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At Compass Detox, benzo addiction is a monster that we help clients fight often. Benzo detox and addiction treatment can be full of pitfalls, but here at Compass, you will begin with a firm foundation of medical and therapeutic treatments that will allow you to get through withdrawals and get on to recovery quickly.
The withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines can be physically and emotionally painful, and can even be life-threatening if you try to stop “cold turkey.” If you have a history of taking higher doses or taking benzos for a prolonged time, your withdrawal symptoms will be more intense.
Benzo withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone and often come and go. They may vary in severity and frequency throughout all phases of the withdrawal process.
The most common benzo withdrawal symptoms, often called “rebound” symptoms, usually happen within one to four days of discontinuing use, depending on the benzo used, the amount of use, and the frequency of use. These symptoms typically last up to ten days and include:
-Sleep disturbances -Increased tension -Anxiety -Panic attacks -Difficulty concentrating -Excessive sweating
-Heart palpitations -Headache -Muscular stiffness or discomfort -Mild to moderate changes in perception -Cravings -Hand tremors
Rebound Anxiety and Insomnia
Benzos are mainly prescribed to treat mental health conditions including generalized anxiety disorder and insomnia. Sometimes, when you stop taking these medications you will experience increased anxiety or restlessness. This is called the rebound effect.
Rebound effects from benzo withdrawal, such as anxiety or insomnia, typically last 2 to 3 days. The difference between rebound effects and withdrawal is that rebound effects are the return of previous symptoms that were in existence before benzo use began, while withdrawal symptoms are caused by the body struggling to adapt to the end of benzo use.
Duration of Withdrawal
Benzos’ half-lives (the time it takes for the amount of the drug in your body to reduce by half) vary by brand. Withdrawal symptoms from shorter-acting benzos begin sooner than those from longer-acting ones because it takes a shorter amount of time for the drug to leave the user’s system.
The first signs of withdrawal usually start within 6 to 8 hours for shorter-acting benzos and 24 to 48 hours for longer-acting benzos.
Short-acting benzos are notable because of the intense and serious withdrawal symptoms people experience when they quit taking them. Long-acting benzos cause less intense withdrawal symptoms, and it takes longer for symptoms to start.
Examples of shorter-acting benzos are Xanax, Dormonct, and Halcion. Longer-acting benzos include Valium, Klonopin, and Librium.
Taking benzos more frequently, in higher doses, in more potent forms, and/or for a prolonged time, all increase the duration of withdrawal. In cases of mild addictions, it may take as little as seven days to overcome withdrawal symptoms. Other cases can take up to three months as the user is slowly weaned off the drug to prevent life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
It is this unpredictability that makes benzodiazepine detoxification so volatile. At Compass, our highly skilled medical team is well versed in tackling any issue that may arise during any form of withdrawal, ensuring that withdrawal from benzos will be smooth and successful. From there, our therapeutic team will work closely with our medical team to get you on the path to sobriety and ensure that you have the tools to stay on that path after discharge.