Prolonged use of Benzodiazepine-based drugs can trigger painful and debilitating withdrawal symptoms making it nearly impossible for those with dependencies to stop taking them without medical assistance
Beverly Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) February 23, 2009
The Waismann Method, leaders in the field of medical opiate detoxification, today announced an exclusive treatment developed for patients with dependencies to Benzodiazepines, which include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan. The Waismann Method of Accelerated Benzodiazepine Neuro-Regulation (ABN) involves a safe, medically-assisted withdrawal from Benzodiazepines in a hospital setting, which takes approximately five to seven days, as opposed to traditional detoxification/rehabilitation methods that require 30 to 90 days. The treatment can be given alone or concurrently with anesthesia-assisted detoxification from opiates, if necessary, which was pioneered by Waismann Method doctors more than 10 years ago. This safe, new approach to Benzodiazepine withdrawal represents a significant advance over traditional Benzodiazepine detoxification, which, even when done gradually, can be dangerous, and even life threatening, according to Dr. Clifford Bernstein, medical director for The Waismann Method.
"Prolonged use of Benzodiazepine-based drugs can trigger painful and debilitating withdrawal symptoms making it nearly impossible for those with dependencies to stop taking them without medical assistance," said Dr. Bernstein. "In the past, people dependent on these drugs had to endure slow detoxification in a rehabilitation setting, which typically focuses on psychological dependence but neglects to address the physical reliance. We want patients to understand there is no need for unnecessary suffering in order to treat dependency."
Benzodiazepines are among the most widely prescribed medications today, and are typically used to sedate, relieve anxiety, induce sleep and relieve muscle spasms. Stopping abruptly after long term use of these medications may cause seizures and possibly death. Other common symptoms of Benzodiazepine withdrawal include anxiety, insomnia, agitation, muscle spasms, cramps, blurred vision, dizziness, dry mouth, numbness, impaired memory and concentration, chest pain, sleep problems, fatigue, weakness, nightmares and hallucinations. Even slow, gradual weaning from these medications is likely to result in prolonged withdrawal symptoms, often leading to months of debilitating anxiety, depression, and insomnia, due to changes in the brain following long term Benzodiazepine use.
Medically assisted withdrawal using Accelerated Benzodiazepine Neuro-Regulation enables individuals to safely and comfortably reverse their dependence on Benzodiazepines, without prolonged withdrawal. Patients report feeling no drug cravings, and minimal withdrawal symptoms following completion of Accelerated Benzodiazepine Neuro-Regulation, according to Dr. Bernstein.
"In the past, people battling dependencies to prescription medications have hidden their problem due to the stigma associated with their inability to stop taking these drugs," said Dr. Bernstein. "Dependency is a chemical imbalance that can occur through legitimate use, and needs to be medically addressed. We hope that anyone suffering dependency to Benzodiazepines will seek the help they deserve to reclaim their lives."
Patients in the Waismann program are supervised closely in a hospital setting to maximize success and safety. All Waismann Method physicians are board certified in anesthesiology, pain management, and addiction medicine. The detoxification process is performed in a monitored hospital setting. Treatment is tailored to the unique medical needs of each individual patient.
For more information about The Waismann Methodcall 1-800-423-2482 or send an email to info (at) opiates (dot) com. For media interviews please contact Rachel Kay at 619-867-7353 or send an email to rachel (at) rkpr (dot) net.
About The Waismann Method
Performed in a hospital intensive care setting, The Waismann Method involves the administration of medications to reverse the physiological dependence of opiates or Benzodiazepines while the symptoms of withdrawal are addressed. During the procedure, the patient experiences minimal conscious withdrawal, and will be able to return home within days. Sixty five to seventy five percent of the prescription drug dependent patients who are treated with The Waismann Method remain drug free after one year.
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