Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are central nervous system (CNS) depressants commonly abused by some patients who are prescribed the drug. Others develop dependence from misusing the prescription for recreational purposes. Clients who choose Promises Behavioral Health have access to various addiction treatment programs\u00a0to assist with benzo withdrawal, detox, and recovery. Treatment is done inpatient or outpatient depending on your needs and circumstances. What Is Benzo Withdrawal? Doctors are usually hesitant to prescribe benzos because long-term use increases the risk of dependence and addiction. But the drug is prescribed to treat mental health conditions such as anxiety disorder, panic attacks, epileptic seizures, and insomnia. The depressant works by binding the brain's GABA receptors. As a result, bound receptors create a euphoric, calming, or sedative effect. However, withdrawal symptoms develop when the person suddenly stops taking the medication after prolonged use or goes through medically-assisted detox. Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms Common benzodiazepines include alprazolam, lorazepam,\u00a0and\u00a0diazepam. On the street, benzodiazepine drugs taken for non-medical purposes go by names like Benzos, Ladders, and Downers. Regardless of the name, the following unpleasant symptoms may occur as the drug leaves the body during benzo withdrawal: \tCravings \tHeadaches \tPanic attacks or anxiety \tExcessive sweating \tTrouble sleeping or concentrating \tHeart palpitations Less common but severe symptoms, including seizures, psychosis, and hallucinations, may occur in cases of severe addiction. Attend a benzo detox center for safe and more comfortable rehabilitation. How Long Does Benzo Withdrawal Last? The benzo withdrawal timeline depends on several factors, including: \tDosage amount \tMethod and frequency of use \tLength of time taking benzodiazepines \tType of benzo used or abused \tUnderlying disorders or mental health problems \tAbuse of alcohol or other drugs at the same time Benzo Withdrawal Timeline Acute withdrawal symptoms generally last for 7 to 10 days for those with mild addiction. People who take high doses of benzos for a long time may take several weeks or months to withdraw completely. The experience is similar for those taking long-acting benzo. The long-acting tablet, capsules, or liquid have a longer "half-life" than the short-acting medications. The first withdrawal signs typically begin within 6 to 8 hours after the last dose for shorter-acting benzos. It can take around 1 to 3 days for longer-acting benzos. \tDays 1 \u2013 3: At this stage, the body and brain try to adapt to being without the drug. The\u00a0person may experience nausea, vomiting, or difficulty sleeping. \tDays 4 \u2013 7: Strong cravings may develop and persist as initial symptoms begin to subside. It is normal to feel exhausted during this time. \tDays 8 \u2013 14: Psychological symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and insomnia may accompany the physical symptoms. \tDays 15 \u2013 28: The drug should be entirely out of the body by now. Mental and emotional symptoms present in the second week may continue to persist. Benefits of Benzo Medical Detox Detox is the first stage of addiction recovery. It is necessary to stop physical dependence on benzo. However, quitting by your self, "cold turkey" is not recommended. Withdrawal and detox at an accredited addiction treatment center means getting professional care and support as you wean off the drug. The process prevents relapse with a drug-free environment when irresistible cravings show up. The physician and therapist will monitor you throughout the process. They may also provide medication-assisted therapy to help reduce the duration and intensity of your symptoms during medical drug detox. Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Clients are always encouraged to follow up with inpatient or outpatient behavioral therapy. Other services are available to help you manage protracted withdrawal symptoms, which can last for months or years. Programs include: \tCognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) \tHolistic therapy \t12 step support group \tNon 12 step support groups \tFamily therapy A primary goal of mental health therapy is to give clients the resources they need to resist the temptation to abuse drugs. Feel Free to Make That Life-Changing Call Today If you or a loved one is struggling to quit benzo, Promises Behavioral Health is an addiction treatment center in Nashville, TN, that offers individualized treatment programs for adults trying to end benzo addiction. Also, our specialized medical drug detox for men and women and drug rehab for professionals help anyone in need. Contact Promises Behavioral Health experts about our treatment programs today. Call to speak to an admissions counselor about a program that is right for you.