Outpatient Benzodiazepine Detox

"Outpatient Benzodiazepine Detox"

Benzodiazepine and sedative withdrawal and detox is widely known to be difficult, dangerous, and potentially deadly if attempted without the direction of a physician.  The intensity is much worse if alcohol is used regularly as well.  Individuals going through benzodiazepine withdrawal are at especially high risk of having seizures.  Many treatment options have been developed for safe and comfortable benzodiazepine and sedative detox on an outpatient basis. The use of specific medication combinations can completely contain and control benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms, leaving the patient completely comfortable in most cases.  Almost all patients can continue working full time while undergoing this process, due to the stability achieved.  Outpatient detox costs much less than inpatient detox, with substantial additional savings coming from almost no opportunity cost from missed work days.

 A longer and carefully paced detox follows more natural neuro-physiologic patterns, unlike an uncomfortable and dangerous 5 to 7 day detox.  Similar to alcohol detox, a slower process helps minimize if not eliminate the brain damage that would be commonly seen with a fast detox lasting less than 10 days.  A short alcohol or benzodiazepine detox places the patient at a very high risk of seizures and substantial brain cell death from the electrical over-activity in the nervous system.  This is effectively managed with very specific medication combinations given over a sufficiently long period of time.  Comfort equates to safety when it comes to alcohol or benzodiazepine detoxification.  Post-acute benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) and managed promptly and effectively, which further improves comfort and reduces relapse rates.  This is in stark contrast to inpatient facilities, where patients have already been discharged before post-acute withdrawal symptoms develop, leaving them few options besides relapse with how to deal with them.  Many individuals that have just been through an inpatient detox come to the Delray Center due to having experienced major withdrawal complications such as seizures or due to the debilitating post-acute withdrawal symptoms they are still experiencing.  Symptoms such as tremor, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, night sweats, loss of appetite, and muscle spasms are directly screened for and managed effectively.  A detox is not considered complete until all of the withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal symptoms are fully resolved and the patient is fully comfortable.

Benzodiazepine and sedative detox is frequently performed for patients coming off of alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin), temazepam (Restoril), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), flurazepam (Dalmane), zolpidem (Ambien), butalbitol (Fioricet, Fiorinal, Esgic plus), phenobarbitol, pentobarbital, carisoprodol (Soma), GHB (Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate), Rohypnol, and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril).  Appointments for the many treatment providers are available at convenient times both before and after common working hours, so patients can undergo outpatient benzodiazepine detox without missing work.  The downtown Delray Beach location is convenient and very easily accessed by patients living in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, and West Palm Beach.  Due to the limited availability of such specialized outpatient detox services in the State of Florida, many clients come from Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Melbourne, Stuart, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Miami, Miami Beach, Aventura, and the Florida Keys.  Some patients have even come from as far as New York City, Nashville and the Caribbean.