Like most drug addictions, the best way to detox from sedative-hypnotics is through supervised and professional medical guidance. Sedative-hypnotics are an increasingly popular form of substance abuse in the United States. Drugs we treat include Benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan, and we also deal with other prescription drugs in this category, like Sonata and Serax.
The detox process can be problematic if attempted alone. At Brazos Recovery Services, we have vast experience in helping clients through their detox journey. Every client’s story is different; we know how challenging detoxing can be. We understand this, and our professional medical team creates tailored detox plans for all our clients. Your comfort while with us is paramount. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we are here to help you get there.
Managing Sedative-Hypnotic Withdrawal Symptoms
How you manage your withdrawal symptoms is usually what defines your detox plan. Early symptoms like shaking, anxiety and sweating, if not treated, can intensify, and in some cases cause death and managing these withdrawal symptoms can be frightening. Our round-the-clock support team is dedicated to ensuring you remain safe at all times. We also have a range of medications at our disposal, to help mitigate the trauma of withdrawal.
Sedative-Hypnotic Detox Medication
Medication is necessary for most withdrawal experiences. When detoxing from sedative-hypnotics, medication is prescribed to clients after a period of ‘tapering off.’ This is a steady process where we help clients adjust their body and mind safely. After assessing our clients, we make an informed decision about what medication would be best for that particular person. Like all our rehabilitation plans, this process is carried out with your well-being at the center of every decision.
Taking Other Drugs?
Many of our clients come to us addicted to, or using, multiple substances. This is known as polydrug use and is common across the United States. As with all our detox cases, we ask clients withdrawing from sedative-hypnotics, to be honest, and transparent regarding other drugs they may be abusing. Sharing this information with one of our addiction professionals means we can develop a unique and personal detox plan – designed for your individual circumstances.
Taking Prescription Medications?
Like polydrug use, we also ask clients to share information regarding prescribed medication. This is vital, as certain detox medications are ineffective, or in fact, detrimental to your health if taken alongside other types of medication. You can acquire a list of prescribed medications from your doctor or physician if you are unsure. Conflicting medications are rare, but honesty is the best policy for ensuring your safety at all times.
Common Sedative-Hypnotic Withdrawal Symptoms
The risks attached to both the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms of this particular drugs are severe if detoxing is done in isolation. It should instead take place in secure, supervised and compassionate surroundings. We are experienced in making the detox process as easy and problem-free as possible. Withdrawal symptoms are fearful, but we help combat this fear.
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms from Sedative-Hypnotics
The fear associated with physical withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming. With sedative-hypnotics, the early stages can be exhausting, with symptoms like excessive sweating, nausea and restlessness. These unpleasant effects are often the main reason why so many people cannot initiate the detox phase. This fear makes withdrawing from sedative-hypnotics without medical assistance practically impossible.
At Brazos Recovery Services, our team of professionals and our medical care ensures that the withdrawal phase is possible. By alleviating the physical strain of these symptoms, we make detoxing a far more bearable process.
Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms from Sedative Hypnotics
Abstaining from sedative-hypnotics can also have a significant psychological impact. Drug abuse affects the brain’s chemistry and disrupts its ability to operate. Removing this drug from your body forces your brain to adapt again, inflicting several psychological issues. For sedative-hypnotics, the most common are depression, anxiety and insomnia. These are all experienced in the early stages of detox.
As sedative-hypnotics are often taken to stabilize moods and aid sleep, removing them can take a long time to get used to. We understand how long this period of adjustment may take. We are committed to your recovery every step of the way – no matter how long this may be.
What is the Timeline to Detox from Sedative-Hypnotics?
Detoxing should never be rushed, especially in the case of sedative-hypnotics. The risk of injury or death is too high, so care must be taken throughout the entire process. Typically, your detox period will be completed between 7 to 14 days. From our experience with sedative-hypnotics, the most effective detoxes are those that take place over a longer time frame. The transition is always much smoother and gentler, and long-term recovery is far more likely.
As with all of our recovery procedures, detoxing is an early stage of an extended recovery period. How long you stay with us is determined by how long you have been taking sedative-hypnotics, and how well you respond to treatment. We appreciate the unique circumstances of every client and flexible treatment built around your personal journey is what we pride ourselves on.
Detoxing is one part of a much bigger picture. It’s a massive step for many people suffering from addiction and the changes introduced during this period are invaluable for the journey ahead. It’s important to remember, though, that this is a journey. Detox is just the start. In our experience, detox is only effective if followed by a prolonged period of further treatment. Those battling with sedative-hypnotics must accept that underlying issues cause their addiction, and detoxing alone does not do enough to remove it altogether.
What Happens After a Sedative-Hypnotic Detox?
The steps following detox are designed to put the normal back into our clients’ lives gradually. Our treatment facilities are certified recovery residences, designed to make you feel comfortable and welcome at all times. Our treatment offers an extended care program, with a core focus on therapeutic recovery. This may involve one-to-one therapy sessions, group therapy or other activities like spiritual discussions or meditation groups.
Our treatment provides on-site transitional living, and after a certain length of time, we reintroduce privileges like gym time or family visits. Detoxing is what allows this transitional period to take place. Those who choose not to continue with us after detoxing are potentially putting themselves and their loved ones at risk of potential relapse scenarios.
Sedative-Hypnotic Detox FAQ
Is a sedative-hypnotic detox safe?
Detoxing from sedative-hypnotics can be extremely dangerous. Like most withdrawal procedures, detoxing in a supervised and professional setting is the safest way to combat the risks of withdrawal symptoms.
What is the safest way to detox from sedative-hypnotics?
As with all detoxing, the safest way to avoid the risk of withdrawal symptoms is to detox in safe and secure recovery units, with the assistance of professional, medical help. At Brazos Recovery Services, we provide exactly that.
Can you avoid sedative-hypnotic withdrawal symptoms?
It’s unlikely that you will avoid all withdrawal symptoms. Accepting this, and allowing recovery units to help, is the difference between coping or struggling. Fear prevents many people from taking that first step. There is no need to be afraid of these symptoms, as we provide effective ways to deal with and mitigate them.