Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Management
Benzodiazepine use can lead to the development of physiological dependence and a risk of severe and/or complicated withdrawal. Medical supervision and withdrawal management is commonly sought when a patient chooses to stop using benzodiazepines. The agreed upon approach is to taper use of the benzodiazepine down, instead of stopping using the substance abruptly.7
Tapering can take place over several weeks or even months and, in some cases, may be more easily achieved with long-acting benzos rather than short-acting ones (i.e., a longer-acting benzodiazepine may be first substituted for a shorter-acting one prior to initiating a taper). In some cases, outpatient detoxification is an appropriate approach, so long as the patient:7
- Does not have polysubstance dependence.
- Is committed to recovery and reliable in adhering to detox protocols.
- Has supportive loved ones to help monitor their progress.
- Is willing to check in in-person or over the phone with their doctor.
A gradual tapering is the key to managing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal, although combining such a gradual dose reduction with psychological therapy and other behavioral interventions can be additionally beneficial.4
High-risk patients, such as those with underlying medical conditions or a history of seizures, might find more success in their recovery journey by attending an inpatient, medically-managed detox program.4
Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment
Detox, while important, is no substitute for longer-term rehabilitation efforts, which include therapy, counseling, education, skills training, aftercare planning, among other options.
These approaches to sobriety and recovery can be found at addiction treatment facilities dedicated to quality, evidence-based approaches to treatment. After detox, some may find that inpatient treatment—where they live on the grounds 24/7—is the right approach for their recovery journey. Others can work within the confines of outpatient therapy.
Recovery First Treatment Center offers a full continuum of care for benzodiazepine cessation, as well as for many other substances. Admissions Navigators are available day and night to answer your questions at 954-526-5776.
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