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What You Need to Know About Benzodiazepine Detox

Withdrawing from any drug is a challenging process requiring medical support and personal determination. Detoxing from benzodiazepines, also called benzos, is uniquely challenging because users have often been prescribed them for legitimate mental health problems like PTSD or anxiety. But withdrawal symptoms affect people who are using benzos as a prescription drug just as severely as those who are abusing them recreationally. Benzodiazepine detox requires special attention to ensure the physical, emotional, and mental health of the patient.

At Nova Vitae Treatment Center, we take every step to ensure your dignity and comfort throughout the withdrawal process. Our Los Angeles detox facility is equipped with everything you need to get over addiction to benzodiazepines in an environment that feels just like home. We offer medical detox and social model detox.


Why You Need to Detox From Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines interact with the serotonin, dopamine, and GABA receptors in the brain. Their chemicals take the place of the body’s natural neurotransmitters, so the body starts producing less. When users stop taking benzos, the body abruptly finds itself without enough of these crucial neurotransmitters, and must relearn how to produce them in natural quantities. The resulting withdrawal can be extremely difficult and dangerous.

Up to 20% of patients going through benzodiazepine withdrawal will suffer grand mal seizures, which include a temporary loss of consciousness and uncontrollable muscle spasms over the entire body. This necessitates a medical detox, where patients are under constant medical supervision to manage their symptoms and ensure they don’t hurt themselves.

Though the risks of benzodiazepine withdrawal are high, the medical team at Nova Vitae will do their best to manage your symptoms, reduce your recovery time, and keep you as comfortable as possible.

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    Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Timeline

    While benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms will change depending on the patient’s duration and volume of abuse, plus their medical history, it usually follows a specific timeline:

    • Symptoms begin within 6-12 hours for short-acting benzos and 4-5 days for long-acting benzos. These include anxiety, cravings, and insomnia.
    • Symptoms peak after 1-5 days for short-acting benzos and up to several weeks for long-acting benzos. With symptoms including profuse sweating, anxiety, nausea, panic, and headaches, this process can be very difficult. Patients also begin to experience mood swings and irritability, and are at risk of hallucinations, seizures, and psychosis. Constant medical supervision is crucial during this stage.
    • Most withdrawal symptoms will plateau and then subside within 5-15 days for short-acting benzos and 3-4 weeks for long-acting benzos.
    • Some patients are at risk of rebound or post-acute withdrawal syndrome, especially when benzodiazepines have been prescribed to treat PTSD or anxiety.

    Benzodiazepine Detox at Nova Vitae

    Our comprehensive detox facility offers everything you need to recover from benzodiazepine addiction in safety and comfort. With 24/7 monitoring by our team of professional nurses, a doctor on staff, and a comfortable for both social model detox and medical detox, you can pass through the withdrawal phrase and into recovery as soon as possible.


    Tapering off usage of benzodiazepines is typically the first step of withdrawal because it is the best way to keep withdrawal symptoms manageable. Under this method, you will gradually reduce the dose over 2-10 weeks or switch to a lighter drug to reduce the risk of complications and seizures.

    Medical Monitoring

    Benzo detox can be dangerous and patients should be monitored at all times. If in medical detox, medications such as Flumazenil or Buspirone may be used to manage symptoms.

    Counseling and Therapy

    Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be emotionally difficult. Many patients suffer from rebound anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma flashbacks. We offer full support from licensed therapists and counselors as well as ongoing medical support.

    Recovering from benzodiazepine abuse is a long journey. Most patients must overcome strong psychological and emotional responses to the drug, as well as PTSD and rebound anxiety. To recover successfully, you need moral support from family and friends, behavioral therapy, and expert supervision from a medical team to manage symptoms.

    Nova Vitae is here for you or your loved one. We have everything you need to recover in comfort and safety. Contact us today for a free and comprehensive consultation so we can help you get back to living a healthy life free of addiction.

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    Treatment Programs

    10 Week program

    “Inpatient” then means that the patient needs to be admitted to an addiction treatment center for therapy and detox, typically because he/she needs to be closely monitored.

    8 Week program

    Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are treatment programs used to address addictions, depression, eating disorders, or other dependencies that do not require detoxification or round-the-clock supervision.

    6 Week program

    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which is effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can help some people to sustain recovery.

    8 Week program

    Outpatient rehab is a form of alcohol or drug rehabilitation that allows patients to live at home (or in another safe and therapeutic environment, such as sober living)

    6 Week program

    Partial hospitalization provides a structured program of outpatient psychiatric services as an alternative to inpatient psychiatric care.

    8 Week program

    Sober living houses (SLHs) are alcohol and drug free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs

    6 Week program

    A men’s rehab program is dedicated to helping men overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

    8 Week program

    Through gender-specific treatment, Redemption Addiction Treatment Center helps address key issues and obstacles that women face in their early recovery.

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    Our rehabilition services

    Alcohol addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder associated with compulsive alcohol drinking.

    Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior.

    Some people are apprehensive to quit drinking due to withdrawal symptoms, but alcohol detox is the first step in treating alcoholism.

    A dual diagnosis treatment center helps people get treatment for mental illness and an addiction at the same time.

    Home Detox Services for those who would prefer to avoid treatment in a hospital or clinic.

    Mental health programs should include case management, rehabilitation, housing programs, and other support services.

    Our Clients Say About Benzodiazepine Detox

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    05:22 25 Oct 23
    Best detox I’ve received. Almost no withdrawals. Finally back to reality.
    Melissa PerezMelissa Perez
    21:49 16 Oct 23
    For the first time my brother completed a program and is now clean!!
    Steven WeisenbergSteven Weisenberg
    08:20 01 Oct 23
    Thank you for saving my brothers life. We had lost all hope after so many attempts to help him. He is now employed and back to being a loving father and husband. Our family will forever be grateful for the motivation you gave him to change his life around. I will recommend you guys to anyone who needs help. God bless you all!
    andrew albarianandrew albarian
    06:03 01 May 22
    Debbie HallesDebbie Halles
    21:56 14 Aug 20
    Nova Vitae saved my life. I have been clean and sober for five months. I took part in inpatient detox at one of their beautiful homes. I continue to participate in outpatient treatment and never, ever have I had a more wonderful experience (above all the others I have tried). Allen and Anna are Godsends to me and others trapped in the beast of addiction. Every Nova staff member I have encountered at Nova has been excellent and they deeply care about their patients’ recovery. They have provided endless support, resources, guidance, and love to get me to where I am today. I am strong and confident in sobriety, which I never thought was possible for me. If you’re ready to get sober, this is the place - Nova VitaeI Pick up that heavy phone and make the call; they will be there for you all the way! From a grateful sober woman and Nova patient, Debbie H.
    Vesper AnghaVesper Angha
    18:59 13 Aug 20
    This center is one of the most amazing I’ve been to, ( and yes I’ve been to MANY) the program director Allen is so easy to get along with and even easier to trust, which is something that is very difficult for me. They stuck by me even when I tried to pull away and fight back and they believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself. I would recommend this center over any other center I’ve been too- and that’s a big deal because I DONT write reviews but I felt like this place deserved to be recognized.
    Jordan HodgesJordan Hodges
    19:38 01 Sep 19
    I’ve been in and out of rehab from the age of 16 I was a heroin addict. I thought nothing could help me and no one could save me from this addiction. I was at a point where I just wanted to end my life. On my 22nd birthday I woke up dope sick and just needed some suboxene to get well my mom looked up suboxene clinics and randomly found Nova Vitae it was a weekend nothing else was open. They had me come right in. Checked me out and I met Allen and Anna the owners here. Allen talked to me and everything he said was relatable and for once I felt like I had hope just talking with him, how he was just like me and figured out a way to get sober. They gave me suboxene and told me to come in the following Monday for more but his words and talking with Anna made me realize I wanted to change I told them I’m not gonna make it till Monday I’m gonna use again and the cycle will keep going. They said we have an inpatient and I was reluctant at first but new that I was ready to get sober and over feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. So they took me right to there inpatient. Without even calling my insurance and they didn’t even get a hold of them for a week but Ana and Allen just care about the patients it’s not about money with them like other places. They scholarshipped me for this place. And it was the first place since I was 16 that I’ve stayed the longest in, that I’ve gotten so much out of this program. I’m still sober today and owe it all to them and this place. Nova Vitae means New Life and that’s what I got out of this program was a new life. Right when I was about to give up I randomly found this treatment place and god had a plan for me and it saved my life. I wish I could send all my friends here and people that are still in addiction because I’ve been to probably every rehab in California and even multiple out of state and nothing worked but Nova Vitae!!!! Thank you so much!!!
    Hi FreevlyHi Freevly
    23:26 07 Jan 19
    My brother was struggling with opioid addiction. Our family is forever grateful to Nova Vitae. They helped to literally turned his life around. He’s now over a year completely sober and volunteering to help others suffering from addiction. I highly recommend that if you have a loved one who’s going through this you take immediate action.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Benzodiazepine Detox

    Depending on several factors including physical health, drug of choice, history of use, and other evaluations,… the shortest detoxification program is 3 days. On average, most patients will complete detox in a very short 5-7 days.

    No, our treatments can be completed at our office and at your home, making it easy to adjust around family and work schedules, and to custom tailor a program that meets your needs.

    Yes we do. Your intake coordination will include obtaining your insurance information and verifying eligibility and coverage benefits.

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