Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Chlordiazepoxide is a benzodiazepine drug that, while beneficial for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal, can create problematic issues for those who abuse it. Often, professional rehab is the necessary treatment for chlordiazepoxide addiction, and inpatient care should often be considered.
Chlordiazepoxide Addiction and Inpatient Rehab
According to the National Library of Medicine, “Chlordiazepoxide can be habit-forming” if abused. Though the drug is used to treat alcohol withdrawal, as a benzodiazepine, it can cause serious withdrawal symptoms itself, some of which can be deadly. In addition, it can cause serious overdose syndrome in those who abuse it. Especially someone who has been taking it for alcohol withdrawal and starts to experience these issues should seek inpatient care.
Comorbid mental or addictive disorders must be treated simultaneously, as should your alcohol and chlordiazepoxide addictions (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Those who start taking this medication often suffer from anxiety as well and will experience more issues with this mood disorder if they begin abusing or withdraw from the drug. Inpatient care is often the best treatment choice for individuals who are suffering from multiple disorders all at once.
What Should I Look for in Inpatient Care?
According to the NIDA, “Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical.” Therefore, you should look for an inpatient program where you feel comfortable and where you can imagine yourself living for the duration of your treatment.
If the facility is off-putting to you, you may make excuses to leave early. In addition, a program with a kind and supportive staff will also help patients stay in treatment longer, as they will feel comforted and supported in their decision to attend the program and continue with their recoveries.
For chlordiazepoxide addiction specifically, it is important to make sure that the rehab center you choose offers medication and behavioral therapies to patients. These two evidence-based practices are used in almost every treatment program, but it is especially important you receive access to them because
- You are likely to experience severe withdrawal symptoms for which medications like antidepressants and possibly even antipsychotics may be necessary. In addition, benzodiazepine withdrawal is often treated by tapering the individual slowly off their medication in order to minimize the symptoms (Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior).
- You will need behavioral therapy for not only your chlordiazepoxide addiction but for your alcoholism and any other comorbid disorders. Programs like cognitive-behavioral therapy can treat issues simultaneously and help patients learn to cope with their addictions and other mental disorders so they can avoid further substance abuse in the future.
Most inpatient programs provide hospital-based care, and this will likely be important to your recovery. Suffering from multiple addictions and mood disorders is problematic, and benzodiazepine withdrawal can actually trigger psychotic symptoms in some individuals. This is why you will require the full amount of treatment options available in the rehab center of your choice.
Choosing the Best Option: How Do I Know the Program is Best for Me?
It can be hard to know for certain that a specific rehab program is the best possible option for your needs, but by checking off each facility’s benefits, you can make clear comparisons between each program and decide objectively which will be the best option for your needs.
The best inpatient rehab center should
- Be able to treat your chlordiazepoxide abuse, alcoholism, and any other comorbid disorders simultaneously
- Offer you the treatment options you require (including the possibility of holistic options that may be helpful to your specific needs)
- Set you up with an individualized treatment program with the length, schedule, and methods appropriate to you
- Have a kind and helpful staff dedicated to your needs
- Provide a comfortable atmosphere where you feel you can relax and self-reflect
- Help you transition into an aftercare program when treatment has ended
- Consistently reassess your situation as you go through treatment and change your plan accordingly
- Take your insurance and allow you to make manageable payments for your treatment
You can find out if a particular program will be able to offer you these things by calling the facility and/or scheduling a tour. You have to find the program first, though…
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