Benzodiazepines are a family of depressive medications that are most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders. There are many medications in this family; some of the most common include Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin. Benzodiazepines, also called benzos, are depressant-type medications. This does not mean that these medications cause depression. Rather, they depress, or reduce the activity of, the central nervous system, which includes the brain. The end result is that these medications cause feelings of relaxation, which are helpful for individuals who are struggling with anxiety disorders but can be intensified and powerfully addictive if misused.
Benzodiazepine use disorder is a serious and life-threatening condition, but at Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, we have decades of experience helping individuals overcome addictions to these powerful drugs. With the help of our caring, experienced staff in our compassionate treatment programs, individuals who are struggling with an addiction to benzos can find the help they need to live the recovered lives they deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one is struggling with benzo abuse, it is easy to feel helpless and believe that there is little you can do to be of assistance. However, there are actually a number of ways you can help, such as those listed below:
- Research benzos and learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of intoxication and overdose. Also, develop a plan for what to do and how to help your loved one in these situations.
- Learn about treatments that have been successful for other individuals who have struggled with benzo abuse, and find a few treatment centers that provide those treatments and might be a good fit for your loved one. Make a short list of these centers to present to your loved one once he or she decides to enter treatment.
- Talk with your loved one. Share your feelings and concerns openly, but do so gently and without judgment. Invite your loved one to respond, and genuinely listen to what he or she has to say. Although these conversations may become emotionally charged, it is important that they do not turn into arguments.
- Enlist the support of close family and friends. You are likely not the only person concerned about your loved one, so bring other trusted people into your inner circle.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, help him or her with any logistical issues that might arise. Common logistical issues include completing insurance paperwork, setting up appointments with treatment center staff members, and arranging transportation.
- During your loved one’s stay in treatment, remain an active and visible source of support. Also, participate in any family sessions that your loved one’s treatment center might offer.
- Take care of yourself. It will be much more difficult to help your loved one if you are physically, psychologically, and emotionally drained.
Why Consider Treatment at Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab
Although safe to use when taken as prescribed, benzos can be as harmful as any illicit drug if they are abused. Individuals who abuse benzos are at risk for serious negative outcomes in virtually every area of their lives. Many people struggle to maintain work performance while abusing benzos, and so they may risk being fired and struggling with long-term unemployment and financial ruin. Abuse of these drugs also often causes strain in relationships and may result in separation, divorce, loss of child custody, lost friendships, and social isolation. In addition, these drugs can severely harm individuals physiologically, causing organ damage, cognitive impairment, and placing them at a continual risk of overdose. Finally, individuals who are unable to overcome their dependence on these drugs, and especially individuals who are struggling with other co-occurring mental illnesses, may resort to self-harm or suicide. Fortunately, with proper care, benzodiazepine abuse does not have to take over an individual’s life. At Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, effective treatments are available that can help individuals conquer benzodiazepine use disorder once and for all.
Types of Treatment Offered at Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab
Situated on 23 acres of tranquil, picturesque land in Calistoga, California, Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab is a pioneering provider of top notch addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older who wish to reclaim their lives from substance abuse and chemical dependency. With a mission to break through the ties that can bind a person to a substance or substances, we offer invaluable education, compassion, and the skills needed achieve and maintain sobriety. Duffy’s is truly where the destructive path of addiction can come to an end.
Grounded in the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, the treatment offered at this center makes for a transformative experience that can improve upon the lives of all who come for care. Trained, experienced, and dedicated staff members, many of whom have worked at our center for several years, go above and beyond to ensure that guests’ recovery journeys are both life-changing and meaningful. Upon completion of our streamlined admissions process, individualized treatment plans are created by these staff members so as to address and treat the concerns our guests come to us with. Within these plans, the following proven-effective and evidenced-based methods of care may be included as part of a man or woman’s experience at Duffy’s:
Medication management: If a guest is requiring medication in order to manage the symptoms of a mental health condition while working on recovering from an addiction to benzodiazepines, we, at Duffy’s, are pleased to be able to facilitate meetings with a psychiatrist on an as-needed basis. Our staff assists guests in providing them access to their medications, and the dosages administered are monitored closely so as to ensure the safety of all guests who require pharmaceutical interventions while in our care.
Individual therapy: Each man and woman who chooses to recover at Duffy’s is assigned a primary care counselor for the duration of his or her treatment. These staff members facilitate individual therapy sessions two times each week so that guests are able to process their feelings, emotions, and experiences in a private setting with a qualified professional. We believe that it is beneficial for those who are grappling with an addiction to benzodiazepines to take part in individual therapy, as this method of care allows them to openly discuss their experiences in a setting that is extremely conducive to both healing and recovering.
Group therapy: So as to provide guests with optimal support, Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab is proud to offer several group therapy opportunities to guests who are battling addictions to benzodiazepines and other substances. Peer-led group therapy sessions occur four days per week and are driven by the topics that are personal and relevant to our guests’ recovery journeys. Additionally, our staff conducts group therapy sessions once per day, which include a check-in and cover the following addiction- and recovery-related topics:
- Relapse prevention
- Powerless and unmanageability
Experiential therapy: Typically occurring during staff-led group therapy sessions, Duffy’s supplies various experiential therapy sessions during a guest’s time with us. These sessions enable men and women to reconnect with themselves, and allow them to experience healing on a profoundly deeper level. The following experiential therapies are those that a guest can participate in while working to overcome an addiction to benzodiazepines:
- Trust-building exercises, including surrender falls
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Art therapy
- Trust the Process
- Music and recovery
- Crossing the Line
Family therapy: Because Duffy’s is committed to helping both guests and their loved ones when a benzodiazepine addiction is affecting their lives, the programming we offer includes family therapy sessions. Occurring weekly, these sessions help those we treat and those closest to them heal from the pain addiction has caused and become a united front against further substance abuse. Additionally, we also offer educational groups on the weekends that are led by our staff and provide guests’ loved ones with the information and support they require at this stage in their love one’s recovery. Lastly, we afford each guest with the opportunity to request a private family session with his or her primary care counselor near the end of his or her time with us so as to prepare for what lies ahead after leaving Duffy’s.
Depending on the guest’s needs, we can customize a plan of treatment that befits what the individual is needing during his or her recovery journey. We work side-by-side with the men and women who come to Duffy’s, and we will do all that we can to ensure that each person entrusted into our care is receiving only the most appropriate methods of treatment. Because of this, the inclusion and frequency of the above interventions within a guest’s treatment plan will rely on where the individual is at in his or her recovery.
Nearing the end of a guest’s time at our center, our staff will collaborate with each person to determine the most appropriate follow-up services that will allow him or her to remain on the path of recovery for the long-term. Additionally, for those who receive care at Duffy’s for a minimum of 21 days, three months of continuing care services will be offered, which include therapy sessions with addiction specialists, drug screenings, and 12-Step process groups via Full Circle Recovery. We supply this offering as a means of upholding our commitment to helping those we treat achieve both their treatment goals and the sober lives that they are capable of living.
In choosing Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, you or your loved one will become part of our family. Regardless if you complete our Relapse Restart, Foundational, or Extensive Relapse Prevention Program, you or someone you care about will be treated with the dignity and respect that is deserving of all people, and will receive the care needed to win the war against an addiction to benzodiazepines. We ask that you do not let yet another day go by under the control of benzodiazepines and, instead, call us today. We are here to help you or an important person in your life achieve to the highest potential.