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Can Benzo Withdrawal Kill You?

by Will Long

July 10, 2023
benzos and other pills

Can benzo withdrawal kill you? It’s a pressing question that demands attention as the misuse and addiction to benzodiazepines, or benzos, become increasingly prevalent. The short answer is yes, it can. However, under professional supervision, the risks associated with benzo withdrawal can be effectively managed with medical detox, making recovery a safe and attainable goal.

What Are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines, commonly known as benzos, represent a class of psychoactive drugs used primarily to treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Insomnia

These depressants, like Valium and Xanax, slow the brain’s activity, thus inducing a calming and sedative effect. These effects can be beneficial in a therapeutic context, but prolonged usage often leads to dependency and addiction in more severe cases. As a key player in addiction treatment, Landmark Recovery understands the gravity of benzo withdrawal and stands ready to guide individuals through this difficult phase in a secure environment.

Call the confidential admissions line at 888-448-0302 to speak to a Patient Navigator about detox programs for benzo withdrawal. 

The Hidden Dangers: Benzo Dependency and Addiction

Research says regular Benzo use can lead to physical dependence in a matter of weeks. This rapid onset means the individual’s body quickly becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug. Consequently, a sudden halt in usage can lead to uncomfortable and, at times, dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Alongside physical dependence, benzo usage can also engender psychological addiction. This facet involves a compelling urge to continue using the drug despite its negative impacts on one’s life. The psychological elements of benzo addiction not only exacerbate withdrawal symptoms but can also complicate the recovery process.

The Risks of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

The journey to recovery from benzo dependency can be fraught with hazards. Withdrawal from benzos can pose life-threatening risks due to the possibility of severe physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, which, in rare cases, can prove fatal. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that not everyone who discontinues benzo usage will encounter these perilous symptoms.

Several factors, including dosage, length of use, the specific type of drug used, co-occurring disorders, and individual physical health, all contribute to the withdrawal severity.

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome

In extreme cases, sudden discontinuation of benzo use can result in a condition known as benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Symptoms include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Profuse sweating
  • Tremors
  • Rare seizures

These potential risks underscore the necessity of professional assistance when considering ending the use of these drugs.

Landmark Recovery’s Comprehensive Approach to Benzo Withdrawal

Landmark Recovery’s approach to benzodiazepine withdrawal involves a robust, patient-centered action plan. We understand that each patient’s situation is unique; thus, we tailor our approach to fit the individual’s needs. This begins with an in-depth evaluation of the extent of the addiction and the patient’s overall health, followed by a secure and structured withdrawal process.

Medical Detox: A Crucial First Step

Medical detox is one of the first steps at Landmark Recovery in treating benzo withdrawal. Under this process, the body can eliminate the drug while the patient is under 24/7 medical supervision. This control significantly reduces the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. Our dedicated team of medical professionals stands ready 24/7 to monitor patients’ progress and manage any possible complications safely.

Holistic Therapy and Support

Once the detoxification phase is completed, Landmark Recovery offers a comprehensive array of therapy programs to address the psychological aspects of benzo addiction. Our treatments include:

We’re committed to providing each patient with the tools they require to maintain their recovery journey in the long term.

Aftercare: The Ongoing Commitment to Recovery

Understanding that recovery is an enduring process, Landmark Recovery offers continual aftercare services to support individuals in their post-recovery life. These services include continuous access to support groups, recovery resources, and counseling to ensure a seamless transition to daily life.

The Final Verdict

Can benzo withdrawal kill you? Sadly, the answer is yes. However, you can effectively manage the associated risks with the right professional help.

Landmark Recovery is committed to providing top-quality care for individuals struggling with benzo addiction. Our comprehensive approach supports patients at every stage of their recovery journey, from detoxification to aftercare.

If you or a loved one struggles with benzo addiction and fear withdrawal, seek help immediately. Call 888-448-0302 to explore our programs and see how we can support your path to recovery. Visit our locations page to find a treatment center near you. Here is where your journey to a healthier, drug-free life begins.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.