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Benzos Abuse & Addiction Treatment Center
Used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and a variety of other medical conditions, benzodiazepines, also referred to simply as benzos, are very effective when taken directly as prescribed, but when abused can quickly lead to an addiction. Classified as tranquilizers or sedatives, benzos rapidly reduce symptoms of anxiety and produce a sense of relaxation that appeals to many individuals. While many people may believe that benzodiazepines are safer to abuse than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a physician, the reality is that benzo abuse can result in serious illness or death, especially when taken with other drugs and/or alcohol.
At Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, we are aware how difficult it can be to take the first step toward a life of sobriety and dedicate oneself to a treatment recovery program. For this reason, among many others, we have developed specialized programming that strives to make the process one that is as comfortable as possible. By engaging in our comprehensive addiction treatment program, individuals who are struggling with an addiction to benzodiazepines can develop the skills needed to prepare for a lifetime of recovery without relying of prescription medications or any other substances. We can help you achieve the sobriety and happiness you desire.
Get confidential help now: 855.396.1913 or EMAIL US.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Upon discovering that a loved one has been abusing benzodiazepines you may find yourself facing a number of emotions and look to the answer for a multitude of questions. Not only may you be wondering what led your loved one to start abusing benzos, but you are also most likely concerned for their overall wellbeing. With all of the negative consequences occurring in your loved ones’ life, you know that they need some form of treatment to stop the benzo abuse, but you may be unsure of the steps to take. Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful:
Take the time to educate yourself about benzodiazepines, including the symptoms of abuse and withdrawal, as well as possible treatment options for your loved one. By doing this you will be able to more accurately identify the symptoms of benzo abuse and be able to help your loved one find the treatment he or she needs.
As you are learning about benzo abuse and the different types of treatment, research some specific treatment programs in your area that you can give to your loved one when you are ready to talk to him or her about seeking professional help.
Find an appropriate time and approach your loved one with your concerns about their benzo abuse. Together you can determine which program will best work for your loved one’s unique needs.
Once your loved one has started the treatment process, continue to be an active part of his or her therapeutic process. The more involved loved ones are, the more successful treatment outcomes are likely to be. Additionally, continue to ensure your loved one that you will be there to support him or her throughout the entire treatment process.
Why Consider Treatment at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation
Despite the fact that many individuals find benzos extremely beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of an anxiety disorder or additional medical condition, benzodiazepine abuse can lead to both physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal symptoms when the use of these drugs ceases. In the long run, if benzodiazepine abuse continues it can lead to a whole host of long-term effects that disrupt a person’s entire life. As an individual’s addiction to benzos begins to take center stage of his or her life, most often he or she will begin to neglect all of his or her daily responsibilities and place all focus on obtaining and using this drug. This could result in declined occupational performance, lack of participation in family gatherings or other social activities, and the inability to keep up with daily demands in general. In addition to these ramifications, an individual may begin to experience a number of adverse mental health and physical health problems.
If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Types of Treatment Offered at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation is pleased to offer state of the art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the integration of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the care offered at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced. Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Kansas Drug Rehabilitation includes Desert Flower Hospital, a 15-bed psychiatric hospital, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Patients who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s residential care. When patients present to Kansas Drug Rehabilitation with benzos in their systems, the first step in their treatment may be to undergo the medical detox services offered at Desert Flower Hospital so that their bodies can become rid of the toxic substance. This period of detoxification is monitored by medical personnel in order to ensure that individuals remain safe and as comfortable as possible during the process. Patients will also engage in a number of therapeutic interventions during their time in Desert Flower. Following detox and completion of programming at our hospital, patients will then engage in comprehensive treatment at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of benzodiazepines, is delivered through Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this program are designed to elicit the most favorable outcomes for all patients. Our reputation as a leading drug addiction rehabilitation treatment center stems from our clinical excellence and the compassionate care that we afford to everyone who seeks our services. Our holistic approach to treatment respects the dignity of each individual while offering a therapeutic environment that is fully conducive to healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment focuses on addressing each patient’s presenting problems, as well as underlying issues that exacerbate his or her struggles. It is our belief that, as patients gain new communication skills and learn to build healthy relationships, they can make sound decisions for a healthy quality of life and form deeper connections with others.
Using a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to care, patients engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder program can partake in the following treatment methods, which are outlined in each patient’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: When individuals are struggling with the presence of a co-occurring disorder in addition to their addiction to benzos, the implementation of psychotropic medications may be incorporated into their overall plan of care. The need for such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist or qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists offer individual therapy sessions with patients several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All patients are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each patient’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the patient is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that patients are admitted into the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program, they are assigned to a small group of peers, all of whom are engaged in the same program. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
Grief and loss
Shame and Resilience
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of patients, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation includes the Four Day Family program for family members and other close identified loved ones of patients. This program typically occurs during a patient’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a patient’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program: In order to help patients build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their benzodiazepine abuse problem, this program offers patients a myriad of therapeutic activities, which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A patient’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
Additional services: In order to fully care for the needs of those who are working through an addiction to benzos and any co-occurring conditions, Kansas Drug Rehabilitation is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) SE (Somatic Experiencing) therapies are offered when deemed necessary based upon an assessment conducted by a psychiatrist
Furthermore, patients engaged in the care delivered through the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will be provided with educational lectures and will participate in 12-step meetings. Each day will end on a positive note by allowing patients to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a patient require stabilization services while engaged in Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s residential programming, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Hospital before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each patient’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Kansas Drug Rehabilitation’s method for providing all-encompassing care for every patient who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a patient engages in services to treat a benzo addiction and co-occurring concerns at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower Hospital meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential programming at Kansas Drug Rehabilitation meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, patients exiting the residential programming, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This program includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this program contacts patients 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former patients can take part in the Alumni Relations affiliated with Kansas Drug Rehabilitation. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than Kansas Drug Rehabilitation. The life you have envisioned can begin here.
Get confidential help now: 855.396.1913 or EMAIL US.