Benzodiazepine detox is a medical intervention that helps a client to safely withdrawal after the cessation of benzodiazepine use. Clients who are living with chronic benzodiazepine abuse should considering beginning their treatment with a benzodiazepine detox as part of a comprehensive benzodiazepine treatment program.
Benzodiazepine Detox Withdrawal
Benzodiazepine drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium can cause withdrawal symptoms similar to that of alcohol. Without medically supervised detox, patients in benzodiazepine detox withdrawal are at advanced risk of seizure. At Hill Country Detox, we combine medical taper protocols in conjunction with seizure prophylaxis medications to reduce this risk, and allow you to safety and comfortably discontinue benzodiazepine use.
Benzodiazepine Detox Withdrawal Duration
Benzodiazepine withdrawal timeline for benzodiazepine is different for every user. The following table is just a guideline, as most people have to taper down their benzodiazepine use over several weeks.
|First 6-8 hrs.||The first signs of withdrawal, typically anxiety and insomnia, may emerge within several hours after stopping use. This depends on how long it takes for the substance to leave the system. Withdrawal symptoms usually appear in 6-8 hours for those taking short-acting benzos.|
|Days 1-4||Rebound anxiety and insomnia peak after a couple of days. During this time, intense discomfort from insomnia and increased anxiety are common. Other symptoms that peak during this time are increased heart and breathing rate, sweating, and nausea. People who used longer-acting benzodiazepines start feeling the first signs of withdrawal during this time.|
|Days 10-14||The symptoms of withdrawal typically continue for at least 10-14 days before fading away completely. The withdrawal symptoms tied to longer-acting benzos begin to peak during this time, eventually fading within 3-4 weeks from the quit date.|
|Days 15+||People who are heavily dependent on benzodiazepines may experience protracted withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). These are random periods of sharp withdrawal symptoms months after quitting. Tapering down benzo use with the help of a doctor can prevent PAWS.|
Common Types of Benzodiazepine Detox
- Xanax Detox
- Klonopin Detox
- Valium Detox
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