Benzodiazepine Addiction

Dr. Locketz is very skilled in the outpatient drug detox from benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. Detoxification from benzodiazepines can be particularly difficult for patients. The anxiety and other symptoms associated with benzo withdrawal can be tremendous.

A successful benzodiazepine detoxification requires a slow taper, a close therapeutic relationship between the physician and the patient, as well as regular office visits and phone follow-ups.

Dr. Locketz’s overall success rate with benzodiazepine detoxification is due, in part, to his ability to treat anxiety disorders and pain. His philosophy is to always tailor the treatment to each individual patient.

Detoxification from benzodiazepines can absolutely be the most difficult detox for patients to accomplish. The anxiety and withdrawal symptoms that develop can protracted and severe. I follow the Ashton Method (www.benzo.org.uk/manual/) for benzo detoxification. In addition, I prescribe medications to not only treat the primary anxiety disorder, but to treat the withdrawal symptoms as well. Antidepressants such as Prozac and Cymbalta are used for the treatment of anxiety disorders. Remeron is antidepressant that works particularly well in treating insomnia, primary anxiety disorders, and benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms. Some of the medications that I use for treating withdrawal symptoms include Neurontin, Baclofen, and Topamax for sleep and anxiety, beta blockers for physical symptoms such as palpitations, and Atarax, an antihistamine, for insomnia and anxiety.

DETOXIFICATION GOALS

 

Prevent or decrease the chance of medical complications of withdrawal.

Provide as much comfort as possible for the patient.

Prepare the patient to do recovery work in order to maintain abstinence.

 

ADDICTION WITHDRAWAL MEDICATIONS

Dr. Locketz is also a specialist in the application of unique addiction psychopharmacology (medications) to treat the symptoms of:

Post-acute withdrawal – symptoms during the immediate period after detoxification.

Protracted withdrawal – symptoms that persist after detoxification for weeks, months, or longer.

The overall goal is to provide the safest and most comfortable medical detox as possible.