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Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepines (benzos), such as Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax, are widely prescribed for a reason. These sedatives, also referred to as tranquilizers, offer swift relief from the symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder, or insomnia. People who struggle with these conditions are beyond ecstatic when they initially experience how quickly these medications take the edge off and lead to a relaxed state of being.

As with other prescription drugs, there is another side to the benzo story. While this class of drugs may reward the person with fast-acting relief from the uncomfortable symptoms, this may come at a price. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive, with tolerance to the drug’s effects escalating quickly. Soon you realize it requires more frequent dosing or higher dosages to experience that calming sensation.

Effects of Benzodiazepine Addiction

When tolerance increases that is a sign that the brain has made adaptations in response to the presence of the drug. After continued use of benzos, the brain begins to recognize the drug’s chemical properties and will adjust its own natural chemistry production in response. These alterations in brain chemistry are what cause withdrawal symptoms once you have developed a dependency on a benzodiazepine medication. When the drug is withheld, the brain scrambles to adjust which leads to a cascade of physical and psychological symptoms.

Some of the effects of long-term benzo abuse can include:

  • Cognitive and memory problems
  • Immunological disorders
  • Mental health disorders

Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms:

Although benzodiazepine detox is not a pleasant experience, with a team of addiction professionals guiding and monitoring the process, the discomforts of withdrawal can be significantly reduced. The benzo detox period generally lasts 1-2 weeks in duration. This timeline and the severity of symptoms rest on several factors, such as the length of time of the benzo addiction, the usual daily dosage, and the general health status of the individual.

Benzo withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • Tremors
  • Confusion and impaired cognitive function
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Heart palpitations
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures

The at-home detox team will ensure that you receive medications to help soothe much of the discomfort associated with withdrawal symptoms.

Benzo Withdrawal Timeline

There is no typical timeline for the detox process for Benzodiazepines, as the length and severity of the process varies depending on the individual and the level of prior drug use. While symptoms usually start within 24 hours, they can last for a few days to a few months, depending on the severity of the case.

It is important to note that it is dangerous to stop taking Benzodiazepines abruptly once you have developed an addiction. Because of this, during your detox process, a trained nurse will administer the drug to you in incrementally lower doses over the course of a 1-2 week period until your body is able to function without the drug.

Is Benzo Detox at Home a Safe Option?

Once you begin to recognize that you’ve developed a problem with benzodiazepines, you may be tempted to try to detox on your own. Hoping to avoid exposing your substance abuse problem to others, you might one day decide to just stop taking the Xanax or Valium. Going “cold turkey” can result in a multitude of problems, as benzo withdrawal symptoms can be unpredictable and dangerous. However, you can still achieve the goal of a discreet at home detox experience—safely—through the services of a private detox nurse.

Private detox nurses are trained medical professionals who can quickly respond with appropriate interventions as needed. Under the supervision of a physician, the detox nurse will ease you through the detox and withdrawal process. The home detox is a safe and more private alternative to going to a detox center. As well, the detox nurse is fully trained to provide medical assistance for benzo withdrawal symptoms, from mild to more severe.

Benefits of At-Home Benzodiazepine Detox

There are ample benefits for selecting a home detox versus going through the uncomfortable process in a sterile detox facility. Some of these benefits include:

Maintain Privacy

One way of protecting privacy during the detox process is to obtain these supportive medical services in the comfort of one’s home. Helping someone complete the detox at home can begin the recovery process while ensuring that these services are fully discreet.

Lower Stress

Going through the detox process among your familiar surroundings is much less stressful when compared to a detox facility. Being at home also means having access to supportive family members.

Top-Notch Care

Having one-on-one medical oversight provides the utmost level of care, and gives the individual the confidence that they will be carefully supervised throughout the detox and withdrawal process.

Support for Family

A home detox nurse and his or her team can also support family members during their loved one’s detox phase, and prepare them for the next step of rehabilitation and what it will entail.

Who Provides Our Care?

Our care is provided by Kinkaid’s team of in-home nurses with decades of experience caring for your detox needs. Our nurses are trained to provide high-quality care in a kind, safe and professional manner.

Where is Our At-Home Care Available?

Our in-home benzodiazepine detox is provided throughout the Los Angeles area. Specifically, we cover Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Westwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Holmby Hills, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, Beverly Glen, Beverlywood, and surrounding cities in California.

Why Choose Kinkaid?

Kinkaid Private Nursing Care offers premium in-home services to patients looking for the best and most intensive care on the market. We only take on a few clients at a time, so we always provide specialized care to meet the needs of each client. Additionally, not only do we specialize in premium care, but we also practice proper management techniques to ensure your care is organized, efficient, and best for you.

Overall, we create a concierge medical experience for each of our clients. Our approach starts with building relationships with each of our clients and their families; we get to know you in the comfort and privacy of your home to better understand your exact needs. We then create a personal care team for you consisting of at least a clinical nurse specialist, clinical case manager, and care coordinator. Our compassionate teams are clinician-led and available to you 24/7 to provide unparalleled service and attention to detail.

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