Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms and benzodiazepine rebound symptoms are two distinct but related subjects that merit further study to provide the most effective treatment programs that can help persons who wish to withdraw from the benzo class of drugs. 


Persons commonly suffer from both sets of circumstances, even after a very short time on the drug.  Benzo discontinuation withdrawals can be devastatingly extreme, as can the rebound problems. 

What are Benzo Rebound Symptoms

Doctors frequently prescribe benzodiazepine drugs as a course of treatment for anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and many other troublesome conditions. 

Treatment in these cases usually has the purpose of quick suppression of the symptoms, not aiming for a cure. The FDA now recommends no more than 2-4 weeks for benzodiazepines, to mitigate the possibility of severe withdrawals.  

However, even after a relatively short time, when a person tries to stop or tries gradually reducing their usual dose, they may experience a rebound or recurrence of their original symptoms.  Often these symptoms will present more extremely, meaning worse than before, which makes benzo discontinuation unpredictable and can seem near to impossible to endure without assistance. 

What are Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms are new undesirable sensations and reactions that were not present before taking the drug, and begin when a person is attempting to stop taking or reducing the dose of the benzo drug.  The length of time one has been prescribed benzo drugs, as well as the dosage, and the half-life of the drug are all critical factors that can impact titration. Drugs with a more extended half-life (40-250 hours) reportedly produce less severe rebound and withdrawals due to their lingering CNS depression (numbing or masking) effects.  

The withdrawals that benzo drugs evoke are known for their intensity, and can include: 

  • Psychosis
  • DT's (delirium tremens: quick onset of confusion, shaking, irregular heartbeat, can include seizures)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Gastric problems
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Derealization, meaning a disconnected feeling from the reality of self or ones surroundings.
  • Extreme sensitivity to stimuli
  • Suicidal behaviors, suicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Rebound insomnia
  • Rebound anxiety

 Holistic Help for Benzodiazepine Withdrawals and Rebound Symptoms

The Alternative to Meds Center has been helping people to come off benzodiazepine drugs for well over a decade. The aim is to normalize sleep, anxiety and other difficulties as much as possible before starting the tapering process, which can help reduce the intensity of withdrawals by a marked degree. 

Many modalities of treatment are used in our program to afford maximum comfort to the client and to minimize the problems that might arise during withdrawal from benzodiazepines. Clinicians and the medical staff design each person's program to address a person's unique set of circumstances and needs.  Consulting the client throughout the program makes active participation possible in the structuring and content of their program. 

A cleanse is an important step to complete before attempting to taper from benzo drugs. An accumulation of toxins can exacerbate the symptoms that a client may be experiencing, and clearing these neurotoxins helps ease the whole benzo discontinuation process. Many other holistic components are available for relaxation, nutritional therapy, counseling, and much more. 

Get Help Today for Benzodiazepine Withdrawals

You can get more information on the program that Alternative to Meds Center offers by calling and speaking to any of our knowledgeable and caring pre-admissions staff. We urge you to discover how the program we offer can help you or your loved one to overcome benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.  

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