Don't be your own lawyer and don't be your own doctor!
Just as one should never be their own lawyer, one should never be their own doctor, this is especially true for benzodiazepine treatment and recovery. Addiction is a progressive illness and the longer the chemical (drug) has been used and/or the higher the dosage the more offset the neurochemistry becomes. The human mind is infinitely complex and addiction is effectively a long-term poisoning.
In order to produce the desired effects, the chemical (drug) must effect the natural neurochemistry and when that is done for a long time the effects on the system as a whole are jeopardized. Multiple systems can be and quite often are, affected at once and include the; dopamine, serotonin, GABA, opiate, cannaboid, and endorphin systems. Each drug releases some version of these naturally occurring hormones in our brains.
These brain chemicals or hormones make up the very systems that a person must need for survival. These impossibly complex neurochemicals are the reward mechanisms that all of us NEED in order to WANT to eat, have sex, go to work, make friends, have family, defend what is ours and fall in love. In essence these systems are the "human spirit" that drives us all. When an outside chemical (drug) influences these systems, long and hard enough, it also influences the very thing that makes us human and want to remain so.
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Why treatment works!
Chemical (drugs) alter our reward pathway circuitry and from the very beginning makes the person associate the chemical (drug) with reward. It is not until the system is under siege months or years later that the drug visibly hijacks the "human spirit". The person is ill from years of chemical use. As such the affected person is not a good choice for making medical decisions. The truth of the matter is that the longer a person can remain off the chemical (drug) the higher the chances there are for recovery. This is echoed in the 12 step approach of "counting sober days" and is the key ingredient of every treatment facility that offers 30 day treatment or longer.
Complications can easily arise during the benzodiazepine withdrawal or benzodiazepine detox process which can cause extreme transient emotional events for some. When this is combined with symptoms like; extreme sensitivity to light, touch, smell and sound, hallucinations, depersonalization, derealization, seizures and more. You have the very real risk that something could go horribly wrong. There is unquestionably internal pain and fear at some points during the detox/withdrawal process for some people. A qualified benzodiazepine treatment program can make all the difference in comfort, safety and success.
When these transient episodes occur, it is very difficult for the person to understand they are safe when everything inside them is saying otherwise. It is very difficult for people not familiar with the process to see and understand. Family and friends can be of little help in consoling the person during these times in withdrawal. While some long-term users successfully withdraw on their own and with minimal or no medical attention, its just not a good idea. When and if extreme anxiety episodes occur there are other medications that can be prescribed that can lessen or eliminate these episodes. Addiction medical professionals that see it everyday understand, because they have helped people through it before.
The extra support comes from new friends when you need it most
Most importantly however, the person will be getting a lot of additional support and new friends. These friends as they will soon discover are like them in many ways. They understand how it feels because they are going through it themselves, AND THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE. Group therapy is a big part of addiction and is a shining success of a therapy that works, you simply can't understand addiction unless you lived it yourself. In very short order everyone in the benzodiazepine treatment facility has banded together - an instant brotherhood and sisterhood of sorts. Laughter, along with some crying, makes everyone fast friends and this in turn creates a solid support system in the first 30 days, when it is needed most.