List of Benzodiazepine Treatment & Detox Centers for California

The list below will help you on how to find the different Detox & Rehabs for Benzodiazepine Addiction in California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact a treatment specialist at 1-800-304-2219.

Benzodiazepine addiction must be treated with both detox and drug rehabilitation. This process can happen within one of the many different inpatient or outpatient drug treatment facilities throughout the state of California. Benzodiazepines are often prescribed to treat insomnia, seizures, anxiety, and are regularly used to help with severe alcohol withdrawal. The drugs have a very calming and soothing effect upon a person, and this is what can make them so addictive.

Managing Benzodiazepine Misuse and Dependence in California

Many of the problems with benzodiazepines in the state of California include diversion, misuse, dependency, driving impairment, and mortality related to overdose and withdrawal. Some older addicts have seen issues with cognitive decline and increased mortality with long-term use. For example, a Los Angeles County Health Survey in 2011 recorded 5.2% of adults aged 18 or older misused prescription drugs. There was a higher percentage of males aged 18 to 29 misusing prescription drugs, which includes benzodiazepines. The Misuse of benzodiazepines also contributed to the number of opioid-related deaths in the state. It was common practice for many prescribing doctors to administer benzos while someone was prescribed opioids.

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The combination of these substances increased the risk of a drug overdose, primarily when used with alcohol. According to the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), 0.6% of Californians abused pain medication in 2016, and there were over 4700 drug poisoning deaths. Managing an addiction or drug dependency on benzodiazepines starts with tapering off the drug. Prescribing doctors or medical detox programs in California will help a patient accomplish this. Unfortunately, the misuse of benzodiazepines has resulted in many Californians becoming addicted and even some being charged with drug possession. It is illegal in California to possess benzodiazepines unless lawfully prescribed them and or use and be under the influence of benzodiazepines.

How long will benzodiazepines show up on a drug test?

Urine tests to detect benzodiazepines can give a positive result from 2 to 7 hours. However, there are certain benzodiazepines, which can be detected for up to 10 days after consumption. Metabolites can also be detected in hair for up to 30 days. A benzodiazepine (Diazepam) is a classification of drug called a prescription sedative or tranquilizer and directly impacts the central nervous system. Benzodiazepines are highly addictive but are prescribed for legitimate reasons. Some of the commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include Ativan, Xanax, Valium, Librium, Alprazolam, and Klonopin. An addiction to one of these drugs is very serious and can lead to numerous physical and psychological health problems. When someone becomes dependent or addicted to these types of drugs it is usually because of a prescription for them. 

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Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on June 24, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.