What You Should Know About Benzodiazepine Detox

Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers most often prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders. The most heavily prescribed benzodiazepines include Valium, Ativan, and Ambien. Though frequently prescribed by physicians, these are highly addictive drugs with a range of serious withdrawal symptoms. Medical detox is a crucial process in your recovery from addiction to benzodiazepines. Withdrawal presents a wide variety of possible symptoms including:

  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Panic Attacks
  • Acute Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Monophobia (fear of being alone)
  • Sensory Hypersensitivity
  • Digestive Problems
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Irregular Bodily Sensations (such as pins and needles, deep burning, patches of numbness, etc.)
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Balance Issues
  • Weakened Immune System

Because these symptoms are so diverse and can vary greatly from patient to patient, it is crucial to provide highly personalized care for each patient. To remove the benzodiazepine toxins from the body, we often incorporate gradual dose reduction with a combination of psychological interventions like relaxation training and insomnia treatment. For muscle-related symptoms, hot baths, massage, and various relaxation exercises have proven effective. Heart-related symptoms such as heart palpitations or a rapid pulse are typically not dangerous, and can easily be treated with the same type of simple relaxation exercises prescribed for panic attacks. Any digestive problems or complications that may arise from a weakened immune system will be addressed and treated to ensure safety.