Benzodiazepines are well-known anti-anxiety agents that are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. These medications, obtained through a prescription from a licensed physician, act upon the benzodiazepine receptors located throughout the central nervous system of the body to lower anxiety levels, increase relaxation of the muscles, and produce sedation. Benzodiazepines generally produce their effects very quickly, which makes them ideal for people who are suffering from anxiety disorders as they can be taken when the anxiety peaks. While these medications are very helpful, when not used directly as prescribed they can lead to serious problems and addiction.
At Pacific Grove Hospital we know that when you are struggling with an addiction to benzodiazepines, the idea of getting sober can seem impossible. However, we want you to know that no matter how hopeless you feel, with the right treatment change is possible. Let the staff at Pacific Grove help you through the bumps and setbacks you may encounter along the recovery path. Together we can help you achieve the future that you want and deserve.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
It can be incredibly painful and heartbreaking to watch someone you love slowly slip away as their addiction takes over their life. While you may be at a loss for what you can do to help your loved one, often you have more of an influence than you realize. Here are a few tips that may be helpful for your loved one:
Educate yourself: Take the time to learn all there is to know about the disease of addiction. This will allow you to better understand about what your loved one is going through and what treatment may involve.
Intervene: Approach your loved one about their benzo addiction by telling them how concerned you are; that treatment may be a great way for them to get over their addiction.
Participate: If your loved one does decide to enter a recovery program, make sure you are there to support them throughout the entire process. If their treatment program offers family therapy, make sure that you attend those sessions so that you can learn how to best support your loved one.
Be realistic: Understand that the journey toward recovery is a long one and that your loved one may have some relapses along the way. Recognize that it is a process and continue to be supportive.
Get support for yourself: If you don’t take some time to step away from the situation and take care of your own needs then it is likely that you will burn out. Look into joining a support group such as N.A; they can help you deal with some of the emotions you are experiencing.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Pacific Grove Hospital
Many men and women who are struggling with an addiction to benzos find that the hardest step can be admitting they have a problem and deciding to make a change. Many individuals struggling with addiction may not be completely aware as to the extent of their problems, believing that they are still able to function normally. However, the truth of the matter is that when individuals abuse drugs, eventually the substances take over rational thinking and cause significant harm. Not only are they facing a number of negative health problems, but their relationships, work performance, and day-to-day living are affected.
When you feel lost and stuck in the cycle of addiction, a professional treatment center that offers an inpatient treatment program can be extremely helpful. Through a wide range of different treatment options, an inpatient program can help you regain control of your life. In order to successfully treat an addiction, both the addiction and the underlying issues that lead to the development of the addiction must be addressed. Through an intensive treatment program and the support of a dedicated staff, many people are able to break free from the grips of addiction and go on to lead happy, sober lives. Through an inpatient treatment program, even the most severe addictions can be conquered.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Pacific Grove Hospital is a behavioral healthcare facility dedicated to helping those ages 18 and older learn the tools necessary to make a successful recovery from benzo addiction. We empower our clients through education about the treatment process and encourage each person to take an active approach to their recovery. Pacific Grove aims to include family members in every step of the recovery journey as we understand the support of loved ones is critical for long-term success. Recovery from addiction isn’t a quick fix; it’s the result of hard work and dedication by all involved. Pacific Grove Hospital provides a path toward recovery for those who feel lost and aims to restore a sense of hope for the future.
Treatment Options Offered at Pacific Grove Hospital
When you come to Pacific Grove Hospital for the treatment of your benzodiazepine addiction, you will meet with our fully-trained clinicians who will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine which level of care best suits your needs. During the intake process, there will always be someone available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Once the assessment is complete, your treatment team will use the results to develop a treatment plan that will directly address all of your needs. Some of the treatment options at Pacific Grove include:
Detoxification: If you arrive at treatment physically dependent on benzos, you will engage in our detoxification process designed to safely and effectively remove all drugs from your body. While you are going through detox, you will be seen on a daily basis by doctors and psychiatrists who will monitor your progress. You will be fully engaged in the recovery process during detox.
Medication: Medication may be used to help lessen the unpleasantness of withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification process. Additionally, medication may be used to control the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety or depression. You will work closely with your treatment team to determine the proper doses and medication will be adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions are a great time to work with a therapist and get to the root cause for the development of your addiction to benzos. Our therapists often use a technique called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which allows you to determine the ways in which your negative thoughts can lead to negative behaviors. By correcting these negative thoughts you can change your behaviors and the ways you view the world.
Group therapy: Group sessions are one of the main types of therapy used at Pacific Grove. Groups are held many times each day and cover a broad range of topics such as stress management, relapse prevention, and coping with negative emotions. Through groups, you will have the opportunity to socialize and bond with others who are also dealing with addictions and other mental health concerns. Together you can support each other as you begin to heal.
Family therapy: Family involvement is crucial in the treatment of addiction as they can be part of your continued support and help you stay successful. Pacific Grove Hospital includes your loved ones in your care from the beginning of your stay so they can learn more about addiction, discover ways they can assist you during your recovery, and provide a loving support system for you.
As we focus upon healing the whole person, Pacific Grove Hospital is proud to provide experiential healing methods that complement traditional therapeutic approaches. These include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time with us draws to a close, we will begin to put the discharge plan – which was started the day you arrived – into place. This will ensure that you will have a laid-out plan when you leave our doors allowing for continuity of care. Our discharge planner will help you and your loved ones ensure that you have a stable home environment and gainful employment opportunities.
Many of our clients choose to step down from our inpatient therapy program to one of our intense outpatient programs: our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both programs offer continued therapy and care during the day while allowing you to gradually reintegrate back into your home life in the evening. Some of our clients have made enough progress that they are ready to discharge home with referrals to standard outpatient therapy and applicable community resources.