Benzodiazepines, also referred to as benzos, are a variety of medicinal drugs often used in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders. Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin constitute some of the better known brand names in this drug class. Benzodiazepine drugs are depressive medications, not because they cause depression, but rather because of the depressive or slowing effect that they play on the brain’s central nervous system. These drugs produce a brief sensation of relaxation. For someone who struggles from an unrelenting anxiety disorder, these types of substances can be exceedingly helpful. Used in the wrong way, however, these medications can lead to the development of an addiction.
The treatment team members at Serenity Knolls are equipped with decades of experience and understanding about benzodiazepine addiction and dependence. Our team is sensitive to the needs of individuals who have been dependent on benzodiazepines. If applicable, our specialized treatment will help the addicted individual manage the symptoms of any co-occurring mental health condition that he or she may need care for as well.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
You might feel discouraged or confused about how to help your loved one pursue recovery. Do not despair. We offer some suggestions below to help you support and help your loved one accept treatment:
- Figure out what the symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse are. Learn how to identify an overdose. Develop an emergency plan to help your loved one if an overdose does occur.
- Find out what constitutes effective treatment for benzodiazepine abuse. Take note of treatment centers that you think you and your loved one could tour and consider treatment with if he or she decides to do so.
- Honestly and non-confrontationally communicate with your loved one about your concerns. Make it clear that you are worried and that you are going to be there at absolutely every step of the way to help. Kindly and patiently listen to his or her responses. Maintain a calm and non-judgmental disposition. Show compassion, but keep other emotions at bay during this conversation and never let these discussions become confrontational or argumentative.
- Share your research findings with your loved one and calmly share ideas about how to proceed in unity.
- Help out with practical issues when the day that your loved one agrees to get treatment arrives. You can assist with what might be overwhelming to him or her by getting appointments set, applying for insurance, arranging for transportation, or providing other practical services.
- Never leave a loved one emotionally isolated in treatment. Show your support every step of the way by also engaging in any family therapy sessions that are available.
- Physical, emotional, or psychological exhaustion will render you incapable of providing support, so take practical steps to take care of yourself as well.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Benzodiazepines are medically-approved substances that can have potentially beneficial effects. When taken in an incorrect manner or when taken for too long or too often, the results can be disastrous. Work life will deteriorate if addiction develops, and financial ruin might result. Relationship mishandling can lead to the loss of friends or even family members. Custody issues and other social and legal issues complicate recovery after addiction. The sooner recovery is pursued, the less likely a person is to suffer from such repercussions of benzo addiction. Do not let your friend or family member fall into such a silent form of suffering. Let him or her know that you are there to find options for treatment that do exist and really work. With proper care, benzodiazepine addiction can become a thing of the past.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
With picturesque 360-degree views that allow for viewing breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, Serenity Knolls, which is located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, is a world class provider of addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Created to help adults restore and improve their lives after having battled addictions to substances, this center is where a life that is no longer controlled by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can be realized.
In choosing Serenity Knolls as the place to confront an addiction to benzodiazepines and/or other harmful substances, a person can receive the care that is needed to flourish and live to his or her highest potential. Our staff, which includes a multidisciplinary team of exceptional professionals who have overcome their own struggles with addiction and chemical dependency, facilitates treatment with the utmost empathy, compassion, and dedication. Additionally, each person at this center is provided with a customized plan of care that details the interventions needed to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. During one’s initial assessment, and for the duration of treatment at Serenity Knolls, substance use concerns and co-occurring mental health needs are assessed, which then prompt the inclusion or exclusion of the below listed interventions within a resident’s personalized treatment plan:
Individual counseling: So as to gauge how residents are progressing in their treatment, the care supplied by Serenity Knolls includes daily individual counseling sessions with experienced alcohol and drug counselors. During these meetings, men and women can discuss how they are doing on a day-to-day basis and can report any successes and/or setbacks that occur while they are working to overcome an addiction to benzos.
Individual therapy: We, at Serenity Knolls, are pleased to offer weekly individual therapy sessions for those who come to our center to break free from an addiction to benzodiazepines. Our staff psychologists and marriage and family therapists are the professionals who meet with residents during these sessions so that men and women can receive the one-on-one attention they need to make strides in their recovery. Individual therapy can serve as a time in which residents can talk about things that they may not feel comfortable sharing in group, establish goals for the future, and work through any emotions and feelings that they may be experiencing.
Group therapy: In order to provide residents with the support and guidance they need as they work on their recovery from addictions to benzos and/or other substances, the programming at Serenity Knolls features several group therapy opportunities each week. Group therapy sessions are led by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals, and include several residents so that they are able to provide and receive support to and from one another. The following types of groups can serve as excellent opportunities for men and women to practice the invaluable skills that they are learning:
- Men’s groups
- Process groups
- 12-Step groups
- Educational groups
- Women’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Serenity Knolls is proud to offer multifamily group therapy sessions for residents and those they are closest to. Additionally, as a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, we are delighted to include couples and family counseling services upon request for the men and women entrusted into our care and their loved ones. Given the fact that recovery success is more easily achieved when one has the support of his or her friends and family members, we purposefully supply these services in order to enhance each resident’s treatment experience as they work towards overcoming an addiction to benzos.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
Every man and woman who comes for care at Serenity Knolls is treated as a unique individual who possesses distinctive strengths. These strengths, as well as the concerns that a resident is suffering from, are factored into the treatment planning process and can ascertain which of the above methods of care are needed to help each person heal and recover in a lasting and meaningful way.
Additionally, our clinical team prepares for each resident’s discharge from the moment they begin treatment to confront an addiction to benzos. In doing so, we are able to determine the continuing care options that will best meet each person’s needs after leaving Serenity Knolls. Furthermore, we offer a high quality Aftercare Program that is located in two convenient locations. This program is available to former residents for a lifetime and includes weekly meetings, as well as help for men and women as they acquire the sponsorships needed to remain on the path of recovery. In sum, we, at Serenity Knolls, ensure that every facet of treatment at our center is highly personalized and supportive for the duration of an individual’s time with us.
If you or someone you care about is plagued by an addiction to benzodiazepines and would like to partake in top notch treatment that can break the chains of addiction once and for all, look no further than Serenity Knolls. Out staff is ready, willing, and able to help to you or your loved one determine if our center is the perfect place to begin life anew.
Call us today and let a sober tomorrow commence.