Benzodiazepines are one of the most commonly prescribed drugs with sedative, hypnotic, anticonvulsant and anxiolytic effects. They reduce the activity of neurons by a pronounced sedative effect.
Indications for their use are:
- Sleep disorders
- Panic attacks
- Increased anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Epileptic seizures
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Some of the drugs of this group are tranquilizers, which chronic administration can cause both physical and psychological addiction.
Approximately 20% of people develop addiction after completing a course of these drugs.
A feature of benzodiazepine-induced disorder is that they are taken as a prescription rather than narcotic drug but still cause addiction. A certain percentage of people start taking these drugs out of curiosity (often in combination with narcotic drugs) or as a result of compulsive disorder.
Signs and symptoms
Treatment of benzodiazepine addiction in Kyiv becomes relevant when the psychoactive substances begin to cause mood swings, affect human behavior and perception of the surrounding reality.
Here are some of addictive prescription drugs:
- alprazolam (Xanax)
- lorazepam (Ativan)
- diazepam (Valium)
- clonazepam (Klonopin)
- temazepam (Restoril), etc.
They increase levels of the “happy hormone”, dopamine, but the longer a person takes benzodiazepines, the less effective they are. Already after 3-4 weeks, the body develops a tolerance to drugs due to partially damaged brain receptors. Therefore, in order to achieve the expected feeling of happiness, safety and peace, the patient begins to increase the dose, which only exacerbates the problem.
Signs of the addiction:
- Mumbled speech
- Impaired coordination
- Loss of appetite
- Problems with concentration
- Visual impairment
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Depressive state
Treatment of benzodiazepine addiction in Kyiv should be started as soon as possible and only under the professional medical supervision since the patients themselves often don’t want to admit their addiction and cannot independently and correctly refuse to take medications.
Withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepines and medications
As the drugs cause strong physical addiction, their abrupt withdrawal will do great harm and cause two types of syndromes – withdrawal symptoms (“withdrawal”) and/or “ricochet”. The latter causes symptoms, which treatment the drugs have been prescribed for.
By half-life, benzodiazepines are classified as follows:
- Short-term – up to 12 hours
- Medium-term – up to 40 hours
- Long-term – up to 250 hours
The shorter the period, the faster the withdrawal symptoms appear. Drugs with a medium half-life are most often addictive.
Withdrawal of benzodiazepines causes:
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Mood swings
- Debilitating nausea
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal behavior
Benzodiazepine detoxification in Kyiv at MedicoMente will quickly and gently start the process of getting rid of drug addiction.
Treatment of benzodiazepine addiction is based on identifying the characteristics of drug use by each patient and developing an individual treatment regimen. This is an integrated approach that combines medication and psychotherapeutic methods.
The only effective treatment for benzodiazepine withdrawal and addiction is a gradual dose tapering. Since even with this approach, withdrawal symptoms may appear, treatment should be provided in a hospital setting under the professional medical supervision. After a gradual reduction in the dose, special drugs are used that completely remove benzodiazepines and cleanse the body. Psychological support also plays an important role, helping to reduce the level of anxiety, cope with panic attacks, overcome depression, find and resolve the reason for which benzodiazepine intake and addiction began.
The experts of MedicoMente in Kyiv use modern, licensed, and proven methods of treating addiction to psychoactive substances.
- Diagnostics – laboratory and imaging tests, mental state assessment
- Painless detoxification through the infusions and the use of psychostabilizers to relieve the withdrawal symptoms and cleanse the body of the half-life products of benzodiazepines
- Psychotherapeutic and instrumental methods of treatment
- Assessment of results
Accommodation conditions at MedicoMente
Treatment at the clinic is provided on a voluntary basis. From the first day of stay at MedicoMente, the patient is wrapped with care of doctors and medical personnel.
- Comfortable, cozy hotel-type rooms
- Guarded territory of the clinic
- Accessible environment for disabled people
- Recreation areas
- Visits by relatives (agreed in advance with the doctor)
- VIP service
- Painless detoxification
- Effective treatment of addiction and related diseases
- Instrumental treatment methods
- Psychotherapeutic support
- Complete care and recovery of the body
- Remote patient support after treatment
Benzodiazepine addiction and treatment in Kyiv
The price for treatment at MedicoMente depends on the results of the diagnosis and the adopted treatment plan. All patients and their relatives are provided with a free consultation, during which the doctor informs about the conducted tests and studies, discusses a treatment plan, and offers accommodation options in the clinic.
Making an appointment is quite simple:
- by phone +38-095 -550-85-25
- by E-mail: email@example.com
- fill in the form at https://medicomente.com/kontakty/
If necessary, we provide transfer from Kyiv airports and train stations.
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