Highland Ridge Hospital, in Salt Lake City, UT, helps adolescents, adults, and seniors who are struggling with benzo addiction through an unmatched quality of care and support. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Highland Ridge is the leading provider of mental health treatment.
Learn About Benzo Abuse
Learn more about benzo addiction treatment at our Hospital in Salt Lake City
Benzodiazepines, often called “benzos” are a class of psychoactive drugs that function by enhancing the effects of the neurotransmitter GABA-A in the brain, which leads to sedation. People are prescribed benzodiazepines for a large array of diagnoses, including anxiety disorders, insomnia, and seizure disorders. While these drugs can be a blessing for so many, these medications are only intended for short-term usage as they can become physically addicting. If you’re addicted to benzos, you’re probably like a lot of other people who abuse benzodiazepines – you may be using benzos as a way of augmenting the high from another drug or alcohol. You probably know the danger of mixing two or more types of medications, but you may be unsure how to stop. You’re paralyzed in a cycle of use and abuse.
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we understand benzodiazepine addiction and we’re ready to help you put down the pills so that you can resume your life. We’ve helped many teens, adults, and older adults successfully recover from benzodiazepine addiction and we’re ready to help you.
Helping a Loved One
Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for benzo addiction
When your loved one is struggling with a benzodiazepine addiction, you may not know how best to help them. You may know that they need help and you want to do something for them, but you may be unsure of what to do or how to say it. You may be afraid of the consequences of alienating your loved one. Here are some tips for talking to your loved one about seeking treatment for a benzodiazepine addiction:
Learn about treatment: Benzodiazepine addiction, especially long-term addiction, often needs to be managed in a supervised detox atmosphere to prevent any complications. Talk to local rehabs and detox centers to determine which one would best help your loved one and have them answer any questions about humane detox and what their addiction program looks like.
Learn about addiction: Addiction isn’t a matter of being weak-willed or flawed; it’s a disease much like heart disease that requires management and care throughout the lifetime. Learn ways you can help your loved one, as well as ways that you can avoid contributing to the addiction, such as being co-dependent.
Listen: Your loved one likely knows that he or she has an addiction to benzos and likely feels an immense deal of shame. Approach your loved one and listen openly and honestly to your loved one when he or she speaks of addiction. Support your loved one with compassion and love.
Treatment: Make appointments for tours at local rehabs that have a humane detox program and visit the center with your loved one. If he or she isn’t ready to get help, don’t offer ultimatums, just remind them that help will always be available.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment
Why seek help for benzo addiction
If you’re struggling with an addiction to benzos, you’ve probably exhausted the normal routes of receiving your prescriptions. Your doctor may have cut you off and you may be doctor shopping to obtain prescriptions for your pills. You may even be purchasing your pills on the street or from internet pharmacies. You know that your addiction is taking a toll on your life, yet you feel powerless to stop. You may be terrified of withdrawal and terrified of life without benzos.
An inpatient treatment center that offers both humane detox and treatment for addiction through behavioral therapies has been proven to be one of the most successful ways to get an addiction treated. You’ll be able to escape the normal struggles and stresses of daily life and begin to focus on the one thing that truly matters – getting better. You’ll be able to work with other people struggling with addiction, which is vital for recovery from addiction.
Our philosophy & benefits of benzo addiction treatment
At Highland Ridge Hospital, our addiction program has helped many teens, adults, and older adults successfully recover and learn to live a sober, happy life. Our multidisciplinary team has been treating addiction for over 25 years and we are ready and waiting to help you to learn the steps needed to see a future outside of drugs. Highland Ridge Hospital aims to be a safe haven of treatment for those who come to us and we treat each person we help with care, compassion, concern, and competence. Let Highland Ridge Hospital help you to see a future full of happiness and hopefulness.
What We Offer
Benzo addiction treatment options available at Highland Ridge Hospital
When you first come to us for help, you’ll undergo a variety of comprehensive evaluations that will help us gain a better picture into your struggles and needs. The medical examination will allow us to determine if you’re facing any medical problems related to your benzo abuse and determine if you will require humane detox. Our psychiatric evaluation will allow us to determine what’s driving the addiction and any co-occurring mental disorders. We’ll take the results of these evaluations and work with you to create a plan of care for your stay with us.
Detox is often the first step for those who come to us addicted to benzos and other drugs or alcohol. In our detox program, you’ll be safely and humanely detoxed from the drugs in your system while being monitored around the clock for safety. When you have been successfully detoxed, you’ll be ready to enter our addiction program, which is based around the 12-step model for addiction recovery.
Medication may be used during detox to help alleviate some of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Some people are able to be slowly tapered off the medication as they learn more adaptive coping strategies. Others may require longer term medication treatment to manage any co-occurring disorders. The usage of medication will be based upon the findings of the treatment team.
Individual therapy is a tool we use to help you spend some one-on-one time with a therapist to create goals for treatment as well as provide you with a space to talk openly about the ways benzodiazepine addiction has impacted your life. You’ll work on anger management, avoidance of triggers, and coping skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Group therapy is especially helpful for recovering addicts as it allows you to meet others who are struggling with similar problems and work together. Our addiction recovery groups may be A.A. or N.A. meetings, process-based, or psychoeducational groups that cover a wide range of topics, such as stress reduction, coping skills, and tools for sober living.
Family therapy is very important for people in recovery from addiction to benzos and other drugs. Addiction is a family disease and has impacted your loved ones in many ways. We offer family sessions to help you and your loved ones mend any broken bonds, discuss the ways in which addiction has impacted each family member, and offer tips for how your loved ones can help you maintain your sobriety. We’ll also connect your loved ones to Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings to allow for their continued recovery.
In addition to our traditional therapeutic approaches, we’re proud to offer a variety of experiential methods that help us to heal the whole you. These methods may include the following:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continuing care at Highland Ridge
When you come to us, you’ll undergo several evaluations which will, in part, help us to determine which level of care is best for your current needs. As your time with us draws to a close, you’ll work closely with our discharge planner to discuss your continued care and recovery. You may opt to step down into a similarly structured environment, such as a residential treatment center. Others may choose to join structured outpatient programs – PHP or IOP – to allow for slow integration back into their community. Still others may feel they’ve made enough progress with us to discharge home with referrals for traditional outpatient therapy and community support groups such as N.A. and A.A.
Our treatment center is in Salt Lake City (Midvale) and serves residents from all over Central and Northern Utah. Call one of our admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Highland Ridge can help you regain a happy, healthy life.