Custom-Designed Programs to Taper Off Benzodiazepines

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Are You or a Loved One Dependent on Benzos?

One of the most insidious and pervasive addictions in our culture today is addiction to the benzodiazepine class of medications. These include alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), tempazepam (Restoril), lorazepam (Ativan) and others. Commonly prescribed by psychiatrists and primary care doctors for anxiety, panic attacks and PTSD, the use of benzodiazepines often creates a separate problem of psychological and physiological dependence. This phenomenon is often poorly understood, and poorly communicated by the prescribing physician.

Thus when many people try to get off their benzos, they are confronted with a variety of difficulties which may include recurrent and persistent anxiety, severe insomnia, panic attacks, difficulty concentrating, mood instability, and restlessness. Attempts to taper the medication are often unsuccessful. Some find that the withdrawal symptoms last a long time. Many wonder if it’s just their original anxiety problem coming back, or if they have now created a new problem of benzodiazepine dependence that’s an independent entity now.

Meet Our Medical Director

Paul Abramson MD, is board certified in Addiction Medicine and has been working with patients struggling with various kinds of addiction for his entire career. He has frequently treated individuals suffering from benzodiazepine dependence, and has a variety of methods for helping them, including individually-designed slow benzo tapers loosely based on the methods of Heather Ashton PhD, author of the Ashton Manual (https://www NULL.benzo, and the use of adjunctive medications, dietary supplements, and other methods that greatly improve the success of a benzo taper.

Integrative Substance Abuse Treatment

We offer a comprehensive and intensive outpatient treatment program that can include a combination of medical care, integrative and functional medicine treatment, psychotherapy, group support, medical nutrition therapy, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, self tracking and Quant Coaching, animal-assisted therapy (AAT). We can mobilize any needed resources based on an individual’s unique needs after our comprehensive initial evaluation, and are expert at keeping people independent and “outpatient” who are otherwise facing going to a facility, inpatient rehab or other institutional setting.

Treatment For Professionals

We frequently do Substance Abuse Evaluations for Professionals under regulatory or legal scrutiny. We can implement comprehensive evaluation, treatment as needed, medically-supervised random drug testing protocols, and help you build a “recovery resume” to satisfy the requirements of your regulatory board, your employer, your spouse, or the court.

Co-Occurring Addictions and Other Challenges

Dr. Abramson is also expert at treating people suffering from addiction to multiple substances, such as opiates and benzodiazepines, benzodiazpines and stimulants, and even opiates, benzodiazepines and stimulants. Many times there are also underling mood disorders, chronic painful conditions, and cognitive or attentional problems, that make detoxification from the medications difficult. Individuals with co-occurring dependencies and underlying medical or psychological problems, are most likely to benefit from our multi-modal team treatment approach.

Need More Information About Our Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment Program?

Our full range of addiction treatment services is available during regular business hours. For urgent situations after hours or on weekends, please use the option to page the doctor on call. Depending on the situation, a team may be able to be mobilized for urgent after hours situations, or we can help you figure out the appropriate next steps.

To Schedule an Appointment or for More Information

Call us today on (415) 963-4431 or send us an email enquiry.


Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment was last modified: January 7th, 2016 by Paul Abramson MD

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