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Complex painless detoxification from benzodiazepine

Benzodiazepines are psychoactive medicines that serve as antidepressants and belong to the group of anxiolytics. The most popular among them include Diazepam, Lorazepam, Bromazepam, Xanax, Rohypnol, Bensedin. Their regular use stimulates the protective mechanisms of our body and they are the main medicines for solving the problem of insomnia and anxiety.

Benzodiazepines can mask the problem for a while as they initially produce a calming effect but unlike regular tranquilizers, after only four weeks a person can no longer live normally without benzodiazepines, and due to everyday use it can happen that a person drinks alcohol too which may have fatal consequences.

If driving a car, for example, one can lose coordination of movements and cause a car accident.

The use of benzodiazepines also has a bad effect on memory, can lead to so-called anterograde amnesia which is a partial or complete inability to recall recent situations, conversations, and the like.

Many famous people died due to the use of sedative preparations (overdose, suicide …), such as Merlin Monroe, Michael Jackson, etc.

Zavisnost od benzodiazepina

Benzodiazepine addiction

After two or three weeks of daily use of benzodiazepines, due to brain receptor damage, the body creates strong tolerance and in order to feel again this well-being, protection, and safety, this pleasant balance of emotions and the stability provided by benzodiazepines in the first period, it needs higher doses, leading to abuse.

Later, under the effect of benzodiazepine, a person becomes agitated, paranoid, aggressive. And in the absence of the substance, there is a barely tolerable syndrome of abstinence crisis, anxiety, trembling, insomnia, increased salivation, leg and arm cramps and sometimes even convulsions.

The medicine used by doctors in anesthesiology, cardiology, as a prevention of epileptic seizures which so successfully treated neurotonic reactions such as insomnia, fear, panic, depression … after such a short period no longer has any effect and the person feels much worse than earlier, he feels frightened, upset, unprotected … he cannot go to work because he is afraid of contact with people, he is afraid to enter a store, he cannot look at anyone in the eyes, for him even the smallest obligation becomes an enormous effort and an impossible mission.

A man could sit for years by the sea without even wanting to get into the water under the greatest heat, keep the windows closed all the summer and not see sun rays, nothing makes him feel happy anymore and nothing makes to him. The only thing that exists in his life is the “pill”, benzodiazepine, which gives him inner peace and illusion of life.

Benzodiazepines, as medicines that grow strong physical and psychic dependence, are often used by patients who are already addicted to certain substances, most commonly narcotics or alcohol, but also by people who are emotionally unstable, who have never had experience with psychoactive substances but have already inborn psychological disorders and tendencies to panic attacks, depression, anxiety.

It is therefore important to collect all relevant information regarding the patient’s health condition, both physical and mental.
Benzodiazepines, as medicines that grow strong physical and psychic dependence, are often used by patients who are already addicted to certain substances, most commonly narcotics or alcohol, but also by people who are emotionally unstable, who have never had experience with psychoactive substances but have already inborn psychological disorders and tendencies to panic attacks, depression, anxiety.

It is therefore important to collect all relevant information regarding the patient’s health condition, both physical and mental.

Phases of detoxification from benzodiazepine

In order to successfully solve this complex dependency problem and stabilize the patient’s condition, the treatment at our hospital usually lasts 14 days, but based on diagnostics as the initial phase of treatment, an individual approach to the patient is formed which includes a combination of special medical methods aimed at painless detoxification of the body and at the same time protection of damaged organs and the health of the patient.

For the first few days patients are still under the effect of benzodiazepines, only after 3-4 days they start to feel that something is not right, that they did not sleep well, that their skin became sensitive. That’s why detoxification starts immediately and involves short procedures where the patient is put to sleep, daily administration of infusions and medicines eliminating those changes due to the absence of benzodiazepine in the brain, the symptoms of abstinence crises are put off.

Detoxification gives the patient the possibility of normal functioning without these tablets.

Our goal is to discover and cure the cause of benzodiazepine dependence on the basis of the information collected about the patient as benzodiazepines only mask the problem but do not solve it.

1. Diagnostics – the first and very important phase of treatment. The essence of the diagnostic is to assess the physical and psychological condition of the patient. For the assessment of the patient’s physical condition, a standard diagnostic examination includes:
• urine test
• tests for hepatitis B and C, HIV infection
• general blood analysis
• biochemical blood testing
• ECG
• internist examination

For the assessment of the patient’s psychological condition, a standard diagnostic examination implies psychodiagnostics (psychological tests that determine the level of addiction, the extent of the effect of taking benzodiazepines on mental health, whether there are signs of mental disorders, whether there is depression, what the degree of motivation for healing is, self-criticism and preservation of voluntary mechanisms.)

After diagnostics, the results are considered by a team of physicians to develop a strategy and treatment plan. In the event that the diagnosis reveals more serious deviations in the tests, the presence of a risk factor, or the patient has chronic accompanying illnesses, additional tests are organized as required, and therapy for the accompanying illnesses is prescribed.

Depending on the problem, an MRT, EEG, ultrasound, X-ray, endoscopy, medicines and narcotics concentrations analysis, examinations of cardiologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, infectologists, etc. can be done. These additional tests are not included in the price of this treatment package and are charged additionally.

2. Detoxification – detoxification lasts for the first few days. Abstinence symptoms are eliminated and the body is cleared of benzodiazepines. Patients daily receive infusions and pharmacotherapy (psychostabilizers). Regular urine tests are conducted for the presence of benzodiazepine until the body is completely cleansed of sedatives.

It is extremely important that:

• detoxification is quick
• the patient does not feel and does not suffer pain
• that the patient’s sleep and appetite return to normal
• that the patient’s mood becomes stable
• that he no more feels anxiety or depression.

3. Result evaluation – At the end of the treatment, the treatment results are evaluated, the urine tests are negative for the presence of benzodiazepine, the physical and psychological state of the patient is stable, he is prepared to be discharged from the hospital and his relatives are given instructions on how to treat him. Together with the patient, an activity plan for the next month is designed and advice for successful rehabilitation and resocialization is given.

After this 14-day treatment, there is no more crisis threat, the test is negative, but afterward, it is important and necessary to consider the following phase, neurometabolic changes, as a special program, that is, a phase of the regeneration of what was damaged by benzodiazepines.

Our program includes the transport of the patient from an airport or a station to our clinic as well as a return after treatment. At our clinic, doctors and nurses are available for patients 24 hours a day and seven days a week. All doctors are certified anesthesiologists, psychiatrists and psychologists with 10-25 years of experience. The clinic employs more than 60 people. Security of patients and staff is taken care of by the security guard. The facility is also under video surveillance.

Patients are placed in comfortable rooms that have all the elements for a comfortable stay at our clinic. Rooms are cleaned twice a day. In free time, patients can use a living room, swimming pool, hot tub, gym and a gazebo. The clinic also has a safe in which patients can leave their personal belongings that should not be left in the rooms. To those foreign patients who need a visa, we can assist with getting it.

If patients from abroad have an escort, in the form of support, they can stay at our clinic at an extra charge.

Complex painless detoxification from benzodiazepine program –
Laboratory diagnosis and detoxification lasts for 14 days and are performed at our VIP Vorobjev clinic.

Clinic for the treatment of addiction disorders Dr Vorobjev

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