Benzo Withdrawal Timeline


What Are Benzos? 

If you have suffered from a mental health disorder, then it’s likely that you have heard of benzodiazepines, also known as benzos. Benzos are prescribed medication that is usually recommended for a person struggling with insomnia, panic disorders, or generalized anxiety disorders. Some people don’t realize that benzodiazepines (benzos) are only meant to be a short-term solution to these genuine issues. This is mainly because benzos are highly addictive. Therefore, you are not meant to be on them indefinitely. Unfortunately, every day countless people fall into the trap of addiction as a result of benzo consumption, which can lead to serious physical issues and mental health issues requiring drug rehab to overcome. 

Several different types of benzodiazepines may be prescribed to any person. Here are some examples of the typical kinds of benzos: 

  • Klonopin 
  • Librium 
  • Xanax 
  • Valium 
  • Ativan 
  • Serax 
  • Doral 
  • Restoril 

Realistically, the list can go on and on regarding the different variations of benzodiazepines. When you reach out to an intake team at a treatment facility, you must provide them with specific information regarding the benzo you’re taking, the dosage, and how long you have been taking it to begin to put together the right treatment plan for you. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, Pacific Manor Recovery can help. Call (888) 300-4370 to learn more.

What Is Benzo Withdrawal? 

Benzo withdrawal is the process your body goes through to remove the drug from its system. Once your body has become accustomed to the presence of benzos, you will go through a physical and psychological withdrawal process. This process can be particularly stressful and could even lead to death if you experience a painful withdrawal process. This is the leading reason why you should never attempt to go through the benzo detox process unless you are under the care of an experienced addiction expert. 

Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms 

There are many benzo withdrawal symptoms that you may experience throughout your time in drug detox. While it’s impossible to predict precisely which withdrawal symptom you will feel, a few possibilities include: 

  • Issues with sleep 
  • Panic attacks 
  • Headaches 
  • Cravings 
  • Hand tremors 
  • Heart palpitations 
  • Sweating 
  • Muscle stiffness 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Seizures 

How Long Does Benzo Withdrawal?

An understandable concern among many people who are ready to commit to benzo treatment and recovery is about the detox process and how long they will need to be in detox before transitioning into a recovery program. On average, withdrawal from benzodiazepines can last anywhere between one week to ten days. Although this period may seem daunting, it’s necessary if you want to take steps to tackle your addiction. Don’t worry; however, when you partner with an experienced detox facility, you can rest assured that you will receive all of the support that you need. 

Timeline for Benzo Withdrawal and Detox 

It’s important to understand that benzo withdrawal and detox are not something that happens overnight. Instead, it can take quite a while to completely remove the impact of benzodiazepines from your mind and your body. While benzo withdrawal can be different for every person, here is an approximate timeline for withdrawal and detox: 

The first six to eight hours 

The first six to eight hours are a precursor of the withdrawal and detox symptoms that you will experience as time goes on. These first few hours can be particularly misleading because it could make a person feel as though they have a handle managing their withdrawal symptoms when, in reality, their symptoms will only worsen as time goes on. Before you hit this point, you must reach out to an addiction treatment facility that can provide you with the opportunity to take advantage of a detox program to ensure that you are cared for the way that you need through this stage. 

The first and the fourth day 

This is often the most challenging stage of your recovery because this is the period where you will experience the height of your withdrawal symptoms. An increase in anxiety and insomnia are two of the most common types of benzo withdrawal symptoms. Combining these two symptoms could easily make you not think correctly or could lead to possible suicidal thoughts. 

The 10th and the 14th day 

At this point, your withdrawal symptoms from benzodiazepines will begin to dissipate to the point where you feel more like yourself. However, keep in mind that there is always the possibility that specific withdrawal symptoms can linger. It’s crucial to relay everything that you’re feeling to your treatment team so they can treat you accordingly. While communicating this may be difficult at times, a qualified treatment team will check in with you regularly to ensure that you have the support and the care you need. 

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome and Benzos 

It’s not outside the realm of possibility for a person who has suffered from an addiction to benzos to develop a condition known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome, also known as PAWS. PAWS can develop at any point during your recovery journey. PAWS symptoms can make you feel as though you’re going through the withdrawal process again, just not in as extreme of the way as you did during your initial time in detox. It’s essential to understand the red flags that are often associated with PAWS, however, so that they do not trigger you to go back to using benzos. During rehab, you will learn more about this condition and what you can do to combat it. 

Benzo Detox 

Before you can think of committing to a recovery program, you need to go through detox first so that you make the most out of your time in treatment. Although it’s always possible for your withdrawal symptoms to linger, once you make it through the height of your symptoms, you will be in a better place so that you can truly absorb what you are learning during your time in treatment. A medically supervised detox can help you take this first, albeit important, step. 

Tapering Off Benzos 

Many people mistakenly believe that the best way to remove the influence of benzodiazepines from their life is to stop taking the drug cold turkey. The reality is that this could actually be a deadly decision in some instances. If you decide to partner with Pacific Manor Recovery, we use a detox strategy that will help you to taper off benzos slowly, so you don’t experience the immediate adverse reaction of suddenly no longer taking this drug. You will be closely monitored by our team so that you never put yourself in potential danger. 

Medications Used in Benzo Detox

Your treatment team will help you determine the type of medication best for you to use during benzo detox. Examples of different kinds of medication that may be used during detox include: 

  • Buspirone 
  • Flumazenil 

It would be best if you were completely transparent regarding the extent of your addiction so you can begin treatment on the right foot and with the proper medication.  

Benzo Detox and Rehab at Pacific Manor Recovery 

Detox is only the first step in a recovery journey that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Although you may feel substantially better than you did when you first began the detox, you must follow through and commit to benzo rehab after your time in detox. During recovery, you will have the chance to take a deep dive into the events in your life that may have contributed to developing this disease, which varies from person to person. 

The primary way you will overcome these events or traumas in your life is by participating in different types of therapy, which you will experience during inpatient or outpatient treatment. Although it may feel uncomfortable to take part in counseling actively, this will help you to learn that you can work through these events in such a way so you will not become retraumatized and you can truly focus on living a healthier and more productive life. At Pacific Manor Recovery, we take these steps with you so you never feel alone. It’s also possible that you will make connections with other people in your treatment group that you can lean on for support and vice versa. 

When you decide to come to Pacific Manor Recovery for addiction to benzodiazepines, you will undoubtedly find an entire support system that will provide you with the care and encouragement you need to work through your benzo addiction. You can take comfort in knowing a better way of life that you can experience when you’re ready to tackle your addiction. If you’re prepared to learn more about detox and recovery options at Pacific Manor Recovery, please get in touch with us today at (888) 300-4370.