What is Benzo Detox?

A detox is a period of time where the body gets rid of any drugs in it. During this time, you may experience withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepines. These can be physical and mental. Some of the withdrawal symptoms can cause permanent damage to your brain. That’s why addiction recovery requires medical monitoring and supervision. The time it takes to fully recover depends on individual factors, such as how long Benzodiazepines were abused, the intake method, and your medical history.

Here at Gratitude Lodge, we offer inpatient detox programs, meaning you’d stay in our luxurious, welcoming rooms and have access to professionals during your recovery. Our local partners offer outpatient detox, which is available to those who have a less severe addiction and want to continue their work or school during their detox. Though going through detox sounds uncomfortable, it’s required to get you on the path to recovery.


What are the Symptoms of Benzo Withdrawal?

Removing benzos from your system is the first step to recovery. Detoxing in a safe, professionally staffed environment is important because you may have become dependent on benzos, which can affect your brain’s chemical makeup. In severe dependency cases, suddenly stopping the intake of benzos (benzodiazepines) could lead to delirium, a lost sense of self, and psychosis.

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle tension
  • Hallucination
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Depersonalization
  • Seizures


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How Long Does Benzo Detox Take?

Benzo detox can have withdrawal symptoms that last days, weeks, and sometimes, years. The time it takes to detox depends on how long the drug was used. Sometimes, a slow-taper detox is necessary for those addicted to benzos to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. A doctor will reduce prescription dosage or substitute with another similar drug to help you ease off of your benzo addiction.

Benzo Withdrawal Timeline

1-2 Days

In the first days without benzos, you may experience headaches, insomnia, irritability, muscle pain, stiffness, and symptoms similar to panic disorder, including heart palpitations, sweating, agitation, and poor concentration.

3-5 DAYS

You may experience rebound anxiety, a greater or similar level of anxiety than when you did before you took the drugs because of the major dosage reduction. It’s possible to experience nausea, tremors, and in more severe cases, psychosis and seizures.

6-7+ DAYS

You may feel anxious, irritable, hypersensitive and on-edge for several weeks after your detox if you had a severe addiction. In most cases, symptoms will peak around the second week and then begin to subside.

Medications Used in Benzo Detox

Drugs for benzo detox withdrawal symptoms commonly include anticonvulsive medication and antidepressants. You may be prescribed other benzos with lower dosages so that way you can slowly come off of the drug without experiencing intense withdrawal symptoms or mental disorders, such as psychosis.

  • Diazepam
  • Clonazepam
  • Antihypertensive medications
  • Sedating antidepressants

What Happens After Benzo Detox?

After you receive benzo detox for physical symptoms, you’ll take steps in recovery for mental withdrawal symptoms. Structured activities, group therapy, and individual counseling are built into your day when you stay at a residential addiction treatment facility such as Gratitude Lodge. After that, you’ll be able to transition to outpatient care, where you can stay in your own home, attend work or school, and attend therapy in the daytime or evening.

After detoxing from benzos, you’ll feel your withdrawal symptoms become manageable with your medical therapy. You’ll participate in group activities, learn from a set schedule, develop responsibility, and become self-sufficient again. Taking all of the steps from detoxification to outpatient rehabilitation is what helps create a lasting recovery and decreases the chance of relapse.

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Is Benzo Detox Covered by Insurance?

We accept most PPO insurances at Gratitude Lodge for our Benzo Detox program, whether you’re staying with us for as little as 7 days or more than 90 days. We accept BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aetna, and many more. As with any insurance, the cost depends on your insurance policy deductible and your policy co-pay. Inpatient and outpatient facility costs may vary.

Some insurance providers want you to contribute to the cost. Most treatment facilities can help determine if your insurance is eligible. We’re happy to see if your insurance covers treatment and detox for you or your loved ones. When you choose Gratitude Lodge, you’re choosing to invest in a new you.

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