From a young age, we were taught to wake up and grasp the life around us and not take a moment for granted. We were surrounded by kids’ TV shows that promoted happiness and challenged our thoughts to help us grow. As we got older and more in touch with our emotions, that false sense of security started to fade for some of us. We started experiencing a feeling of worry, fear, and uneasiness.
Going out became more of a chore, and some might have experienced an upset stomach, nausea, dry mouth, or tension when they were around other people. If you’re like some people, you began learning about anxiety and realized it affected you and that you didn’t know what to do. While occasional anxiety and stress are common when facing difficult situations, it’s not something you should always be experiencing.
For those battling the indescribable feeling of anxiety, it’s common to seek chemical relief as a means of escaping their problems. At first, it may seem like it’s working. Once you ingest a benzodiazepine, your issues seemingly melt away. However, you’re only numb to these issues as they still exist. Even worse, benzodiazepines are extremely addictive and can do more harm than good. Studies have found that benzodiazepine dependence can occur in as little as 14 days of taking them. Most doctors won’t even prescribe the drug for more than two weeks at a time because of this problem, but when your doctor gives you something for a legitimate issue, it’s more of a challenge to recognize you’ve developed an issue. Since it’s only a short-term fix, many people will turn to purchase illicit drugs from the street to fuel their habit.
You realize the vast complexity of this situation when you see the number of people who struggle with anxiety and insomnia, which are two primary conditions benzodiazepines are used to treat. According to the Anxiety & Depression Foundation of America (ADAA), an astonishing 40 million adults battle anxiety annually in the United States. One-third of them will reach out for the help they need, translating to an incredible number of benzodiazepine prescriptions circulating in society. Those in Trenton, New Jersey, are no stranger to benzodiazepine addiction, prevalent throughout the state. However, there is concern that benzodiazepines are the new opioids.
As benzodiazepines and other drugs sweep through Trenton, doctors released a stark warning about the crisis reaching levels similar to what we see with opioids in the United States. Although these drugs were initially crafted to be a less-addictive alternative to barbiturates, researchers soon realized the medications produced similar levels of addiction and severe withdrawal symptoms. Even though benzodiazepines have these issues, they’re the most prescribed drugs by doctors in the United States, a title that won’t be relinquished anytime soon.
When your doctor provides you with medication to treat an ailment that causes havoc in your life, it’s quite challenging to determine when you’ve crossed the line from therapeutic use into a dangerous substance use disorder (SUD). At this stage, you likely feel helpless, hopeless, and unaware of what you can do. You’ve tried to stop but encountered withdrawal symptoms so severe that it scared you into taking more. Perhaps, you’ve heard about the continuum of care and benzodiazepine detox and treatment in Trenton but don’t know what it consists of or who to call. Fortunately, we want to share this information with you and get the help you or your loved one needs.
Trenton, New Jersey, is located in Mercer County. The state as a whole has been dealt a bad hand when it comes to drug addiction. According to data from the state, there were 98,628 admissions into addiction treatment. There are two ways of looking at this. On the one hand, nearly 100,000 people had problems severe enough that warranted getting help. On the other hand, people took action and made the changes necessary to lead a better and healthier sober life. The results catch your attention because of the high numbers, but they also indicate the state could be on the mend as people seek addiction treatment for benzodiazepines and other drugs.
Trenton was responsible for 4,265 of these admissions. Unfortunately, Mercer County broke records for the number of overdose deaths in 2021. According to officials, it was the worst year on record. Although opioids outpaced benzodiazepines, the county coroner reported 57 confirmed drug overdose deaths in 2021, with another 30 cases pending. The pandemic has worsened the rate of substance abuse and drug overdose. For this reason, we must connect with the communities and educate them about the dangers of drug addiction. Just because a doctor or another medical professional gives you a benzodiazepine, it can still be dangerous.
If you’re in Trenton and fed up with feeling like you need benzodiazepines to feel normal, it’s time to get help. Below, we’ll go over what you can expect when entering our facility.
It’s time to get the help you need. The longer you put it off, the higher the odds are of a fatal overdose. Let’s take a look at what you can expect.
Partial care, as it’s known in New Jersey, is the same treatment modality as partial hospitalization (PHP). When admitted to PHP, expect to participate in therapy sessions around 20 hours per week. These are divided into four or five times a week, depending on your treatment plan. In most cases, it lasts around six weeks, but a PHP program could be shorter or longer. When you wrap up therapy for the day, you can return home. Since each person has unique needs, they’ll be treated as such with a plan tailored around them. Partial care is more intensive than intensive outpatient, and you can expect to attend the following evidence-based therapies:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Dual Diagnosis Therapy
Intensive outpatient treatment is the following step in benzodiazepine detox and treatment in Trenton. Fortunately, you can expect sessions with fewer people than other support groups, meaning you’ll have more time with the clinician to focus on your needs. These sessions typically last around three hours at a time for five days per week. During a stint in IOP, you’ll be given set milestones to reach. When you achieve these, your session requirements will be reduced until you’ve completed the program. Once your sessions are finished each day, you’ll be allowed to go home.
Many people believe they’re cured once they complete time in benzodiazepine detox and treatment in Trenton. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Addiction is a lifelong disease that will likely persist long after you’ve achieved sobriety. For that reason, when you leave the walls of treatment, you must continue taking care of yourself. Summit Behavioral Health is happy to assist you during aftercare and connect you to alumni and 12-step programs. They’ll help you find sober activities and take advantage of your new life.
Benzodiazepine Detox & Treatment in Trenton FAQ
If we’ve convinced you to get the help you need, we understand there are some additional questions you’ll need answering before committing. Fortunately, we’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions and provided answers below. If we’ve missed yours or couldn’t give a sufficient response, please contact our staff.
How long is rehab?
The short answer? It depends. How long have you abused benzodiazepines? Are you taking any other drugs or alcohol along with benzos? Do you have a mental health condition that requires treatment? These are all factors that determine how long your stint will be in rehab. For that reason, we cannot give a definitive answer until you’re thoroughly assessed upon entry.
Does Summit Behavioral Health provide transportation?
If it removes a barrier you have for treatment, we’ll provide transportation for you to and from the airport, train, or bus station and to off-site appointments. You’ll be responsible for any additional expenses you incur.
How much does drug rehab cost?
It depends. If you’re abusing other drugs and alcohol, have a mental health condition, and don’t have insurance, you’re going to pay more than someone who doesn’t have these problems and has insurance. The answer varies from one person to the next. You must contact our staff to determine the cost.
Do I have to travel?
Whether you live in Trenton, New Jersey, or in another state, you must travel to participate at our treatment center.
What insurance carriers does Summit Behavioral Health take?
Fortunately, we’re in-network with many major insurance companies and accept many more. Please contact our intake coordinator to determine if we accept your insurance. Also, please call your insurance company to determine coverage.