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In order to be safe, detox must be medically monitored by professionals trained to assist in the event of an emergency, as well as to ensure comfort and ease symptoms during withdrawal.

What Are The Dangers of Benzodiazepine At-Home Detox?

An at-home detox from alcohol or benzodiazepines is never recommended, as these drugs can cause serious health complications during withdrawal, such as:

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Digestive discomfort

  • Headaches

  • Heart palpitations

  • Hallucinations

  • Panic attacks

  • Tremors

  • Muscle pain

  • Psychosis

  • Seizures

  • Delirium tremens

  • Relapse

  • Increased risk of severe symptoms with the next withdrawal attempt

At-Home Detox and Relapse Rates

The incomplete nature of at-home detox creates another danger for the individual trying to recover from benzo addiction: the risk of relapse.

Another risk is the “kindling phenomenon,” which posits that repeated relapses tend to result in more severe withdrawal symptoms with each subsequent detox.

A study from Addiction noted that the majority of people who received professional detox or substance abuse treatment were more likely to remain abstinent over time, while those who attempted to stop using or drinking on their own were more likely to relapse.

As the numbers from the study demonstrate, the difference between people who got help and those who tried to recover on their own was significant.

After three years:

    62.4% of those who received help were in remission.

    43.4% of those who didn’t receive help were in remission.

After 16 years:

    60.5% of no-help individuals who were sober at the 3-year mark had relapsed.

    42.9% of treated individuals who were sober at the 3-year mark had relapsed.

This risk can be greatly reduced through a professional treatment program, because these programs don’t focus on detox alone. Therapy, continued support, and coping strategies are provided after the detox process is over, giving the individual tools and methods to help them continue their recovery after they leave the program and return home.

At Scottsdale Detox, we help you determine your next steps after detox so that you can have a successful long-term recovery.

How Do Benzodiazepines Affect the Brain and Body?

Benzos have a sedative effect on the body, which means they block certain brain chemicals which cause a slowing of the brain's functions.

Over time, continued and/or heavy use of these substances can cause deep chemical changes in the brain that make an individual unable to function properly without the substance. This results in dependence on the substance, which is an indication of addiction.

One might think that the best way to stop the addiction/dependence is to simply stop using the substance, however the changes in the brain caused by these chemicals result in a real, physical need for the substance, and the body will react to the loss of the chemicals by producing withdrawal symptoms.

When a person who has developed addiction to benzos attempts to stop all use abruptly, or “cold-turkey,”the withdrawal symptoms follow with somewhat predictable timing. These symptoms have a range of effects on the individual’s physical and mental health, depending on the length of use and severity of addiction involved. In fact, because of the effects of these withdrawal processes, doctors often refer to them as “syndromes.”

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome

Similar to alcohol withdrawal, benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome can result in the following symptoms, according to a study in the journal Addiction:

  • Insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Hand tremors

  • Sweating

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Dry retching and nausea

  • Weight loss

  • Palpitations

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain and stiffness

  • Seizures

  • Psychotic events

Again, while many of these symptoms may seem to be mild, they can progress in waves over the course of days, weeks, or even months, and they can cause physical harm or death. Seizures, in particular, are a major risk during benzo detox.

What Happens During A Medically Assisted Detox?

During a medically assisted detox, you will be given special medications that slow down the speed in which chemicals in your brain return to pre-addiction levels.

During your detox, you will be closely monitored by our team of health professionals.

Before your detox begins, you will be thoroughly examined from both a physical and psychological standpoint. Any pre-existing medical conditions will also influence the manner in which your detox treatment will proceed.

Our expert clinical team will monitor your detox closely and increase your dosage of medication if you begin to experience any breakthrough withdrawal symptoms. We also offer IV Therapy and additional treatments to lessen our patient's symptoms and to ensure a safe and comfortable detox.


If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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Scottsdale, AZ 85251