Benzo Detox and Treatment for Teens
If your teenager is abusing drugs like Benzodiazepines, it’s imperative that you seek professional help to end their abuse. Whether your teen was prescribed Benzos or has been acquiring them elsewhere, Benzo abuse is a serious issue. While these drugs can be helpful short-term for individuals struggling with certain mental health issues, they are extremely addictive and have serious withdrawal symptoms.
At Teen Treatment Center, our team has decades of experience treating individuals who are struggling with Benzo abuse. Oftentimes, teenagers rely on drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with a mental health condition or severe stress and anxiety. While in our care, your teen will have the opportunity to work through any underlying issues that are causing them to turn to substance abuse and develop new healthy coping mechanisms.
If you suspect your teen is at risk of developing a benzodiazepine addiction, Teen Treatment Center is here to help. To learn more about our treatment programs, call us today at (844) 319-5239. Help is available 24/7. All consultations are confidential and free.
What are Benzodiazepines (Benzos)?
Many parents come to us wondering, “What are Benzodiazepines?” Also known as benzos, this is a class of prescription medications more commonly known as tranquilizers or depressants. Benzos are most often prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, seizures and insomnia. Although these prescription drugs can be taken in moderation to effectively treat a variety of mental health issues, they are not meant for long-term use and have highly addictive qualities.
Examples of benzodiazepines include:
A recent study reports the amount of benzos being prescribed has increased an average of 2.5% each year since the 90’s. This surge in prescriptions has made benzos more easily accessible to teenagers, find them in friends or family’s medicine cabinets or receiving a prescription themselves, and has therefore increased their abuse of the drugs.
Signs of Benzo Abuse
So how do you know if your teen is abusing benzos (benzodiazepine)? This can be a tough question since there are many common signs of substance abuse; however, there are several signs specific to benzo abuse, which include:
- Drowsiness and dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
- Trouble breathing
- Frequent headaches
Ironically, chronic abuse of benzos can also lead to the mental health issues the drug is meant to treat, such as anxiety and insomnia. With the drug’s highly addictive qualities, it is also common for individuals to develop a full-blown benzo addiction.
In addition to the signs of benzo abuse, it’s equally important for parents to be aware of benzo withdrawal symptoms.
What does Benzodiazepine look like? Benzo's can come in a variety of colors and shapes. For example Xanax is white, oval shaped with XANAX imprinted. Xanax XR can be many shapes and colors with X/1, X/2, or X/3.
The Importance of a Medically-supervised Benzo Detox
Since Benzodiazepines are addictive in nature, even individuals who are prescribed them by a doctor require a strict regimen to safely ween them off of the drug. Those who are taking more than prescribed, or are abusing them without a prescription, are at greater risk of experiencing dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
If your teen is showing any of the following benzo withdrawal symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
- Increased tension and anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Hand tremors
- Frequent sweating
- Nausea and dry heaving
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle pain and stiffness
- Psychotic reactions
Taking a high dosage of Benzodiazepines can also lead to a coma or even death; however, this does not have to be your teen’s future.
When your teenager arrives at our facility, they will be assessed by our clinical director and psychiatrist. Part of this assessment is to determine whether or not detoxification will be a necessary part of your teen’s treatment plan. Detoxes are only prescribed to teens that are physically dependent on drugs, alcohol or prescription medications.
If your teen does go through detox, they will be under medical supervision 24/7. The staff at our accredited treatment center will make sure your teen is safe and comfortable during the entire process, which typically only lasts a few days. Once the drugs have been safely removed from your teen’s system, they will be prepared for the next phases of their substance abuse treatment.
Evidence-based Treatment Programs
Our abstinence-focused treatment programs will help your teen overcome any early signs of benzo addiction. Our board-certified staff will work closely with your teen to address any underlying issues, including mental health conditions, that may be contributing to their drug abuse.
Each teenager receives an individualized treatment plan focused on their unique needs, background and goals. The following evidence-based treatment methods and services may be incorporated:
- Dual Diagnosis treatment: After your child arrives at our facility, they will be assessed by a psychiatrist and a licensed mental health counselor. If your teen is diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder, such as anxiety, depression or ADHD, we will treat the substance abuse along with the mental health condition.
- Individual therapy: During one-on-one sessions with their primary therapist, your teen will work through the underlying issues contributing to their benzo abuse and develop healthy coping mechanisms for the future.
- Family therapy: Family involvement increases your teen’s chances at long-term recovery and provides the opportunity to develop a healthy family dynamic. As part of our family therapy program, we offer weekly family therapy sessions, a family workshop, support groups, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training sessions.
- Group counseling: Group counseling is an integral part of your teen’s recovery. In these sessions, your teen will gain encouragement from their peers facing similar struggles and learn how to develop healthy, supportive relationships.
- Academic support: With the help of our on-staff principal, your teen will be able to continue their education while receiving treatment by coordinating with their home school, taking online classes or completing GED coursework.
- Recreational therapy: When treating substance abuse it’s important to heal the whole person – mind, body and spirit. During recreational activities, we will help your teen rediscover their passions and teach them how to socialize and enjoy life without the use of addictive substances.
- Basic living skills: Oftentimes, basic life skills take a backseat when teens are abusing drugs or alcohol. While in our care, teens will gain the necessary skills for a successful future including money management, career competence, responsibility at home and more.
It is possible for your teenager to move forward and put their benzo abuse in the past. You are not alone on this journey. Our family therapists will provide you with support and guidance during this turbulent time.
The earlier an individual receives help, the less likely they are to develop a benzo addiction. Call Teen Treatment Center today to learn how we can help your teen get back on the right path: (844) 319-5239. Our admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
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