like Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin are commonly prescribed across the US. People take benzos every day for insomnia, seizures, and anxiety disorders. Because benzos treat so many symptoms, they’re common. Unfortunately, they are also addictive. Prescribed for short-term use, taking benzos for more than a few weeks at a time can alter brain chemistry and lead to addiction. La Fuente Hollywood’s substance abuse treatment programs can help.
Are you or someone you know in the LGBTQ community struggling with benzos? Call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center to start benzo addiction treatment today. Our LGBTQ benzo rehab centers pairs cutting-edge medical detox with comprehensive community-minded therapy. Learn more about our Hollywood CA rehab centers today at 888.903.9898.
What Do Benzos Do to the Body?
Benzos are a synthetic drug that calms the nervous system. They flood the brain with GABA, the naturally occurring chemical that makes us feel relaxed. GABA also promotes sleep. Along with GABA, benzos release dopamine, the chemical that causes pleasure and joy. These chemical rushes supply the brain with higher levels of GABA and dopamine than the brain alone. Over time, this causes the brain to stop producing GABA and dopamine on its own. When this happens, users experience withdrawal.
Because benzos have beneficial short-term effects, they are popular. Many, however, might continue taking benzos or start taking them to self-soothe and manage emotional pain. Their calming effect can help insomnia and anxiety and dampen stress and psychological pain. For short-term use, benzos are a kind of band-aid. When a person stops taking benzos, they will probably experience a return of their original symptoms. Insomnia and anxiety can return and worse. That’s why it’s important to detox with professional psychiatric and medical support at a clinic like La Fuente Hollywood.
Effects of Benzos
When taken for an extended period of time, benzos can change a person’s brain and the way they see the world. This includes:
- Difficulty speaking or understanding language
- Trouble following conversations
- Memory loss
- Trouble understanding objects
These symptoms can be scary for a person detoxing from benzos and the people around them. During this period, someone can be a danger to themselves or others. They may also have trouble asking for help.
Benzo Addiction Treatment at La Fuente Hollywood
Benzo addiction, unfortunately, is common. The LGBTQ community is disproportionately affected by prescription drug abuse and addiction. It can be challenging for community members to find safe, inclusive, affordable programs. La Fuente is here to help.
Our Hollywood CA clinic serves both local and nonlocal members of the LGBTQ community. We offer residential and outpatient benzo rehab options. Our Partial Hospitalization programs require daily 6 hour visits to our clinic for those who need extra support. Our Intensive outpatient program provides more flexibility with 3 hours a day. Residents at La Fuente enjoy our intimate home-like clinic as they undergo medically assisted benzo detox and recovery.
We believe the community is at the heart of addiction recovery. With over a decade at the forefront of LGBTQ addiction recovery, we pair traditional and alternative therapies with detox. Our dual diagnosis programs help clients uncover undiagnosed mood disorders and develop tools for addiction triggers. Studies show that half of the people living with addiction also have co-occurring disorders like depression or anxiety. La Fuente believes in comprehensive, holistic treatment for benzo addiction and other prescription drugs.
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If you’re ready to begin benzo rehab or want to know more about La Fuente’s programs, reach us today at 888.903.9898 to speak with our staff.