1729 Wildwood Dr., Virginia Beach

Clinic Hours:

9am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), Closed (Sat & Sun)

Clinic Number:

(757) 938-3654

Treatment For BenzodiazepineUse Disorder (BUD)

Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) is a premier outpatient addiction clinic with locations across Virginia. Read about our unique program that treat Benzodiazepine use disorder.

What are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs primarily used for treating anxiety, but they also are effective in treating several other conditions. The exact mechanism of action of benzodiazepines is not known, but they appear to work by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain


Some of the most common Benzodiazepines are:

  • alprazolam (Xanax)
  • chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • clorazepate (Tranxene)
  • diazepam (Valium)
  • estazolam (Prosom)
  • flurazepam (Dalmane)
  • lorazepam (Ativan)
  • midazolam (Versed)
  • oxazepam (Serax)
  • temazepam (Restoril)
  • triazolam (Halcion)
  • quazepam (Doral)


Signs of Benzodiazepine Abuse:

  • confusion
  • slurred speech
  • seizures or convulsions
  • severe drowsiness or coma
  • shakiness
  • slow heartbeat
  • difficulty breathing
  • severe weakness.

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms

When benzodiazepine treatment is stopped abruptly, patients may develop withdrawal symptoms. Factors that increase the risk and severity of withdrawal symptoms include high doses and long term benzodiazepine use.


  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle tension
  • Tremors or
  • Muscle twitching or spasms
  • Headaches
  • Cravings


Less common and more severe symptoms:

  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis or psychotic reactions
  • Increased risk of suicidal ideation


Prompt recognition and treatment of Benzodiazepine withdrawal is crucial as this condition may be life threatening. 

Can Medicine Help to Alleviate the Withdrawal Symptoms?

While no specific drugs have been developed to help control the withdrawal process from benzodiazepines, some medications can help alleviate some of the more severe symptoms. Drugs like Buspirone and Flumazenil in combination with other symptom relieving medications including the following can be utilized. 

Here At Inspiration Health

Clients receive all the treatments they need to address their Benzodiazepine Use Disorder (BUD), all conveniently located under one roof. Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center’s medication-assisted treatments offer our clients convenient and inexpensive outpatient options to help them reclaim control of their health. With the purpose of providing each client with a team of professionals to treat their unique, specific needs, we ensure transparent and communicative interactions between our physicians, counselors, and care coordinators. We recognize that, while certain substance use disorders share symptoms, no two people’s journeys are the same, which is why we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center.


When customers become members of the Inspiration Family and walk through our doors, they can rest assured that they will be treated with dignity and without prejudice. Individuals suffering from Benzodiazepine Use Disorder must have considerable fortitude to make the decision to reclaim control of their lives. The IHAT staff takes great satisfaction in providing a welcoming and safe atmosphere for anyone who chooses to join us on this path to recovery from substance abuse.


Medication-assisted treatment, individual, group, and family counseling, as well as complete care coordination, are all part of our program.

Medication-Assisted Treatment For BenzodiazepineUse Disorder (BUD)

Medication-Assisted Treatment, or “MAT,” is a type of treatment that combines several medications to address substance abuse. Although there is no single treatment to treat BUD, there are several medications that a doctor may give to treat the symptoms of Benzodiazepine withdrawal. These drugs can help with not just the psychological and physical symptoms of withdrawal, but also with maintaining long-term recovery throughout the maintenance phase of the recovery process.

A combination of the following medicines may be utilized to make the initial withdrawal from Benzodiazepines as smooth and comfortable as possible for each client as they transition into a new healthy life in recovery:

  • Clonidine: a drug that can aid with anxiety, impatience, and racing thoughts
  • Trazadone: an anti-insomnia medication that also enhances mood and appetite
  • Buspirone: helps to lessen irritation while also reducing anxiety and quick heartbeat
  • Tizanidine: reduces muscle spasms
  • Imodium: relieves diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and other muscle aches and pains caused by opioid withdrawal
  • Wellbutrin: can alleviate some of the reoccurring obsessive thoughts of wanting to use more Benzodiazepines
  • Modafinil: an anti-insomnia drug that promotes rest
  • Flumazenil- has shown help in relieving withdrawal symptoms

Counseling and Care Coordination to Assist our Clients Suffering from BUD


Counseling is known to be a key component in an individual’s recovery when used in addition to Medication-Assisted Treatment for the treatment of and recovery from Benzodiazepine use disorders. Our licensed professional counselors and other members of the counseling department are trained in substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling. They regularly conduct individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Techniques used by our Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder counselors include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Counseling helps clients address grief and loss, family relationships, anger management, and other underlying conditions that may be hindering recovery. Clients are also taught coping skills and given the necessary tools to identify and avoid triggers that may also be necessary for recovery. 

Individual Counseling

With every effort made to make treatment as convenient as possible for those suffering from addictions of all kinds, it is feasible to see your counselor, care coordinator, and medical practitioner on the same day at the same location when seeking help at IHAT. Clients can come to individual therapy sessions in our inviting office that is a friendly, safe, and secure environment. To address the physical and psychological effects of a substance use disorder, clients will have an individual treatment plan prepared in collaboration with their physicians and counseling staff. Individual counseling sessions can help each client develop coping skills, identify substance use triggers, develop a relapse prevention strategy, and treat co-occurring psychological issues that have made maintaining sobriety nearly impossible. If a client’s schedule makes personal attendance problematic, telehealth allows them to attend individual therapy sessions; nonetheless, personal presence is encouraged whenever possible.

Group Counseling

Today, many people suffer from Benzodiazepine Use Disorder (BUD). Here at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we want our clients to know they are not alone. Our trained counseling staff members organize and chair group counseling sessions throughout the week in our beautiful facilities. Group sessions allow clients the opportunity to hear from other people who are afflicted by BUD and process new ideas presented by the counselor on how to live healthier lives without the use of harmful substances. The support gained through open communication during group sessions has proved effective not only in the initial stages of recovery but throughout long-term sustained sobriety. Clients are also given the opportunity to join groups and counseling sessions by telehealth if a client’s schedule makes personal attendance difficult, but personal attendance is encouraged when possible.

Care Coordination

At Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we have substance use care coordinators who ensure that necessary services, including mental health services, are available to our clients. Our care coordinators and interdisciplinary team, which includes our medical doctors, make referrals, and connect clients to community resources to meet our clients’ social needs. That includes individual care plans our clients participate in that are developed in conjunction with our doctors, medical professionals, and counselors to meet our clients’ individual needs and track their progress in overcoming Benzodiazepine use disorder.

Choosing to Stop is Difficult. Getting Help Should be Easy

We understand that our clients have a lot on their plates, whether it’s work, family, education, or legal commitments. Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center offers a variety of days and times to schedule your next appointment. What if you can’t make it to the clinic for an in-person appointment? No problem. We offer telehealth appointments that clients can attend anywhere they have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Telehealth is a straightforward procedure. Clients simply supply Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center with a valid email address, receive a link, and click on the link to attend the telemedicine appointment on the scheduled date and time. If the client has a camera on their phone, tablet, or computer, they will be able to view and talk with the doctor or licensed professional counselor as if they were in the same room.

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