National Intervention Services


National Intervention Services


Benzodiazepine Intervnetion

Benzodiazepines (Benzos) are neural suppressors that slow down mental activity in the brain. The most common types of benzodiazepines that individuals may be prescribed are Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Librium or Dalmane – all of which may be prescribed for individuals struggling with anxiety, stress, and/or sleeplessness.

Benzodiazepines are one of the most widely prescribed agents in the United States. Like alcohol, benzodiazepines have a similar sedating effect on our brains, and often tolerance is established – more of the substance is needed to have the same effect. As tolerance continues to build, physiological and physical dependence begin. At this point, a medical detoxification is necessary to thwart the possibility of extreme consequences, seizures and sometimes death.

The type of intervention support needed depends largely on the type of benzodiazepine, quantity and over how long a period of time your loved one has been using or abusing and what, if any, other drugs (including alcohol) they are using in conjunction. Oftentimes, the synergistic effects can be very dangerous.

If there is someone in your life who is struggling with benzodiazepine abuse, they should not stop on their own, but seek medical evaluation. Either a voluntary detoxification or following a benzodiazepine intervention often are required prior to seeking the support needed to break the cycle.

At AR Intervention, we understand how difficult it can be to watch your loved ones hurting themselves or others while struggling with their addiction. No matter how difficult it may be to watch it, imagine what it’s like to live through it. If someone you know requires an intervention, contact our office today at (312) 625-0024. Our intervention counselors are ready to listen, provide support, and answer any questions you have.

The Intervention Process

Although staging a benzodiazepine intervention for your loved one can be a difficult decision to make, it is important to remember that intervention may mean the difference between life and death. It is also important to remember that a drug intervention is not just for the wellbeing of the addict, but also for the wellbeing of you and everyone in your loved one’s life.

Another important thing to understand is that every intervention will differ, contingent on what substance(s) your loved one is abusing, length and severity of the addiction, and -most importantly- their openness and willingness to commit to making a change – with deference to discretion and choosing the right approach for the individual.

Often times, your loved ones are using/ abusing more than one substance, often leading to dangerous synergistic effect. This classification of addiction – aptly identified as polysubstance use disorder – is much more common. It is common that is addition to abusing benzodiazepines, he/she also enjoys “partying” with alcohol, opiates, cocaine or marijuana. In these instances, the individual may not be classified as a “benzo addict” as there may be a series of underlying addictions in play that will need to be addressed and confronted.

Two of the most common type of benzodiazepine addicts we receive requests for help with are those that combine benzodiazepines with alcohol and those that combine benzodiazepines with opiates. Those that combine benzodiazepines and alcohol typically become dependent and then addicted to benzos because the combination of the drug with alcohol increases the desired effects. Additionally – like alcoholics – many benzo addicts, become addicted to the drug first in attempt to treat anxiety or depression, then developing physical and psychological dependence. Oftentimes anxiety is misrepresented to doctors as an underlying factor, rather than a side effect of alcohol withdrawal.

Those that blend benzodiazepines and opiates are the next most common group we encounter. Patients who have become addicted to opiate-based drugs, especially heroin, are often prescribed Suboxone or Subutex as a method for MAT – Medication Assisted Treatment. MAT agents often contain an opiate-blocker, which makes it difficult for the user to get high while on opiates; however, taking benzos in addition to MAT agents provides the user an enhanced/high effect. Staging an intervention for a benzodiazepine and opiate addict often requires confronting not the solutions (benzodiazepine and opiate), but the underlying problems.

Regardless of the type of drug(s) your loved one is abusing, like any intervention, timing is the most important factor. Benzodiazepine users typically struggle with intense anxiety, can being impulsive and have maladaptive stress responses to stressful situations. This is why it is important to have a clinically trained interventionist on your team hand to maintain decorum and smooth transition to treatment.

If the intervention is successful and the addict agrees to accept treatment, they will be transported to the predetermined treatment center as soon as possible. If your loved one refuses to seek treatment, those involved will have no choice but to accept their refusal, and follow through on boundaries established during the intervention process.

Withdrawal Symptoms Following the Benzodiazepine Intervention

The ultimate goal of a benzodiazepine intervention is to safely detoxify from benzodiazepines in a safe environment and learn more effective coping skills to stressors. It is important to understand that there may be mild to serious withdrawal symptoms the individual will undergo as they begin the process of detoxification.

If your loved one has agreed to cease taking benzodiazepines, they will most certainly undergo withdrawal symptoms, which may include any of the following, either independently or in combination:

Severe Anxiety

Elevated blood pressure / Pulse


Delusional Thinking


Death (acute withdrawal)

Because of the intense and serious withdrawal symptoms that may occur following cessation of benzodiazepines, it is essential – and our responsibility – to have coordinated medical plans in place.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

Staging a benzodiazepine intervention for your loved one can be a difficult decision to make, but it is important to remember that this intervention can mean the difference between life and death. It is also important to remember that a benzodiazepine intervention is not just for the wellbeing of the addict, it is also for the wellbeing of you and everyone in your loved one’s life.

Whether you are struggling with benzodiazepine addiction or seeking guidance and support for someone you know, we are committed to providing you and your loved one with the care and support you need. For additional information about support for overcoming benzodiazepine addiction, please contact us today at (312) 625-0024. Help is just a phone call away.


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Regardless of the type of intervention services you are seeking, our team is ready to provide a highly structured, comprehensive intervention approach. We pride ourselves on designing interventions that help families start the journey towards healing. Whether you or a loved one are suffering, we are here to support you. 

Our approach is aimed at helping clients and their families understand the impact that their condition has on their lives. We are committed to ensuring that everyone in our care receives the support and compassion needed to make changes in their lives. 

If you are in need of counseling services, our team of professionals is ready to provide a safe, supportive environment to help you address your substance use or mental health disorder. At AR Intervention, we are committed to ensuring you receive the care and support to begin your recovery journey. We understand that recovery may seem impossible at times. However, there is always hope for a brighter future free of addiction. Our counselors are ready to listen, provide support, and answer any questions you may have. Start your journey with us today!