Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of medications most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders. While they are quite safe when used according to physician recommendations, they can produce feelings of pleasure and relaxation when taken in excessive amounts. These pleasurable feelings can make benzos tempting targets for abuse, though if a person abuses benzos for an extended period of time, he or she is at risk for developing a benzodiazepine use disorder. Benzodiazepine use disorders are severe disorders that can cause grave harm across virtually all areas of a person’s life. Fortunately, however, benzodiazepine use disorders are treatable with proper rehabilitation.
At Mirror Lake, we have more extensive experience providing treatment to help people overcome benzodiazepine addictions, and our caring and compassionate staff is eager to give you the best possible chance at living a life free from the influence of benzodiazepine abuse.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with benzo abuse can be a profoundly painful experience. Fortunately, you have a number of options for helping your loved one during this difficult time. The following steps are among those that you can take to help your loved one get the treatment he or she needs:
- Research rehab centers. Each rehab center has a slightly different atmosphere and approach to treatment, so investigate rehab centers and make a list of a few that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Learn about benzos. Every substance of abuse has different effects on those who use them, so learn all you can about benzos and benzo abuse. In addition, formulate a safety plan for what to do in case your loved one experiences an overdose or other health complications as a result of his or her substance abuse.
- Talk with your loved one. While remaining open and nonjudgmental, let your loved one know that you are aware of his or her struggle with benzo abuse and share your concerns. Your loved one will likely have a difficult time with this conversation, so try to your best to remain patient and prevent the conversation from devolving into an argument. Keep in mind that your loved one’s journey to healing may occur at a slower pace than you would prefer.
- Once your loved one agrees to seek treatment, help make the transition into treatment as smooth as possible. Offer to set up appointments with rehab center staff and accompany your loved one to those appointments. Also, during your loved one’s stay in rehab, remain an active source of support.
- Above all, take care of yourself during this time. Seek out support from family and friends and keep up with hobbies and other activities that refresh you. Also, maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, and exercising regularly.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
For as much good as they can do when used properly, benzos can cause immense damage when they are misused. There are few areas of a person’s life that remain unaffected when a person abuses benzos. One’s relationships are often affected, possibly resulting in broken friendships, separation, divorce, or social isolation. Often, benzo abuse prevents a person from operating at full capacity at work, which could result in demotion or job loss as well as ensuing financial difficulties should the abuse of such substances remain long-standing. Benzo abuse can also cause organ damage, cognitive impairment, and a host of other physical difficulties, with the possibility of overdose remaining a constant threat. Thankfully, with proper treatment from a rehab center, it is possible to overcome a benzodiazepine use disorder and reclaim one’s life and livelihood.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
For years, Mirror Lake has been providing transformative rehab that has changed the lives of men and women who had been battling addiction. Located in Burns, Tennessee and situated on 75 peaceful acres of land, Mirror Lake is one of the oldest treatment centers in the state, and has become known as a provider of high quality addiction rehab.
The tranquil setting in which treatment occurs is highly conducive to the recovery process, and we utilize only the most effective methods of care to treat our clients. The foundation of our rehab is the 12-Step philosophy, and we strive to help each person who is entrusted into our care to achieve a truly sober life, free from the grips of a benzo addiction. With the help of our staff of dedicated and credentialed professionals, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, case managers, nurses, and clinical technicians, men and women who choose to receive treatment at Mirror Lake become empowered to live healthier and happier lives, free from the chains of addiction.
With a license to operate as a sub-acute hospital, we are equipped to care for individuals with complicated medical histories. Our 146-bed center offers a three-phase treatment program that includes detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming. Depending on the individual needs of our clients, the following are among the elements that may be included into a client’s customized treatment plan while participating in rehab at our center:
Medically monitored detoxification: When clients come to Mirror Lake addicted to certain substances, such as benzos, they may require detox prior to engaging in our residential programming. When this is the case, men and women benefit from our medical staff’s expertise during the process of withdrawal by receiving the treatment they need as their bodies are cleared of the harmful substances that cause their addictions. Mirror Lake employs various protocols for delivering detox services, and the particular protocol used will be dependent upon the type of addiction that a client is battling.
Medication management services: While detoxing from benzos, clients may receive daily medication management services. Monitored by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses, these services are also available on an as-needed basis to clients in our residential programming when medication is deemed necessary to manage the symptoms of an addiction and/or mental illness.
Individual therapy: Intended to be intensive and brief, individual therapy sessions are scheduled for each client on a weekly basis. Our expertly trained counselors work with clients one-on-one and assist them in establishing short-term rehab goals, solving problems, and processing their addictions to substances such as benzos. Additionally, if a client was seeing a counselor prior to admission to our rehab center, that counselor can participate in these sessions with the client’s consent.
Family therapy: In order to help clients repair and restructure their relationships with their loved ones, our rehab center facilitates family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. These sessions are led by our dedicated counselors and allow our clients, their family members, and other loved ones to heal together. By including these sessions as part of our treatment, we help our clients and those closest to them to move forward in a healthy and unified manner.
Family Program: Every Sunday, Mirror Lake is pleased to provide invaluable care and support to those in our clients’ primary support networks through our Family Program, which is located at our rehab center in Burns, Tennessee. This program, which allows family members and other loved ones to partake in therapeutic activities that emphasize family recovery, includes the following treatment methods:
- Lecture series
- Video tapes
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
Group therapy: At Mirror Lake, we believe that there is much to be gained when men and women are able to support one another in a constructive and safe environment. Group therapy sessions provide forums in which clients are able to support and learn from one another, and are an important facet of the rehab we offer for an addiction to benzos. The following are among the variety of groups that may be provided during an individual’s time in treatment at Mirror Lake:
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
- Living in Balance
- Recovery principles
Experiential therapy: We believe that a holistic approach is the best method for treating individuals who are battling an addiction to benzos. Part of our holistic approach includes the use of experiential therapies in our programming. The following types of experiential therapy may be incorporated in a client’s personalized rehab plan:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Our faith-based program, ReNew, is for those men and women who would like to have their faith incorporated into their treatment. This program is available to any Mirror Lake client, and allows clients to strengthen their faith through the following activities:
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
During the admissions process, our staff will determine which of the above treatment methods will benefit you most and help you to meet your needs and goals. Throughout your time at Mirror Lake, treatment methods can be added if they will enhance your recovery process.
When you complete treatment at our rehab center, our dedicated staff will provide you with a detailed discharge plan that will outline the resources and additional treatment recommendations that will help you continue to be successful in your recovery from an addiction to benzos. We want nothing more than to see our clients reach their rehab goals, and we are dedicated to ensuring that you will continue your recovery success long after leaving treatment at our rehab center.
At Mirror Lake, a new life, free from the grips of addiction, is on the horizon. To learn more about how we can help you or someone you care about, call us today.