The threats associated with the abuse of substances are not limited to illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin. Instead, there are numerous people who battle the compulsion to abuse prescription drugs, including benzodiazepines. Also referred to as benzos, these types of substances are prescribed to individuals to assist in alleviating the distress associated with things such as panic attacks, chronic stress, anxiety, agitation, and muscle spasms. While they serve a specific medical purpose for many, the effects of benzodiazepines can cause people to experience pleasurable feelings of calmness, relaxation, and sedation. Individuals then begin to crave these pleasant feelings, thus beginning the dangerous cycle of abuse and eventually addiction. And once this addiction has developed, it can be extremely difficult to overcome without professional help.
Knowing how difficult it can be to overcome an addiction to benzodiazepines, the staff at Wellness Resource Center delivers comprehensive treatment and recovery services that address the specific and unique needs of each client as he or she fights the war against benzodiazepine addiction. With warmth and dedication, the staff at Wellness helps clients achieve sobriety and redevelop the confidence and skills they need to maintain it for the long-term.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When someone you care about is battling an addiction to benzodiazepines, it can be difficult to know how you, as a concerned loved one, can best be of assistance to him or her. You have likely gone through a multitude of emotions regarding your loved one’s addiction, experiencing everything from anger at his or her inability to stop using benzos to fear about what his or her future will hold if treatment is not implemented. While you cannot force your loved one to stop using benzos, there are some things that you can do to support him or her in the beginning of his or her journey to recovery. Consider the following:
- Learn all that you can about benzodiazepine addiction and dependence, including the warning signs of intoxication, abuse, and overdose.
- Confront your loved one, calmly and nonjudgmentally expressing your concerns to him or her. Understand that you may initially be met with resistance or denial, but remain patient.
- Research treatment options that are available to people struggling with this particular type of substance abuse problem and go over your findings with your loved one.
- Once your loved one is engaged in treatment, do all that you can to be an active part of his or her therapeutic process, demonstrating encouragement and support every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
As is true for the prolonged abuse of any substance, continued abuse of benzodiazepines can reap countless negative consequences onto individuals’ lives. All aspects of their world will be impacted, including their home lives, work lives, and social lives. The effects of this substance may make it difficult for individuals to adhere to daily responsibilities, both at work and at home, resulting in potential job loss and the development of familial discord. Additionally, the health of those who abuse benzos can also be detrimentally impacted. Things such as deteriorated cognitive functioning, memory impairment, and damage to vital organs have all been known to result from chronic benzodiazepine use. Fortunately, when individuals make the choice to engage in treatment for their addiction, these negative circumstances can be successfully avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
The staff at Wellness Resource Center is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to the treatment of chemical dependency and co-occurring emotional, psychological, and/or psychiatric conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of treatment services for the adult men and women who are entrusted into our care as they recover from an addiction to benzodiazepines. We believe in an abstinent-based approach to treatment and have found that those who suffer from dual diagnosis psychiatric concerns and substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of benzos, respond best to treatment interventions that are offered in a holistic and simultaneous manner.
At Wellness Resource Center, we believe that everyone who comes to us for treatment is unique, bringing with them their own history, values, and worldview. For this reason, we offer clients highly individualized treatment that is customized to meet their physical, psychological, family, spiritual, and social needs. All clients take part in an array of assessments so that our staff is able to mutually develop appropriate short- and long-term plans of treatment and recovery as individuals take the first step towards overcoming their addiction to benzodiazepines.
The first step of the treatment process at Wellness Resource Center begins at Phase I, which includes full-time treatment with housing. This phase of treatment is also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and provides clients with a day-long schedule of treatment activities that meet five days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm. This program is staff-supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and promotes activities of daily living, while also integrating intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to overcome their addiction to benzos. The following may be included into a client’s overall programming during his or her stay at Wellness Resource Center:
Medication management: When clients are suffering from symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to benzodiazepine addiction, the use of psychotropic medications may be implemented into their treatment plan in order for them to experience true relief from their distress. The use of medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to manage and monitor any medication needs. Additionally, a client’s primary therapist, the program nurse, and the attending behavioral health technicians are all also available to help monitor medication throughout a client’s time spent in programming.
Individual therapy: Clients have the opportunity to meet with their primary therapist for individual therapy sessions once each week, but additional sessions may be added when needed or deemed clinically appropriate. These sessions are designed to be a time for clients to meet privately with their therapist and discuss their progress in treatment, while also addressing any concerns that may have arisen. The relationships between clients and their therapists are built on trust and are central to helping clients successfully heal.
Group therapy: Group therapy is at the core of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, and clients engage in group therapy sessions 5 days per week, with between 3 and 4 different groups meeting each day. While individual assessment and treatment are highly valued, we have found that exploring the commonality among clients is a vital avenue for helping them gain insight and make positive, lasting changes in their lives. Clients can expect to partake in process groups, age-specific groups, gender-specific groups, experiential groups, and psychoeducational groups. The different topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Body image
- Coping skills
- Relapse prevention
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members on an as-needed basis throughout their time spent in treatment. These sessions are led by either the client’s primary therapist or by the clinical director. When families cannot be physically present, telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication will be used in order to keep them involved and informed of their loved one’s progress, and to help them find resources for dealing with their own emotional struggles.
Experiential therapy: In order to promote a holistic approach to treatment for benzodiazepine addiction, experiential therapies are available to clients while they engage in treatment at Wellness. The specific amount of time that a client will spend engaging in experiential therapy will vary, as all treatment is customized to meet each client’s unique needs. The types of experiential therapies that clients may participate in can include the following:
- Teamwork activities
- Adventure activities
- Communication-based activities
- Social activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
Family Program: Keeping in mind that an addiction to benzodiazepines does not only affect the individual, but that it will inevitably impact his or her family as well, Wellness Resource Center is pleased to offer our Family Program at no additional cost to clients. Offered twice per month, the Family Program offers psychoeducation for family members and allows them to participate in process groups where they can come to understand how their communication may be a barrier to their loved one’s recovery from an addiction to benzos.
Once clients have completed treatment in Phase I of programming at Wellness Resource Center, they may step-down to treatment in Phase II. This extended care option is a form of part-time treatment through our intensive outpatient program (IOP) where clients can continue to reside in our client housing, attend part-time treatment, and receive case management while looking for employment. Phase III is recommended for some clients following the completion of Phase II, which offers clients a transitional style of living with semi-structured support.
Wellness Resource Center truly stands out in our seamless extended care continuum that does not limit clients with a maximum length of stay. In order to ensure that clients receive consistent, continuous care from their time of admission until they leave and beyond, staffing remains consistent throughout the continuum of care.