In the case of a mild addiction, withdrawal may take as few as seven days. But as you may suspect, heavy addiction will most likely take longer depending on the quantity and duration of use.
In certain instances, our medical staff may decide it to be beneficial for the patient to be weaned off the benzodiazepine over time in order to minimize, or even prevent, the onset of more serious withdrawal complications.
For the reasons previously stated, it’s not recommended for users to attempt an unsupervised withdrawal. Having a highly trained medical staff and additional emotional support available for patients going through this process can be truly invaluable.
The Rebound Effect
People who were initially prescribed a benzo drug for the treatment of anxiety may find their level of anxiety to be increased within three or four days into detox. This is known as the rebound effect and is a common occurrence for many who have an underlying issue that remains to be addressed.
The Pine Tree Recovery Center medical staff has the ability to prescribe alternate medications to deal with the underlying conditions to help a patient make it past the acute stage of the benzo detox to a point where the anxiety disorder can be properly managed.