Treating Benzo Addiction
Unlike many other addictive substances, benzos are legal drugs that can be obtained with a doctor’s prescription from your local pharmacy. What starts as a common treatment for seizures, anxiety, or insomnia can turn into a physical and psychological dependence on benzos. How do you know if you’ve moved beyond normal use and into the realm of drug addiction?
Take the time to honestly answer a few probing questions. Have you been using benzos for a prolonged period of time (longer than 4 weeks)? Are you combining benzos with alcohol or other drugs? Have you found it difficult to stop using benzos? Has your addiction affected your home life, job, or relationships? Do friends and family express concern over your benzos dependence? Do you continue benzos use despite negative consequences?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to seek help in beginning your journey to recovery. Never attempt recovery from a benzos addiction alone. Withdrawal is extremely difficult and detox can be physically dangerous, so it is important to have the monitoring and support of professionals dedicated to your recovery.
The Owl’s Nest accepts residents into an intensive 28 day program even if they are high on benzos or other drugs, so you don’t have to do any of this alone. Residents in the intensive program have extensive support for the painful first days of withdrawal. If the staff at The Owl’s Nest sees you need medical help with detoxing, they will connect you with a detox program or take you to the hospital if you begin to exhibit dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
As you begin recovering from a benzo addiction, the Intensive Program at The Owl’s Nest will provide the support you need to begin applying the time tested recovery methods of the 12 step program. First introduced by Alcoholics Anonymous, this method has been proven to lead to successful recoveries from a wide variety of addictions, including addiction to benzos.
Residents of The Owl’s Nest participate in small group discussions, workshops, and one on one time with their sponsor, focusing their full energy and attention on recovery without any outside distractions. This allows residents to fully immerse themselves into learning and applying the material, increasing the likelihood of long term recovery.
If graduates of the Intensive Program desire ongoing support, they can enter into an extended program for four months. In this phase of recovery, residents secure employment and take on some financial accountability. However, they continue to focus largely on adjusting to a life of sobriety and the continued application of the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Owl’s Nest has a network of thousands of alumni who are living lives of sobriety. You will be connected to supporters who have been where you are today and will help you walk your own journey to healing and freedom. If you or someone you know is struggling with benzo abuse or addiction, please contact The Owl’s Nest today.