs and answer any questions you may have. For more information or if you are ready to start your benzodiazepine use disorder treatment, call us today at 302-604-5600.