What is Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome?

Withdrawal symptoms are commonly experienced amongst those with substance abuse or addiction disorders. Withdrawal refers to the process the body undergoes when chemical substance use is stopped abruptly. Over time, the body will begin to adapt to a constant flow of drugs or alcohol – when these chemicals are no longer being introduced to the central nervous system, the physical body and the brain react violently.

In most cases, withdrawal symptoms will be harshly uncomfortable, but they will not be life-threatening if they are being properly treated by a team of experienced medical professionals. This is why attending a medical detox is so important to those who are attempting to get sober – without detox, the physical symptoms of withdrawal often lead to relapse within a matter of hours. In some cases, however, withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening, usually when alcohol or benzodiazepines are involved.

What is Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome?

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a potent type of prescription sedative, most commonly prescribed for the treatment of serious anxiety-related disorders. Some common benzodiazepine brands include Valium, Xanax, and Ativan. Those who are prescribed these drugs will typically be advised to take them for a short period, seeing as they are so potent and habit-forming. They are also amongst the most commonly prescribed medications throughout the United States, and benzodiazepine addiction is extremely prevalent. When it comes to drugs like Xanax, getting addicted is fairly easy, and quitting (without professional help) is next to impossible.

This is partly because the symptoms of withdrawal are so intense. At Allure Detox, we are well-versed in treating the symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal and ensuring that no life-threatening medical complications arise. Our goal is to make the detoxification process as comfortable as possible while helping each of our patients make the seamless and stress-free transition from medical detox to the next appropriate level of care.

Dangers of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome

Benzodiazepine withdrawal is so intense that it is often classified as its own syndrome. What is benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, and how do withdrawal symptoms associated with prescription sedatives vary from other symptoms of detoxification? Withdrawal symptoms associated with benzodiazepines are typically characterized by intense insomnia and sleep disturbances, severe anxiety, and panic attacks, irritability and aggression, profuse sweating, tremors, nausea and vomiting which often results in weight loss, intense headaches, muscle joint, pain and stiffness, and changes to perception.

Those who have been addicted to benzodiazepines for an extended period will experience even more severe symptoms, which could include seizures or psychosis. For the first 1-4 days of withdrawal, an individual will typically feel a host of unpleasant psychological symptoms, such as severe anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Once the initial stage of withdrawal is over, the more severe symptoms will set in. These symptoms will last for around two weeks and will need to be closely monitored in case of any potential complications. Those who suffer from polydrug abuse (which is common in the case of benzodiazepines, which are often combined with other chemical substances like alcohol), the symptoms of withdrawal will be even more severe. Those who are experiencing benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome should seek professional medical assistance immediately. The most effective form of medical intervention takes place in medical detox, where addiction specialists, prescribing physicians, and psychiatrists work together to alleviate symptoms as much as possible.

Treatment for Benzodiazepine Addiction

At Allure Detox, we have extensive experience in treating all existing symptoms of withdrawal and helping men and women of all ages make the transition from medical detox to inpatient or outpatient treatment. Medical detox is a necessary beginning step on every recovery journey – and we are available to help you take that step as soon as you become willing. Give us a call today to learn more, we look forward to answering any additional questions you may have.